Marries Old World Techniques with Modern Sensibilities
Bay-area Gingko Home Furnishings, retailer of modern, handcrafted solid wood furniture, is unveiling a “no nails” streamlined furniture collection made from top grade solid walnut, using Old World techniques. The result is a quiet, sculptural assortment that has a softness to its appearance yet designed to appeal to our modern sensibilities.
The stylishly minimalistic pieces are constructed using “mortise and tenon” joints which eliminate the use of nails and hardware to fasten pieces of wood together and includes the Lewis Living Set (Dining Table, Dining Chair, Side Table and Media Center), along with the upholstered Pascal Chair. The technique not only allows for increased stability and durability, but also helps create timeless silhouettes that emphasize the wood’s natural contours.
The duo behind the designs are owners Jerry Hsia and Sarah Chang who have been making furniture since 2001. The husband and wife team drew inspiration from the natural and man-made world, effortlessly blending Asian themes, modern forms and Northern Californian functionality. After 13 years in the business, Hsia and Chang maintain a hands-on approach, working closely with world-class, formally trained woodworkers, who make their designs come to life, shaping the wood with subtle, modern twists.
“Every piece is an original and highlights the individual workmanship and the organic quality of the wood itself,” said Hsia. “We work with artisans who have worked their entire lives building furniture by hand; we have simply given them Western styles to craft,” added Chang.
About the Collection
The Lewis line borrows from the best of the mid-century Danish designs: the Dining Table ($1580) features a gently curved table edge and rounded tapered legs; the Media Center ($1450) is an interplay of line and shadow with its shutter sliding doors; the Side Table ($490) features a contemporary silhouette with a slender drawer and the Dining Chair ($285) possesses hand-fitted curves of rich walnut wood that are perfect counterpoints to the soft upholstered seat. The Pascal Chair ($325) takes its cue from Lewis with its angled legs, boomerang-shaped back and generous seat. Both chairs come in four colors: saffron (orange), azure (blue), charcoal grey and beige. All Gingko pieces are available in a dark, medium or natural finish.Bay-area Gingko Home Furnishings