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Last year BUILD LLC opened the Special Projects Division cabinet shop and since then we’ve had our heads down working away.  The shop has been so busy with cabinets lately that we entirely forgot to launch the furniture line on the BUILDblog, so here goes.  As most architects can attest, designing up furniture is a tremendous amount of fun with plenty of mini design decisions to sink our teeth into.  Good design combined with the skills of SPD’s master-woodworker and we’re producing some pieces that we think you’ll enjoy getting your eyes on.

SPD’s “Kerf Series” furniture line incorporates solid wood with a custom metal joint.  The “Ethan Scoop Bench” below uses solid cherry with brushed aluminum kerf plates and connection dowels.

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SPD Ethan Scoop composite

We make it in several flavors including the walnut shown below, quarter-sawn oak, paduak and bamboo.  It’s also available without the scoop.

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SPD Ethan bench composite

The “Aidan” folded-plane tapered chair uses a similar brushed aluminum kerf and dowel connection to make the chair strong and practical.

SPD Chair A

We’re also developing a line of dining room tables, more about this some other time…


And last but not least, the most important piece of furniture around the BUILD world headquarters, the Sideboard mobile bar.  Designed to saddle up to a dining room table it’s also quite practical as a stand alone unit.  We’ve been field testing ours for several months now and it hasn’t let us down yet.

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SPD Sideboard Front Collection

For more information and prices go check out the SPD website.