What we are about: Modern Furniture Details

City Joinery is a small company making furniture a piece at a time. Our designs are contemporary, or modern. We work primarily in solid wood, not veneer, and often in combination with other materials such as metal, glass, upholstery and acrylic.

From dining tables, beds, and armoires to desks, dressers, and seating, we have many designs. We make variations on these in different woods, sizes and with different details. We can also create a new design specific to a customer’s needs, space constraints and tastes

Our Approach:
City Joinery furniture is made from solid wood because, unlike most veneered substrates, it has integrity, depth and strength. Our furniture is designed to allow the wood to breathe.  We look for woods that have subtle variations in color and grain and we prefer to finish them in a way that emphasizes these.  Combining these with metals enhances their natural wonder.

Because everything is built to order, we encourage our clients to choose from a wide variety of materials. We specialize in combining metal with wood, but also love using resins, plastics, laminates and felt, to name a few, as alternating textures and accents. Little known and sustainable wood species are of particular interest to us, but mainly we pick materials for their raw beauty.

City Joinery was founded by a former architect whose design influences range from Mackintosh and Guimard, to Nakashima and the Danish modernists. Continuing this legacy of designer-craftspeople, we enjoy the challenge of balancing practicality and artistry. And as with forerunners such as Ruhlmann and William Morris, we take pride in cultivating relationships with our clients, in crafting the objects that will inhabit their homes or offices for generations.

Over the years our client base has grown to include people who’ve become our friends. We just finished a newlyweds’ first dining room table, in Black Walnut.  We expect their family will grow around that table (it has two leaves). Beyond the many cities and towns of the Northeast, we have made furniture for houses in Dallas, Moab, Sarasota, Las Vegas,(among others) and as far away as Tasmania, Seoul, London, Kerry, and Bodrum.

A few years ago, we crafted all the lobby furniture for New York’s Asia Society, a museum that recognized a hint of Asian influence in City Joinery’s designs. One of our first large projects was to design for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) bookshop. Our clients are individuals, businesses and institutions. All of them share a love of lasting value and a wish for grace in practical things.