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J. Rusten Studio-crafted California Shaped Desk from Salvaged CA Claro Walnut

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Since 2007, J. Rusten Furniture Studio has been creating the original and now familiar California Series of tables and desks. Carefully cut into the iconic shape of California, each piece is crafted from locally salvaged Claro walnut and features custom formed steel legs. The California shape offers ideal function as desk or coffee table, and brings to mind all of the positive associations with “the golden state”: artistic contribution, technical innovation, entertainment production, political progress, and diversity of population and geographies. Claro walnut, a perfect analog to the left coast’s culture and people, possesses a spectrum of colors and textures, unique among wood species. And, it’s rare. Because Claro walnut is not harvested commercially at any significant scale, it is obtained mostly through small, independent sawyers who are able to spare displaced or dead trees from the landfill or chipper. Since the species is no longer planted in the orchards, its availability is finite and shrinking year by year. I can think of no greater tribute to this material than to create from it functional pieces of furniture in the shape of its geographic origin. And, we spend an extraordinary amount of time on every part of the construction process: sourcing the lumber, milling, layout, joining, hand-sanding the crisp facets of the coastline, oiling and buffing out the finish -all of those extra hours to ensure we’re creating a (deceptively simple) design object with unparalleled craftsmanship. In addition to Claro walnut, we can craft our California series from other salvaged wood species that are native to California. Some of our favourites are: Bay Laurel, Big Leaf maple, Chinese elm, sycamore, and vertical grain Douglas fir.

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If the maroon/rust colored tones of Claro walnut does not perfectly suit your project, please let us know what wood hue you're looking for. It's likely that we can find an interesting native species to suit any space. Some additional cost may apply. Legs are finished with a "coal" powder-coating, which has a matte texture. Other finishes: blackened/blued patina on the raw steel, chrome/brass/bronze plating, and other powder-coat colors are available for an additional cost.

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  • Dimensions
    H 29 in. x W 86 in. x D 30 in.H 73.66 cm x W 218.44 cm x D 76.2 cm
  • Seller Location
    Stockton, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU3926311681371
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J. Rusten Furniture Studio

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J. Rusten Furniture Studio was founded in 2002 by Jared Rusten to create compelling and enduring objects that awaken public and private space. The studio engages tradition’s best practices while pushing the craft of woodworking forward. Natural materials are elevated by composing them into simple, modern forms. Finishes are engineered to get better with age and communicate a sublime warmth and presence only possible with small scale production . Often, Jared and his team source rare and unique California hardwood species like Claro Walnut and Bay Laurel milled from fallen or displaced trees. 
 ..... Adding its own vocabulary to the language of design, the studio has produced hundreds of original pieces of furniture for residences and commercial clients like Google, Vans, Github, and Levi’s, exhibiting work at numerous venues including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, S.F. Museum of Craft and Design, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Pasadena Contemporary Art Museum, and has been featured in many print/digital publications like The New York Times, and Sunset Magazine ..... In 2016, the studio moved to Stockton, CA where Jared and his wife, Emily purchased a 100-year-old warehouse in the historic downtown. The ample space, proximity to fabricators, suppliers, and Stockton’s transportation nexus have allowed the studio to thrive with new designs and to better serve clients in California and beyond.

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