This wood endgrain mosaic was built for a corporate lobby in Austin, TX.
The designer wanted to create focal wall that would welcome visitors with the warmth and texture of wood, but look clean and architectural.
I used reclaimed doug fir timbers (called crane mats) from a drayage company and cut them into thin tiles.
After wire brushing the faces and lightly staining them to add character, I airbrushed the company logo on to the finished piece.
These shelves were built to display maker experiments at the Autodesk Pier 9 gallery.
Polished stainless shelves contrast the industrial steel backdrop, and white lettering references the process of making the unit itself.
All the lettering and drawing was done by hand on a computer, then fabricated with a CNC router and waterjet machine.
Live edge basswood slabs are threaded through rusted steel I-beams to create a shelving unit with an industrial feel.
I made the slabs ‘float’ through the I-beams by cutting out a cross section on a CNC router.
Metal tie rods are added for strength, and recessed under the slabs to give it a minimal appearance.
This tall, narrow shelving unit was designed to store and showcase an array of sewing machines at the Autodesk Pier 9 workshop in San Francisco.
I wanted to build something with a clean and contemporary style that would draw attention to the use of materials.
Using perforated sheet metal as a translucent ‘skin’ allows the viewer to see the simple plywood framework underneath (it’s actually pretty strong, despite its delicate appearance!)
This wall mosaic was built for the Phoenix, AZ offices of the architecture/engineering firm Aecom.
It is made of discarded chunks of asphalt that were carefully cut into thin tiles and patterned after a map of Phoenix.
The idea was to create a wall installation that would draw attention to the use of materials, while at the same time reflect the geographic location of the office.
Each section of asphalt appears to float effortlessly off the wall, defying its physical properties of weight and heft.
Commissioned for the fifty-foot-long main hallway at the Aecom Phoenix office, this wall installation is made of reclaimed wood that is arranged densely at one end, and becomes sparser as one walks farther down the hallway.
The horizontal lines of the wood draw the eye through the space, creating a sense of depth, while the vertical iron tubing breaks up the visual repetition.
The raw, tactile surfaces of the salvaged wood and iron provide a counterpoint to the refined elements of the office environment.
For the 2011 Dining By Design event, I wanted to create an environment that explored contrasts.
I started with a backdrop of charred wood, arranged with gaps in between each plank to create dimensionality.
I added polished, refined surfaces by including a gloss black floor, mirror polished light fixtures and clear acrylic chairs.
A long white table cuts through the center, giving things a clean, minimal aesthetic.
The final touch was using a living, organic element—a runner of succulents that was recessed into the table.
The finished space juxtaposes dark and light, organic and man-made, living and inanimate.
This woven wood wall runs along the main office walkway of the microfinance company Kiva in San Francisco.
Thin strips of luan doorskin are woven through metal studs, creating a playful pattern that references the building materials themselves.
Built in collaboration with STUDIOS Architecture, it is designed to convey a feeling of movement and inspiration for employees and visitors alike.
These open conference room walls are made of wood planks salvaged from old shipping palettes.
They create a tactile backdrop of colors that adds contrast to the space and invites discussion about their origins.