Every piece of the Temescal line, crafted by Maggie Burnham's Oakland-based Lab 31, is adorned with two unmistakable trademarks: a well-positioned lotus inlay in colored wood and a smooth edge or two interrupted by a curved protrusion that echos the size and shape of the lotus.
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."
Contact Lab 31 through info (at) lab31 (dot) com, or 415.505.1847 to commission custom work or a piece from the Temescal line.