Wednesday, September 18, 2013


   Fresh off the prototype bench- here is a light design that I have been thinking about for a while. I needed something that could bridge the gap between a pendant and a bedside light that was compact but still gave enough light to read by- you know- so as to not upset my optometrist.... 
  Each little window can accept a piece of wood or steel that reflects light as well as let light through holes for a pattern on the wall. As pictured, the wood veneer used as a shade adds a natural element to the design. The light can be outfitted with any type of plug and FilliQuist is working on making different panels (fabric, frosted glass, patterned glass, woven shade panel, metal screen, etc.) that can pop in or out easily.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Norrsylta Bookcase (Painted)

     We left our tall bookcases back in the US which means we are still sort of "moving in". Well we have now finally put our books away. This bookcase is just over 3 feet tall or for us folks in the metric part of the world an even meter. And they are also about 8 feet long or 2.5 meter. Now- I keep saying "they" since I made two thinking that we had all these books and stuff to organize. Well turns out that these cases hold much more than I could imagine since just one case absorbed all of our stuff with room to spare! Now what to do with the extra one?....Hmmmm? Ideas? anyone? Bueller? (movie reference there)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Norrsylta Entry Shelf

   It is the details that can bring a home together and keep you sane. In this case the phones and modem were sitting on the chair in the lower left corner of the picture and it drove me nuts! Now they all have a proper place. Features include a forged hanger for a purse and a lower shelf  that is great for loose mail and all those little things (but not too little) like sunglasses, car keys, a plant, a bottle of wine, firewood, car parts, Honey Badger repellent- or whatever else one needs as they head out the door!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Norrsylta Desk

  New home. New office. New desk!
The variety of engineered wood products in Sweden is exceptional. Taking advantage of that the Norrsylta Desk has a butcher block Acacia wood top (FSC of course) and fabricated steel legs. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

An American Round Table - Only Bigger (of course)...

 Sometimes finding the perfect table can be so very very daunting. In this case I had clients that had found the perfect table from Restoration Hardware (RH) where the round table was too small and not quite the right finish. You can see the RH listing here (for now at least). Ultimately they needed the same table, only a little more ....perfect? The table from RH is built with Pine. They said that this wouldn't really work for them so they asked for other woods. In the end there were three types that went into the table- Oak and Poplar for the top and Pine for the pedestal and feet. The pedestal part of the table is carved from a single piece of wood with the legs being attached separately. Perhaps the best for the client was that I was able to use locally sourced wood from a nearby farm in Washington state. Just remember- if you want it you can get it!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Up Against a Wall

   Our walls have been blank too long. Taking what we already have I hung our Greenland paddles that I made a couple of years ago with our canoe paddles and a spare (who doesn't have one of these?) propeller.  I love the idea that we have everything we need to decorate and make our house our own we just need to take the time to figure out the best way to present it.


Monday, May 6, 2013

Border Dispute

 We have dogs. Our dogs like to lay in cool soft spots. Our dogs like to hangout near us when we work. When we work in the garden this tends to be the flower beds and that is not good. What to do?
Quick cheap fencing made in China. Nope. We didn't even have to leave the house to solve this one!

  With all of the banches and trees that have been cut back we chose to weave planter borders. It keeps the dogs seperate from the flowers and saves us a trip to the store and looks better than we could hope for. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Mirror Mirror


 We are not vain people but I have noticed that since moving to Sweden we have appear to lack any vanity as the details of our personal grooming have been seriously neglected. From unkempt heads of hair to a bundle of ear hair, an unevenly plucked eyebrow, and even perhaps miscolored cosmetics. But it is not for lack of want. It was for lack of a lit mirror. Well that has been remedied now.