20 new dining tables from salvaged cherry on the Abbey

Last year the Abbey Regina de Laudis reached out to see if we could fabricate 20 dining tables for the new refrectory they were building which was to be part of a larger renovation. We worked with the sisters to salvage enough cherry logs they had to recently taken down from the property to make all the tables and drawers for the project. It was a terrific use of the wood and a pleasure for us to work on such a meaningful project for the women of the Abbey. We hope they use these table for the next 50 years as they did their previous tables. Here is a link to some photos of the tables after they were installed on site.

Swarthmore College Observatory

 

When Swarthmore College renovated their Sproul Observatory, we were asked to create furniture for the new multi-use spaces. Here we have the stools for the plinth top, a coffee table and a meeting room table. All these pieces are walnut with patina’d metal bases. The we particularly enjoy the table and the “hollow butterfly” aesthetic element that doubles as a power cord chase.

Swarthmore College Observatory

 

Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA removed several trees while renovating their Sproul Observatory. With the salvaged wood we were able to build an ash top with a binary star design. The plinth tops the concrete base to the original telescope housed in the observatory. The building is now a multi-use space.

The Pioneer Apartments

 

Sharing the same space as the long elm table, we also created a large sectional coffee table from spalted silver maple. The compass rose is made from elm and walnut and was designed to reflect the adventuring spirit of the building.

The Pioneer Apartments

 

For this project we built at 16′ long elm table with patina’d metal braces. The clean lines and dark metal complemented the buildings decor.

Ash benches

 

Here we have two benches made for the same couple in Hamden, CT from their salvaged ash tree. Note the beautiful but ultimately fatal beetle galleries on the live edge. These tell tale marks are left by the devastating Emerald Ash Borer.

Ash miterfold table

 

A couple in Hamden, CT removed several trees from their property and were able to salvage them for multiple pieces. This miterfold coffee table was made for one of their children. Now they have a part of their childhood forever.

Elm table

 

This wood for this unique table was made from a salvaged elm tree from the New Haven Green. We love the bleaching that occurs from a fungus in the tree, it adds such character to the clean lines of this farmhouse design.

SCSU Oak Pedestal

 

This oak pedestal is make from a tree that came from the schools campus. It now resides in the alumni house and holds a sculpture that was donated and refurbished by an alum.

Pine Grove School Makerspace

 

The Pine Grove School in Avon, CT had us build a makerspace for their library. This is the brainchild of our own Ted Esselstyn, he has an extensive history making colorful and whimsy spaces for children. The school was looking for a way to inspire the kids while in STEM classes.

Pickled Beech Mantle

 

This beautiful mantle is installed in a home in Old Saybrook, CT. The mantle was template’d to fit snug to the fire place and the pickling creates a dramatic contrast against the brick while complementing the rest of the room.

Pepsi Laboratory Campus

 

This large maple bench resides in the cafeteria of the new Pepsi Laboratory campus. The bench being fitted around the staircase support posts creates a sleek finished look.

Pepsi Laboratory Campus

 

We built this top and wall for the greeting desk at the new Pepsi campus in Valhalla, NY. Several oak trees were removed for the new building and we were able to salvage them to create these and other pieces.

Pepsi Laboratory Campus

 

These oak benches were delivered to Pepsi’s new laboratory campus in Valhalla, NY. The wood was salvaged from trees on the site. The bases are brushed stainless steel to match elements throughout the building.

Upholstered Ottoman

 

This beautiful ottoman was built for a client in NYC. The base is black walnut and the top in a two toned linen. Upholstery was done by Connecticut Upholstery.

Black Locust benches

 

These locust bench were installed at the Farm Hill School in Middletown, CT. The posts are powder coated for extra durability and the locust is said to “last one year longer than stone” outside.

Maple wall hanging

 

Some clients are looking for purely decorative pieces and grant us licence to explore. Ted was feeling colors with this one. The flowing sugar maple slab is a wonderful frame for the prism-like color array.

New Haven City Hall

 

We at City Bench are really proud of these pieces. These benches and wall hangings are located on the second floor, south end of the main hall in New Havens city hall. The oak was salvaged from a tree uprooted on the historical city green during Super Storm Sandy. Dubbed the “Lincoln Oak”, it was planted in 1909 on the 100th anniversary of Abe Lincolns birth along with a time capsule. Almost 100 years later in was felled and we made it into public pieces to be shared with future generations. The time capsule was opened for display by the New Haven Historical Society along side art work made by local artists from lumber and limbs from the tree.

Elm tables

 

This conference table and coffee table were built for a judge’s chambers in New Haven. The elm was salvaged from the historical New Haven Green.

