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The Joinery branches out with new downtown furniture showroom

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 LinensTufenkian 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

Check out the fine finish on our new home.

Last fall, The Joinery went out on a limb and, well, branched out: We opened a second showroom, in downtown Portland at 922 SW Yamhill. When we decided this year to enter into a long-term lease to make this our flagship showroom, we committed to making it a very thoughtful representation of who we are and how we work.

The space was a total team effort. Our in-house Design team worked with Firm 151 and R&H Construction to create the floor plan and design elements, then we turned our team of skilled craftspeople loose. Every woodworker at The Joinery had a hand in building at least one permanent design element. From the custom whitewashed reclaimed fir and western walnut reception desk to the custom rift sawn white oak kitchen – our craftsmen displayed their talents and proudly left their mark.

The materials used in many architectural elements include 1890’s axe-cut fir beams salvaged from a barn in Aurora, OR, locally harvested Western Walnut from Goby Walnut, and locally harvested, FSC-certified Pacific albus.

Colorhouse paint provided the zero VOC wall paint, and Timber Pro the custom-formulated low VOC whitewash. Tufenkian carpets, French Quarter linens and Holly Mueller Home wall hangings lend softness and texture to the industrial space. Make your way back to the conference room for the show stopper: the Western Walnut live edge slab barn door will take your breath away, and features Krownlab barn door hardware.

Thank you to all our partners for their creativity, their energy and their inspiration to help make this space our new home. We’re delighted to be settled into downtown, in a district that’s become a focal point for artists and craftspeople. We’re proud to be a part of it, and invite you to drop in (we’re right on the MAX and Streetcar lines) and see the inspirational environment we’ve created for The Joinery’s hardwood furniture family.


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Gover Lane by Rossington Architecture

Spaces We Love: Blagden Alley Carriage House Renovation

This month's featured space is from Bennett Frank McCarthy Architect, Inc. The project involved a total renovation of a two story carriage house on Blagden Alley in Washington DC.  Blagden Alley is a quirky network of alleys at the interior of a DC city block not far from the convention center and China Town. The carriage house had previously been used as a wood shop at the ground level with a studio apartment above. Bennett Frank McCarthy Architect, Inc. converted it into a single unit featuring a kitchen / dining area on the first floor and a living / bedroom upstairs. We have featured of few of our favorite photos including some before photos. For more information on this project or Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Inc. please contact them on their website here.

Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects

New mural on the alley facade pays homage to the original owner of the building, a coal oil salesman named Samuel Huntress.

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Spaces We Love : Gin Designs

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Spaces We Love : Smart home design in the Berkshires

This 2,900 square-foot house located in the Berkshires is built on a former campground including 200 feet of lakefront and was built with a mix of modern materials.This design of Meryl and Ed Mandelbaum's home was based on a barn and included three cottages the original owners had rented out for many families and guests. To view more information click here to read the original article by The Boston Globe.

The skeleton of Meryl and Ed Mandelbaum's house is outlined in reclaimed wood, creating a rustic yet modern aesthetic. 

Spaces we love : Montana Ranch Home

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Spaces We Love: Historic Ole Hanson

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Ole Hanson - dining room