A friend of ours told recently us about the furniture that the folks at the graphic design studio, Oat, made for their studio in Somerville. We loved the idea, and when we went to check it out we had a great time visiting and hearing how they made it. Rory, Oat's founder, took plumbing pipes and joined them, making creative desks and a simple coffee table that wouldn't be too hard to customize yourself. More details and photos after the jump
Rory connected inexpensive black pipes from Home Depot in an simply designed desk and coffee table. We loved the thin-diameter pipes he used which made the pieces look elegant, and their well thought-out design. The desktops are reclaimed walnut which add to their rough industrial look. He and Jen, Oat's co-founder and creative director, had the pipes cut to length and then screwed them together themselves. This would be a great look for desk in a home office, or a coffee table customized to a odd-sized space.
Oat is a talented, small graphic design studio whose clients include Wagamama, Porches Inn, Harvard Graduate School of Design and MTV. Their work is forward-thinking and original, as we could tell from their fun and unique office. While we were hanging out talking to Rory, Jen and Sara, we also noticed and became enamored with their cool tumbleweed of white picket fence, a sculpture given to them by friend and artist Lauren Was, who is a graduate of RISD and based in NYC.
Rory said that the approximate cost of the desk with all of the fittings and pipe was less than $80. This didn't include the tabletop. You can find reclaimed lumber for that at a lumber yard.