Elm desk with drawer

 

What’s better than an elm desk to complete a home office? The book matched crotch wood and butterfly inlays make this a true gem. The pencil drawer is black walnut and blends in nicely to the underside of the top.

The Batch Yard: Boston Apartments

 

These tables all had tops made from the pine recovered during the building renovation of the Charleston Chew factory. The pair of tables with red bases as well as the “riveted bridge” table are located in the leasing offices. The high top pine table resides in the buildings common dining area.

The Batch Yard: Boston Apartments

 

Here we have the more pieces made for the The Batch Yard. The walnut table is a very modern design with a traditional tusk tenon style base. The patina’d metal anchors the piece and ties into other metal elements throughout the building.

The Batch Yard: Boston Apartments

 

The old Charleston Chew factory in Everitt, MA was converted into apartments and we were able to salvaged a few Long Leaf Yellow Pine beams from the building. Pine for lumber is grown very differently now when this wood was harvested, it’s rarely found in forests and almost entirely found in these old buildings. We made some seating tops and a high top table from that pine. The backsplashes were designed to reflected a city skyline.

White Oak island top

 

This book matched white oak top is the perfect center piece to a new office building in Stonington, CT. The curved ends are an elegant touch and reduces hard corners in a high traffic area. This top is full of the classic white oak flecking as well.

Elm table and bench

 

Salvaged elm from New Haven was used in this dining table and matching bench. The light grain color in the tops is caused by a fungus in the tree and adds a ton of character.

Mianus River benches

 

This series of benches were made for the Friends of Mianus River Park in Stamford, CT. They are a the culmination of an extensive river revitalization project. The benches are white oak and the frames are powder coated steel so they will last many years outside.

High top Elm table

 

This elm table was built for a family that wanted to place to either sit or stand at for entertaining. The knitted grain of elm is unlike any other wood.

White oak conference table

 

This white oak table is in the main offices of JCJ Architects in Hartford’s Colt Building. Its a series of book matched slabs at 28 feet long!

Mid-century modern desk

 

This desk was a joy to design and build for a clients office. The depth of the walnut color really compliments the geometric forms of the desk, while the stainless stain adds subtle highlights. The center section is a pull out tray.

Secret Society benches

 

These sleek elm benches adorn the courtyard of a secret society. Oh the stories they could tell!

Lululemon tables

 

Lululemon of Westport was remodeling their store and asked us to make a set of display tables for them. These two nesting waterfalls are made from sugar maple salvaged from Westport.

Heirloom Flats

 

We made a series of pieces for the Heirloom Flats apartments in Bloomfield with oak trees removed from the site. The dramatic 11′ tall doors flank the entrance to a common sitting room which also holds two long bar height tables. In an adjacent meeting room we installed clean open shelving. All the pieces are accented with blacked steel straps and brackets.

Cherry countertop

 

This elegant countertop brings warmth and rich color into this modern kitchen remodel. A conversion varnish is used for extra durability.

Beech bar top

 

The Eugene O’Neil Theater Center in Waterford had to remove a beloved beech tree from their property, so we salvaged to wood to make a bar top. Now visiting artists and playwrights have a part of it to socialize around at the end of a hard day!

Beech table and bench

 

This table and bench were made for a family in New Haven who had to remove a dying beech tree from their yard. The bench lives in the same spot where the tree was located.

Ash dining table

 

Classic form meets modern design in this wonderful ash table with extensions. Notice the large book matched insect galleries in the center of the piece.

Tulip bureau

 

This piece was fun to design and make. The client requested a bureau with different sized drawers and nooks. This is truly one of a kind.

Maple round table

 

We made several pieces for an investment firms new offices in Greenwich. This round table is used for team meetings.

Elm Meeting Table

 

It’ll be hard to talk about anything else while seated around this gorgeous elm table, which is located at an investment firm in Greenwich.

Walnut Coffee Table

 

This single slab walnut table is in the entrance to an investment firm in Stamford. The piece packs a lot of character into a small area to help create an inviting atmosphere.

Elm Credenza

 

This piece is a beautiful example of elm. The cabinet faces are made from a continuous slab and is book matched to the top as well.

Walnut Island

 

This luxurious walnut island is central hub for a Stamford company’s common area. The double waterfall makes this large piece very unique.

Elm Island

This 10′ long elm island was salvaged from a farm in the Hudson River Valley. It is now the center piece for a family to gather around.

White Oak Benches

 

This pair of benches were built for a family in New Haven, along with table with a single breadboard end. Note the black staining from embedded nails reacting with the tannins in wood.

Tulip Table

 

This gloriously large table was built for a family in Westport. The top is a book matched pair of tulip slabs and the base is stained oak.

