Monthly Archives: August 2011

Aardvark on CH + D’s 2011 Hit List

The Aardvark table that we completed just a few months ago is a finalist on California Home and Design’s 2011 Hit List.  Please cast your vote for the Aardvark by September 10th.

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Farm Table for Sale

This past spring, we made a 17′ long farm table and 4 accompanying benches for the SF Garden Show’s Modern Homestead exhibit. The table and benches are now for sale. (Photo below courtesy of Studio Choo.)

dogtown farm table and benches
The steel sawhorse-style bases of the Dogtown Farm Table and Benches are a nod to the multi-use aspect of the neighborhood we live and work in.  Our office and fabrication shop are located in the Dogtown neighborhood of West Oakland – historically a mix of industrial businesses and residences.  Until a few years ago, the building that houses our office had the name Atelier Chienville (Dogtown Studios) stenciled on the facade.  And, the Dogtown Neighborhood Association annually hosts a Dog Show.  As if that weren’t reason enough for the Dogtown name, the wood for the table came from Dogtown Mill in western Marin.  Robert from Dogtown Mill salvaged this wood from the roof of Northgate Mall in San Rafael, CA when the mall was remodeled in 2009.  We chose this wood for table for it’s thickness (2-5/8″),  rich patina and tongue and grove profile.

We took great care to de-nail and clean the wood  in a way that would retain and enhance its natural patina.  Reclaimed wood comes with irregularities.  Some are desireable and some are not.  To accomodate some of the irregularities in the timbers and to add visual interest, we laid out a patchwork pattern to attain the desired 17+ foot length.  As always,  proportion, color and texture were all considered in the layout of the wood to achieve a balanced composition.

Additional photos of the Dogtown Farm Table and Benches can be seen on our website.  Because of the wood species, this table would be best situated in an indoor setting, e.g. a winery, barn or very commodious dining room.  Please contact us if you or someone you know might be interested in purchasing the Dogtown Farm Table and Benches.  Woof!!!

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