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Portland Design Week

Design Week Portland is a week-long, city-wide series of programs exploring the process, craft, and practice of design. The intent is to increase appreciation and awareness about design and its far-reaching effects on matters of cultural and social relevance, including community development, education systems, and the economy.

Together with Design Museum Portland, The Joinery will host a UNITE discussion event at our Yamhill showroom. The founders of Vitreluxe, Caravan Pacific, and Holly Mueller Home will discuss their inspiration for their designs along with their model of turning their craft into a business. Rick Turoczy, General Manager of PIE, will moderate this lively discussion and include audience participation.

RSVP here to join us! Drinks and appetizers from local partners will be served.

Thursday April 27

6:00-8:00

The Joinery

922 SW Yamhill

Design Museum Portland UNITE panel

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Forging a new partnership for metal bases

The Joinery is proud to now offer metal dining table bases from Ingot Furnishings, led by Portland designer and craftsman Todd McMurray. Ingot bases are bold and graceful forms crafted from solid steel and available exclusively through The Joinery in several standard designs and finishes. Below is our Live Edge Dining Table using the Talos base in Gold finish, which is currently on display at our Yamhill Showroom in downtown Portland.

Live Edge table with INGOT base

This incredible 43” x 100” top is from the first graduating class of the log purchasing program that we began with Goby Walnut in 2015. The log was milled to our specified thicknesses and cured for the last two summers before making it into our shop.

No kidding – The Joinery’s furniture is a perfect fit in the Goat Blocks Apartments

The Joinery is providing furniture to help stage the Goat Blocks Apartments on SE Belmont in Portland. Named for the herd of goats that occupied the previously vacant blocks in the heart of Portland’s vibrant Central Eastside, the blocks are being developed to include four different apartment buildings, each with its own design aesthetic, feel, and use of community space. The space also includes a variety of retail and restaurants, including Market of Choice and Kachka.

Goat Blocks Entry Way

We currently have pieces in the Ten10 building, which have Scandinavian-inspired finishes and a clean, simple design. With this aesthetic, the Modern Simple bed and Slipper Chair were naturals in the bedroom, as well as the Cantilever Desk in the open loft office space. On the open first floor plan, we have our Celilo Media Console, Milo Bar Cart and the ultimate in versatility, the Butcher Block Island.

There are three more buildings opening soon, each with a distinctive feel, but all with a great close-in location and access.

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Builder Feature: Mecheal

Woodworking has been in Mecheal’s blood for as long as he can remember. His father owned a furniture manufacturing facility and store in Damascus, Syria, and Mecheal first began helping out in the summers when he was about ten. He began working full time after his high school graduation.

The first piece he remembers completing all on his own was a custom bed. The furniture designs in Syria were much more ornate than we build, including a lot of texture and carving. Mecheal continually developed his skills and eventually took over the leadership of a building team. He worked in his father’s shop until he came to the US in 2008, and has worked at The Joinery since that time.

Featured Builder Mecheal

Mecheal loves the precision of the dovetail joint, and the rich beauty of Western Walnut, but is not wedded to a particular style or wood species. Instead he loves the variety of pieces that he works each month, and the challenge of the custom pieces that continually come his way.

Although Mecheal is accomplished at both Beds and Chairs, he is not one to spend time relaxing, at least while he is at work. At home has a small shop, and enjoys spending time with his family, which is about to get bigger with his wife pregnant with their second child.

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There is nothing common about this Clyde....

Creating solid wood lounge furniture is a great challenge. It requires a delicate balance between highlighting lumber and craftsmanship, while still providing alluring comfort that makes you want to sit – and not get up. Over the past several months our Design Team, led by Taryn and Tenzin, created the Clyde Sofa and Clyde Lounge Chair. These pieces are uniquely different from our other lines, but still provide the timeless beauty and exacting quality that holds up to our lifetime warranty.

