In many homes it’s the coffee table, even more than the dining table, the wet bar or the kitchen island, that serves as the community center. At various times it can be library and snack bar, display space and conversational hub. It’s certainly a centerpiece in most living rooms, and as such acts as a kind of first violinist, setting the tone for the surrounding “orchestra.”
Holly Mueller was already an accomplished seamstress and textile designer when she ran across an old book on macrame from the ‘70s and — voila! — she was hooked. Or rather, hitched. The possibilities of putting a contemporary spin on traditional macrame, using a variety of fibers, materials, plaits, shapes, weaves and dimensions, have been energizing and engaging her ever since.
The Joinery is proud and delighted to showcase Holly’s work in our Yamhill store, where her original wallhangings, window covers and room dividers are just as apt to take a visitor’s breath away as the craft of our own master woodworkers.
In the hands of our master craftsmen, wood is truly as beautiful as it's cut out to be. No surprise then that The Joinery is prone to present its furniture au naturel, with nothing obscuring the warmth and unique character of every cut of wood.
But as our Metro Sofa demonstrates, our furniture looks pretty spectacular dressed to the nines, too.
When you're ready to turn a new page in your décor, have we got some pages for you! The Joinery's new catalog makes its debut in September, and we can barely contain our excitement over its stunning new vignettes of our pieces at home in their natural habitats.
We thought we’d tease you with a sneak peek of two new catalog shots featuring some Joinery favorites as well as new designs that made their debut this year.
Here at The Joinery, we appreciate kindred spirits — well, spirits of most any kind, really — but especially those of New Deal Distillery, the small-batch distillery in southeast Portland that’s been making award-winning liquors and liqueurs since 2004. Their philosophy of true craftsmanship, environmental stewardship and giving back to their community meshes (or is that mashes?) nicely with our own. New Deal has graciously supported us in recent events like our celebration for the re-opening of our downtown showroom in June.
So we’re excited to be able to turn the tables and support New Deal in our own inimitable fashion: our recently introduced Milo Bar Cart is a most elegant conveyance for any and all of their exceptional spirits. Short of the back seat of a Rolls Royce Phantom, no liquor cabinet could ask for a smoother or more refined ride.
We rolled our new Milo Bar Cart into service just in time to serve New Deal cocktails during the Grand Re-Opening of our downtown Portland showroom at 922 S.W. Yamhill in June.
If you ever wondered about the current state of Oregon Craft and its critical role in providing creative fuel for innovation and economic development that goes well beyond the beautiful pieces the artisans create, look no further than the current exhibit at Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft (MCC), on display this summer.
Portland Business Journal | By Wendy Culverwell
Photo by Cathy Cheney
Ben Rivera, president of Portland’s iconic Leatherman Tool Group, wore an unusual watch band when he joined manufacturing executives for a discussion about Portland’s growing maker movement.
Called the Leatherman Tread, it consists of 10 links embedded with the company’s famous tools. It was borne of an experience at Disneyland when security wouldn’t let Rivera carry a traditional Leatherman tool into the park grounds.
The Joinery: wood chips and sawdust are converted into briquettes, then given away for free to customers.
As momentum grows at the state level to introduce far-reaching environmental regulations, such as carbon pricing and the Clean Fuels Program, Oregon employers continue to go the extra mile to create green workplaces for their employees.
Paperless offices, on-site organic gardens, worm bins, low-flow showers — these are just a handful of innovative green practices that the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon have put in place to foster sustainable work environments.
This year’s list is composed of a mix of companies and organizations that are not necessarily associated with green products and services, such as auto retailers and law firms. Others are in industries that are geared to green living, such as environmental consulting.
To turn the tables on Joni Mitchell, there’s a time in life when car wheels turn to cart wheels — which is right around the time that your guests arrive and the party begins. And when you roll in with The Joinery’s new Shaker-inspired Milo Bar Cart, you’ll drink up the oohs and aahs like a slow sip of a shaken, not stirred gin martini.
We challenged The Joinery’s designers and woodworkers to create a bar cart that’s not only Aston-Martin beautiful, but that’s worthy of being warranted for 100,000 miles or a lifetime of use, whichever comes first. The result is a showpiece of the simple yet elegant details that define master craftsmanship. And of course, we’ll customize this instant classic for you and your decor by giving you a variety of wood species and nickel or brass accents to choose from.
Hardwood furniture maker the Joinery has transformed its downtown Portland pop-up shop into a stunning permanent showroom. The company, which has produced heirloom-quality pieces in its Woodstock workshop for 33 years, occupies the building that formerly housed Finnegan's toys.
"We first opened it to test the waters, but there's nothing 'pop-up' about the space now," said owner Jon Blumenauer, who purchased the company in 2013 from founder Marc Gaudin. "We put an enormous amount of heart and planning into designing the space so that it would reflect what we do best, so that it would be a thoughtful representation of how we work."
The move is part of Blumenauer's plan to guide the Joinery from a secret into a higher-profile furniture company tied into Portland's design scene.
Best known for its Shaker and Mission styles, the Joinery also has more modern products, such as its midcentury-inspired Whitman line. As its name suggests, the company's designs feature traditional joint work including dovetail, mortise and tenon, finger and butterfly methods; no cheap dowels and adhesive here.
Each item is made by one craftsperson who puts his or her name on the final product. To showcase the beauty of the wood, pieces are "super-sanded" to a silky finish and then coated with a top-secret clear oil. True to its 1983 founding as a furniture repair business, the Joinery gives every customer a tutorial on how to maintain the wood and deal with mishaps like heat rings.
The Joinery's methods are increasingly rare in an era of mass-produced furniture, and its mid to high-end pricing reflects that. A low, six-drawer Whitman dresser costs $3,691 in Eastern walnut and a Madrone hope chest is $2,030. A Whitman chair, with an upholstered seat and clean midcentury lines, costs $1,084 in quartered white oak. All of the furniture is warrantied for life.
Every woodworker at the Joinery contributed to at least one permanent design element in the new, 4,700-square-foot showroom. Craftspeople displayed their talents on a custom whitewashed reclaimed fir and Western walnut reception desk, rift-sawn white oak kitchen, live-edge barn door and other pieces.
Architectural features include Aurora Mills' salvaged ax-cut fir beams from an 1890s barn in Aurora, Ore., locally harvested Western walnut from Portland's Goby Walnut and locally harvested, Forest Stewardship Council-certified (FSC) Pacific albus. Partners including French Quarter Linens, Tufenkian Carpets and Holly Mueller Designs contributed accessories to the room vignettes.
Blumenauer is quick to assert that the Joinery's emphasis on painstaking craftsmanship will not change as the company grows, and that he is still committed to using FSC and locally sourced woods in the "overwhelming majority" of products.
The company's annual Metamortise contest encourages designers to transform scrap wood into functional, stylish pieces. Even the sawdust in its workshop becomes heating briquettes that are donated to the community.
"The vision for the company is tied into larger communities, both local and global, and we take that commitment very seriously," he said.
Read the entire post at OregonLive | By Amy Mason Doan | Posted June 30, 2015 at 10:02 AM