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Weekly Highlight: Re-Caning a Classic
Originally designed in 1956, when this vintage Hans Wegner Circle Chair first came into our workshop this past April, it was looking every day of its age. In fact, at some point in its storied life, this CH20 broke on through to the other side. So we called upon our in-house expert, Emily Scheltgen, to weave her magic. Literally.
"The biggest challenge with this piece, and with re-caning these older pieces in general, would be the materials. Sourcing them is somewhat tricky: furniture caning is such a niche discipline; it can be difficult to find the specific materials you're looking for. And for this particular Wegner chair, there were thick, curved cuttings of rattan along the bottom edges to cover the nails. Nobody sells that anymore!"
"So we brainstormed a little about different solutions, and ended up making a very thin piece of ash in the shop to replace it. Working with the caning itself can be a little complicated too. It's a natural product and therefore has some defects and variances, it breaks easily if you don't process it correctly, and it's really difficult to color-match if you don't buy enough at once.
The chair itself was in great shape, but the seat had totally broken through the frame, it was barely hanging on in the back corner, and most of the wraps had come loose. Luckily, I was able to find some reference photos online of other restored pieces, and some originals, and through taking it apart, and comparing to the photos I was able to come up with the pattern and match it almost exactly."
This same technique, craft and expertise is on show in Emily’s re-caning of the matching Wegner stool.
20,000 Leagues Above Average
"The human mind delights in grand conceptions of supernatural beings."- Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)
The Team at The Good Mod recently completed a custom and supernatural 16’ x 8’ boardroom table with a nautical theme for the AirBnB Headquarters Offices in San Francisco. The table fits into the largest of their concept conference rooms, masterfully designed by the Airbnb Environments Team, to fit the fantastical theme based on Jules Verne’s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. This was yet another wonderful collaboration with the amazing team at Airbnb.
Designed, engineered and constructed within a never-ever-heard-of turnaround time of 14 days, this largest of all meeting room tables is a handmade wonder of nature. The walnut-encased tabletop upholstered in brown leather elegantly interfaces with the circular brass inlays, referencing cartographic tables and ancient navigational tools—all while helping you connect and charge your very contemporary electronics right at your meeting table, via outlet, USB, Com port outlets that integrate with the entire conference room. The curvilinear concave rolled steel legs (700 pounds!) connect with a solid walnut mast, contributing to the look of a regal nautical vessel. With a highly cantilevered top, you feel the ship sailing in.
|Rolled steel legs connected by walnut mast and brass hardware|
"From the very beginning, it was such a treat to collaborate with you. After presenting our ideas and inspiration—which you all were so receptive to—you were so great in helping us identify the needs for the project. Together we were able to successfully problem solve and come up with a final design that created the perfect pieces for the space. Thank you for everything—We love TGM!"
To complete the conference room experience with matching seating, we fully re-imagined a set of 18 vintage Castelli chairs. With new black powder coated legs, freshly restored backrests with brand new walnut veneer and new Maharam wool upholstery for the seat, these 18 stacking chairs add just the right amount of elegance and comfort to large conferences and expeditions.
|Matte black powdercoat frame and new walnut veneer||Upholstered with premium quality Maharam wool|
Check out process shots of the masterful table construction, upholstery and woodwork below.
TGM Lounge for MadeHere PDX
MadeHere PDX, 40 NW 10th Ave, Portland
Last month we've teamed up with MadeHere PDX, a showroom presenting design focused, fashionable product entirely designed and manufactured in Portland, to create for them a lounge and play area highlighting our new TGM Studio Line.
With honest materials, straightforward lines, and playful attitude, the TGM Studio Line presents high quality functionality that is fit to match its calling. Our Ping Pong Conference Tables are made of solid hardwood construction on legs that are designed and fabricated in house. Our Plywood Lounges have been developed as flat-packable and versatile pieces, for variable office work (and lounge) scenarios. Solid russian birch construction matched with high-quality upholstery and ergonomic design give these pieces longevity in high-traffic spaces while maintaining their simple elegance.
Stop by MadeHere, play some ping pong on our TGM Ping Pong Conference table in eastern black walnut with copper plated legs and copper inlay, lounge on our upholstered TGM Plywood Lounge Chairs or stretch out on our TGM Plywood Love Seat, and take a moment to contemplate the brains and hands involved in all the things that are MadeHere in this great city.
The Good Mod team members Tom and Mike dialing-in the Ping Pong setup. Ready for play at NW 10th and Couch.
Spencer Scott Staley, The Good Mod's creator getting involved in the MadeHere Ping Pong Lounge.
Visit our showroom at 1313 W Burnside St., 4th floor, to view the complete selection of style options for your own TGM custom pieces.
SCULPTURAL ILLUSIONS AT TGM
Artists Spencer Scott Staley and Zach Dougherty are mixing up science and art with visual objects and interventions. Using a 3-D scanning technique developed by Zach and intuitive experimentation by Spencer this styrofoam sculpture will trick your eyes!
The Good Mod is a place of productivity and exploration in the techniques and tools of digital fabrication.
CNC milled subtractive sculptural methods.
The nuances of form are accentuated by shadow. This play of light created by the recess in the styrofoam gives the illusion of the Bust protruding out.
Please contact us to visit the studio and talk with our Artists!