Urban Hardwoods

Store History

  • Founded: 2002
  • Founded by: Jim Newsom
  • Headquarters: Seattle

Store History: Urban Hardwoods was founded by Jim Newsom in 2002 to create beautiful furniture from trees that would have ended up in landfills. Now, instead of being discarded, they are harvested and turned into beautiful live edge tables, slab tables, slice tables, headboards, bar stools and mirrors.

One of our favorite resources for live edge tables, Urban Hardwoods recently opened an outpost here in Los Angeles on the design corridor on La Cienaga. We recently got a chance to stop by. In person, the pieces are as majestic and as breathtaking as the trees from which they spring, an fitting tribute to Mother Nature. They truly inspire awe.

Although we were originally drawn to Urban Hardwoods for their live edge tables, they also create tree stump tables and smooth edge slice tables (which join together two slices from the trunk of a single, narrow tree so that the two planks form a mirror image of each other) as well as headboards, bar stools and mirrors. We love that no trees are harmed in the making of their furniture; they harvest trees in Washington State which have been downed through age or weather, which cannot be salvaged and would have been discarded. Made primarily out of native redwood, madrone, walnut, elm, cedar and sycamore trees, each piece of furniture is numbered in order to keep track of the provenance of each piece of wood. This is truly living in harmony with nature.