Common Ground Donor Wall

 

This wild installation lives in the main entrance to the new academic building of the Common Ground Magnet School. It serves a double function of inviting people into the space and presents the names of the donors that made the building possible.

White Oak Table

 

A wonderful wide slab white oak table. The single live edge breadboard gives hint of classic styling and an extra bit of length.

Elm Disc

 

Check out this striking Elm disc! It’s reclaimed from the base of unusually shaped tree. The back lighting really creates a dramatic presentation.

Oak Bench

 

A high backed, double bench made from Red Oak. The bench is giving residents a place to relax at the East Hartford Public Library and is made from wood salvaged from the campus.

Sugar Maple Mantle

 

This maple mantle is currently tying an apartment together in South Norwalk by bringing in a pop of warm colors

Walnut Table

 

The rich walnut does all the work for this large dining table. This table was shipped to a family in Chicago and is made from book matched slabs.

River Birch Countertop

 

A stunning example of a live edge island top. Note the iron staining from the nails that were removed from the slab.

Ash Desk

 

This stylish live edge desk went to an office in NYC. The ash log was salvaged from the clients own property.

Conference Table

 

This sleek walnut table was built for Carla’s Pasta in Bloomfield as a meeting table. Here’s to many delicious recipes made around it!

Maple Dining Table

 

This beautiful maple table was made for an couple looking for a place to have their weekly bridge games. The top is stained maple, the base is pickled oak and is built for tall stools.

Oak Bench

 

We built this Oak bench with a curved back for a client that was looking for a piece to place in an entry way.

Elm Cantilever table

 

We made this for a woman who often worked from home and wanted a desk she could easily exit and have a footrest.

Secret Society Entry Table

 

We built this entry table for a secret society at Yale made from salvaged red elm that came done in front of the building.

Secret Society Elm Entry Table

 

We salvaged some beautiful red elm from in front of this secret society and built this entry table and salvaged the old base.

Elm credenza, part 2

 

We built a second, smaller elm credenza similar to the larger one for the same hedge fund. This was an entryway credenza that was placed near a small elevator.

Elm credenza

 

We made this credenza for a hedge fund client in Westport. We took photos in our showroom because no photos are allowed on site after the installation. The step off between the top and the drawers is 2×2 steel.

Walnut 181019_04_05

Walnut 181019_05_04

Walnut 181019_05_01

Walnut 181019_04_02

Walnut 181019_05_02

Elm 181019_06_01

Walnut 181019_04_03

Walnut 181019_04_01

Walnut 181019_04_04

Walnut 181019_05_05

Walnut 181019_05_03

Walnut 181026_02_01

Oak 181026_01_07

Elm 181019_06_03

Ash 181019_07_04

Oak 181026_01_05

Oak 181026_01_06

Oak 181026_01_03

Ash 181019_07_02

Oak 181026_01_01

Elm 181019_06_06

Elm 181019_06_04

Oak 181026_01_08

Ash 181019_07_01

Oak 181026_01_02

Oak 181026_01_04

Walnut 181026_02_02

Elm 181019_06_02

Ash 181019_07_03

Elm 181019_06_05

Walnut 181026_02_03

Walnut 181026_02_06

Walnut 181026_02_05

Walnut 181026_02_04

Denver Public Schools

 

The Denver Public Schools bought a large corporate office in downtown Denver to house all their administrative employees, a high school, a technical college, a cooking school, and an expeditionary school.  The campus is named for the late 19th century/early 20th century educator Emily Griffith who founded the Opportunity School in 1916.  By 1954 the school had served 10,000 students annually with over 400,000 alumni.  Her motto was “For all who wish to learn.”

We worked with local kinetic sculptor, John King, to transform the lobby into a place full of vitality and whimsy.  We installed columns of mixed wood and color, furniture with swooping backs and colorful swaths, muraled flying books and frogs, made a graffitti bench, and much more.  

18′ maple entrance table

 

We made this table for the office of a renovated office building office lobby in Stamford. The maple is reclaimed from Yale’s historic golf course.

Walnut table with acrylic base

 

We made this chamfered walnut top with acrylic base and tusk tenon for a family in Mamaroneck, NY. The acrylic base is 3″ thick, which made for some interesting light bending when you look through it.

50 Day St.

 

We built two walnut tables for an office Fairfield County with wood salvaged from Westport, CT. Both of these were done in a matte finish.

Walnut 181026_03_03

Walnut 181026_03_04

Walnut 181026_04_01

Walnut 181026_04_05

Walnut 181026_04_04

Elm 181101_01_02

Walnut 181026_04_06

Elm 181101_01_01

Walnut 181026_03_05

Elm 181101_01_04

Elm 181101_01_03