When we moved back to central Nebraska, we knew that our access to materials and tools was going to drastically diminish. Jeff had just spent a year traveling the world manufacturing furniture with all sorts of exotic woods and finishes (not to mention, the perfect tools) at his fingertips to complete any job required. Before that, he had two years at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, whose central location between Boston and New York created the ideal spot for pretty much any material his heart could desire. So when the heartland called out our names, we knew success was only a matter of getting creative and making exploration a big part of our process.
Locally, what we do have a lot of is your standard home building materials. So when we had a need for office furniture, Jeff wanted to see what he could do with sheets of baltic birch plywood. He had a few requirements. First, the furniture needed to have easy assembly and disassembly. Second, for cost purposes, it needed to use as little baltic birch as possible. Third, it needed to be clean lined and modern. Thus, flatpack furniture.
So, without further ado, here are the final products of his baltic birch furniture exploration.
The first piece was the stag side chair. To help add softness to the hard edged birch, Jeff covered with 100% wool felt.
The second piece he finished was the peekaboo desk. He incorporated the felt by topping the shelf and lining the cord hider that’s routed into the top of the desk.
Finally, he finished out the set with the blocks credenza. This piece he also accented with felt on top and in the lining of the finger holes.
The pieces as a set.
Jeff had a blast with this. He loves nothing more than problem solving. And if it involves primary colors and hard, architectural lines, all the better.