Pick of the Week: A Different Kind of Swilling

Swill Stool

By Regina Connell. Yes, there are terms that don’t show up even in Wikipedia or most of the online dictionaries.  One of those terms is “swilling”—not as in beer or gin. And it has nothing to do with pigs. What … Continue reading

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Demanding excellence: Branden Adams

Shaker Stools, image by Steven Poe

By Regina Connell. Oakland-based furniture designer Branden Adams is one of those guys who should be much better known. Branden is half of a husband and wife duo called BaDesign. Together with his wife Jennifer Ivanovich, BaDesign specializes in the … Continue reading

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Finding the Sweet Spot: John Wiggers

Hand-finishing an  inset walnut finger pull

By Regina Connell. John Wiggers‘s wood work—meticulous, rigorous, luxuriously and sumptuously crafted—is an absolute embodiment of his obstinate sense of integrity and his inability to tolerate BS. And it’s won him commissions throughout the world (currently: desks for executives in … Continue reading


Noticed: The Fabulous Compost Box

Cliff Spencer Compost Bin

By Regina M. Connell. We’re always on the lookout for ways to incorporate the work of innovative makers into our daily lives in truly practical ways, and we’ve found the perfect one, courtesy of LA-based Cliff Spencer Furniture. And what’s … Continue reading

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