These details seem small and they can even be omitted if you're a purist, but we think they're intrinsic to the standout quality of Lab31's beautifully designed and constructed furniture.
Lab31's guiding spirit, Maggie Birmingham, has degrees in engineering (Stanford) and fine arts (California College of the Arts), a combination that shows in the precision of her craft, her subtle use of color, and her apppreciation for the minutest detail. She founded her company in 2004 in Oakland because of the city's "cloudless blue sky, ripening oranges, lemons, and pears," and the "rich red of the mole at our favorite nearby Oaxacan resaturant."
With a repetoire ranging from mirrors to tables, the Temescal line is constructed from solid wood in any of three wood species (maple, quarter sawn white oak, and walnut), with four inlay colors available for each, so there are customization opportunities available to suit many palettes. The focus though is on the wood itself, and it is beautifully finished and left unstained. The colored inlays play counterpoint, highlighting the wood's natural color and grain.
Contact Lab 31 through info (at) lab31 (dot) com, or 415.505.1847 to commission custom work or a piece from the Temescal line.