Sandtown Millworks

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We’re always excited to partner with artists and craftspeople from Baltimore, and we’re pleased to say that we’re now carrying a selection of furniture from Sandtown Millworks. Their pieces are as local as it getsnot only is all their furniture built right here in the city, but the materials also come from old Baltimore houses. It’s a wonderful way to prevent quality wood and metal with a century’s history from going to waste in the trash. You can contact them directly for build-to-order options, or see unique, one-off pieces in our Baltimore location.

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Artist Spotlight: Will Holman

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Will Holman is a Designer, Craftsman, and Author living here in Baltimore. His book, “Guerilla Furniture Design” showcases 35 inexpensive projects that can be made from salvaged and recycled materials.
You can visit his website here and see a portion of his work on instructables. Visit the Baltimore store this Friday, June 5th from 6-8 to get his book and have it signed by him.

What is “guerilla” furniture design, and what is the mindset behind it?

Most people think “guerilla” is a military term, but it is really political — someone or something that stands in opposition to the dominant political culture. I use it because I think design and construction are useful means for pushing back against the tidal wave of overconsumption, waste, and consumer passivity that characterize American culture today.

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What events and experiences have led you to this point in life?

I graduated with an architecture degree in 2007, right into the first rumblings of the Great Recession. Instead of getting a traditional architecture job (then in short supply), I took a series of jobs for design-based nonprofits that involved architecture, woodworking, carpentry, and teaching. Over the eight years since I’ve graduated, I’ve lived in rural Arizona, rural Alabama, Chicago, and now back in Baltimore, near where I grew up.

Tell us about your involvement with the community in Baltimore. What are recent ways that people in Baltimore have adopted this “guerilla” mindset in their own lifestyles? What are some good places in the city for people to find materials and tools to get started?

In my day job, I work for the Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation, a non-profit development company that brings safe, affordable, and sustainable space to Baltimore’s creatives. We are working on a large makerspace in the Station North Arts District, to open in 2016. As part of that work, I’ve been helping organize a group called the Industrial Arts Collective, which is a coalition of makers, artists, designers, craftspeople, small businesses, and nonprofits. We are trying to build an inclusive, diverse maker culture in Baltimore, and include groups like the Station North Tool Library, which is a great spot to learn basic woodworking in a welcoming environment.

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What were some of your very first projects/designs? What have been your most recent? Do you have any personal favorites that you’re particularly fond of?

Some of my first pieces, now lost to history, were cardboard chairs for my freshman design studio. Most recently, I’ve been experimenting with open source design, releasing CAD files on a site called Open Desk  so you can download and cut your own version on a CNC router.

 

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Bramble On

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If you’ve visited the store in the past few weeks, you may have noticed that the number of furniture pieces on the sales floor has slowly been dwindling. No need to fret, though, because as of today we have a fresh batch of new furniture at our warehouse. While our merchandise comes from a variety of sources, this batch comes from a company called Bramble. The furniture is made in Indonesia from solid mahogany by master craftspeople. Every piece is hand crafted, hand painted, and hand finished, making each piece unique. The company is also dedicated to sustainability—all of the timber comes from forests with monitored felling, and they have planted over 500,000 trees since 2005.

There are so many new pieces of furniture coming in over the next few weeks that we couldn’t possibly list them all, so come in to take a look around and see for yourself!

Gus* Modern Keep on Giving Sale

Gus-Winter-Sale We are excited to announce that, for the entire month of January, we will be offering all Gus* Modern furniture, accents and accessories at 15% off as part of their “Keep On Giving” sale.

Here’s how it works: bring in the required food donations to our DC shop and we’ll give you 15% off your Gus* special order.  We require a minimum donation of three non-perishable food items per Gus* order. All donations will go to the Capitol Area Food Bank (check out their site for recommended donations). This is a great opportunity to get that perfect, new piece you’ve been dreaming of while helping those in need in our community!

GIVE ANYWAY!
If you aren’t considering a new Gus* piece right now, please note that food donations will still be accepted and greatly appreciated!
Sale applies to Gus* Modern special orders only. Gus* Modern available at our DC location only; please call 202-829-2941 if you have any questions.

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Final Days of the Summer Sofa Sale


You’ve only got a few more days to take advantage of our Summer Sofa Sale.  

