Big slab wood furniture is chic, but it is often very expensive. We recently found Jeff Taylor's Madara Designs, which fabricates a wide range of beautiful slab furniture right out of Brooklyn at better prices than the fancy pants at BDDW and Tucker Robbins.
And before you worry, Madara only sells ecologically sound wood that has been harvested from fallen or buried trees throughout Central America. Slicing up the logs into generous slabs, Madara's design sense pairs the exotic hardwoods with the "clean modern lines of handmade metalwork". There are also some amazing "driftwood" pieces.
All Madara's work is custom, but they do everything from small coffee tables to huge dining tables for the Prince of Jordan. Take a look through their gallery and give them a call.
Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.
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