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Rue Clay

Working in collaboration with the home owner, designers, and general contractors, we provided nine pieces of built-in mill work for this modern renovation of a classic Victorian home located in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. We designed the shelving arrangements and produced 3D drawings so that the collaborators could discuss the finer details of the project. The euro-style frameless cabinets bespeak a pure and ideal minimalism, while the warmth of nature is introduced through table tops, doors, accent wall, and master vanity. The pieces were fabricated from solid red oak banding a core that was entirely “baked-in” to rift-sawn red oak veneers, effectively making a no-seem veneer panel with solid wood lipping. All cabinets were fitted with blum touch latches and soft-close drawer slides expressing precision quality at every touchpoint.



Bedroom Set
This loft-bedroom set consists of a bed with headboard, a dresser, two bedside tables, an access ladder made from salvaged slabs of cypress, and a safety gate. The shaker style bed and cabinets were made from douglas fir ply panels and reclaimed, old-growth redwood. The bed frame was built with five under-bed drawers for storage, all fitted with blum soft-close drawer slides. The headboard design portrays an underwater view of a kelp forest — just like the ones near our shop in Monterey Bay. We retained a live-edge on the stringers and treads of the cypress slab ladder-case. Finally, we added abalone inlays depicting the phases of the moon on the steps that wax and wane as you ascend and descend the ladder.



Doors & Gates
These doors were built for an attached garage art studio. The home owner did not want a garage door that would take up interior space when opened, so we built these beautiful Stile and Rail barn doors from clear Douglas Fir and abalone inlay. We accented the design with some old-world iron door hardware.

The courtyard gate was motivated by the Japanese-style garden contained within the courtyard. We drew from Japanese gates and shoji screens to design this unique and formidable (yet welcoming) gate from reclaimed old-growth redwood. Please check out the interview we did about our inspiration and process here.



Staff of Life

Staff of Life
Santa Cruz recently witnessed a city-wide supermarket renovation spree. We were thrilled to participate by providing a number of accent pieces for our favorite local market, Staff of LIfe. For maximum contrast, we worked with an arresting combination of mahogany, black walnut, and maple. We also used reclaimed old-growth redwood as a nod to Santa Cruz's oldest inhabitants.




Coats’ Library
This library was built for some long-time clients who live in a Spanish Mission-style house in Portola Valley. Colorful walls and paintings provide a perfect contrast to the terracotta floors and heavy, exposed beams. We designed this library, integrated bookrest, and step stool in rough-sawn redwood to continue the spanish mission theme. We built display cubbies into the design so the client could show off some of their favorite artifacts.

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