Here are the details:

Earlier this year, we proudly introduced the Gus* Modern line in our DC shop. Gus* offers a diverse line of accessible modern sectionals, sofas, and chairs – all built from wood products that have been FSC certified. For the next month, we will be having a sale on Gus* sectionals, sofas, chairs, and ottomans. And, in connection with the Gus* sale, we are going to throw in a sale on our Moroni leather line!

Here’s how it works:
1. Order a Gus* Modern upholstered or Moroni leather sofa, chair, sectional, or ottoman between July 19-August 19.
2. Pay in full and receive 20% off!
3. Go home with a smile!
4. Get your home ready for a pretty, new piece!

Sale applies to Gus* Modern & Moroni only. Gus* Modern available at our DC location only; Moroni available at both the Baltimore and DC location.

Summer Sofa Sale Reminder


Earlier this year, we proudly introduced the Gus* Modern line in our DC shop. Gus* offers a diverse line of accessible modern sectionals, sofas, and chairs – all built from wood products that have been FSC certified. For the next month, we will be having a sale on Gus* sectionals, sofas, chairs, and ottomans. And, in connection with the Gus* sale, we are going to throw in a sale on our Moroni leather line!

Here’s how it works:
1. Order a Gus* Modern upholstered or Moroni leather sofa, chair, sectional, or ottoman between July 19-August 19.
2. Pay in full and receive 20% off!
3. Go home with a smile!
4. Get your home ready for a pretty, new piece!

Sale applies to Gus* Modern & Moroni only. Gus* Modern available at our DC location only; Moroni available at both the Baltimore and DC location.

Posted in furniture, sales

Summer Sofa Sale


Earlier this year, we proudly introduced the Gus* Modern line in our DC shop. Gus* offers a diverse line of accessible modern sectionals, sofas, and chairs – all built from wood products that have been FSC certified. For the next month, we will be having a sale on Gus* sectionals, sofas, chairs, and ottomans. And, in connection with the Gus* sale, we are going to throw in a sale on our Moroni leather line!

Here’s how it works:
1. Order a Gus* Modern upholstered or Moroni leather sofa, chair, sectional, or ottoman between July 19-August 19.
2. Pay in full and receive 20% off!
3. Go home with a smile!
4. Get your home ready for a pretty, new piece!

Sale applies to Gus* Modern & Moroni only. Gus* Modern available at our DC location only; Moroni available at both the Baltimore and DC location.

Posted in furniture, sales

hello hudson


You might remember me posting about this sideboard a few months ago on the blog.  I am so excited it’s finally here! And to be honest the wait didn’t even seem that long (special orders of our mahogany furniture take 4-6 months).  I happily replaced an old ikea expedit bookcase with this brand new “grown up” piece and I can’t wait to finish pulling the rest of the room together around it.

The Hudson is a bit of a beast measuring in at 100 inches wide, by 43 tall and 17 deep, and that is EXACTLY why I got it.  My house came with next to no storage, and a long open pass through dining room, so we’ve been looking for something like this for the last 4 years.  We ordered it in the driftwood finish just on Carmen’s recommendation.  It’s a relatively new finish for our mahogany line and I had never seen it in person. I can’t even tell you how perfect it is.  It has a really nice raw sort of dusty color that makes it look like a real deal antique.  I couldn’t be happier to finally have a place to store all my cakestands, cookbooks, vases, large platters and bowls, candles, twine, (you see where I am going here), it holds practically everything.  I’ll pop back in once the room is ready so you can appreciate it in the space, and I’ll also be sure to take some pictures of the interior of it so you can see just how much it holds.

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new upholstery line

Welcome GUS*….We’re thrilled to be carrying a new line of upholstery in our DC shop! Don’t worry, Baltimore, you can still order but we won’t have these on the floor there.  Shown above is the Atwood Sofa, a lovely modern tuxedo style that I might just be considering for my living room! We have two classy sectionals and a few stylish chairs for you to test out as well, or you can view everything available to order on the Gus* Modern Products page.  Let us know which one is your favorite style!

Posted by: Katie
Katie is in charge of design & photography for Trohv. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and two dogs and runs Petal and Print, a boutique floral and stationery design company.