Handcrafted Clyde Sofa in Eastern Walnut with Eco Wool Navy

Clyde sofa featured in Eastern Walnut with Eco-Wool Navy.

The design intent behind the Clyde line is to focus on the incredible richness and grain of our wood material while highlighting time-honored craftsmanship techniques. The large expanses of solid wood throughout allow the cleanest and most character-rich lumber to shine, and are miter wrapped around the sides and back for a clean finished appearance. In response to the crisp edges of the frame, we use cushions with more loft, softer edges and inviting texture. Deep seating makes Clyde perfect for long book sessions or cozy movie nights. Although naturally modern, Clyde can work its way into almost any style living room through thoughtful material selections.

Both pieces are available in any of our six standard wood species. The sofa and lounge chair are currently featured in Eastern Walnut at our Woodstock showroom, and in Cherry at our downtown Portland showroom.

For our love of Walnut

Goby Walnut is located just outside the Northwest Portland industrial district, and most of their lumber comes from within 100 miles of their shop.  Their material is sourced solely from hazard or salvaged trees – those that need to be cleared either because they present a hazard, or because the land is being converted to another use.  The source is predominantly from urban areas, and does not impact valuable forestland.

.Goby Walnut owners Art and Aaron

Ordinarily this material would be considered waste or sold for pulp. Goby instead upcycles it to higher value uses. We are happy to partner with a local company that provides us with fantastic material sourced from – sometimes literally – our own backyards. It allows us to build furniture that fulfills our lifetime warranty, ensuring that each tree has a second life that can rival the length of the first.

Builder Feature: Michael takes his act from the theatre to the woodshop

His love started on stage, but over time his passion for woodworking shifted from props to one-of-a-kind pieces that families would enjoy for generations.

Michael’s first experience in woodworking was helping to bring a set designer’s vision to life for stage productions while in college back in New York. When he moved to the Pacific Northwest, he followed his love of the theatre by building sets for Portland Center Stage performances. While bringing a new world to life on stage brought him joy, he wanted to shift into building pieces with a longer life span. Initially, he honed his skills by working from a shop at home to create pieces for his friends. Eventually he presented his portfolio to The Joinery and came on board in 2007.

 

Michael: the hands behind the craft at The Joinery

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A Joinery Bed and Soaring Heart Mattress are a perfect match

Valentine's Sale: Love that lasts lifetimes

This Valentine’s Day, we are featuring a special couple with a very intimate relationship – Joinery beds and Soaring Heart mattresses.  They have so much in common – both are handcrafted from natural, high-quality materials.  Both are made by people with a deep commitment to their craft, as well as to the larger community.  And if that isn’t enough to ensure a serious commitment, both come with long-term warranties.

Live Edge Elm Dining Table

While our standard wood species allow us to build stunning dining tables, occasionally we like to experiment with different woods.  Recently we came across an incredible set of locally harvested, book matched Elm slabs and knew we could put them to good use.  The result is a gorgeous Live Edge Dining Table built by Michael, a ten-year veteran at The Joinery. The piece features an open grain pattern and unique figuring that resembles a heart shape.

Elm Live Edge Dining Table

 

We thought the table was stunning, and customers did too. It didn’t last long on our Yamhill showroom floor, but it will in it’s new home: the office of Steve Bloom, the CEO of the Portland Japanese Garden.

 

Elm Live Edge Dining Table with V-back Chairs

Portland Business Journal's Oregon's Most Admired Companies

Today we are honored to join many distinguished Oregon companies as one of the Portland Business Journal’s 2016 Most Admired Companies in Oregon.  The Joinery is honored at #11 in the Product Makers and Designers category. We joined other outstanding companies big and small in this competitive category, including Danner, Hanna Anderson, Leatherman Tool Group, Nike, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Rejuvenation, and others.  This is quite an honor as this list is the result of input from about 450 CEO’s from around the state.

To learn more about the list and the event visit Portland Business Journal’s list here