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COMPLETION: ALPHA BREWING CO.
THE FOUR CORNERS PROJECT CONT... :
THE J&r CHAIR
THE FOUR CORNERS PROJECT
VIDEO: FEAST MAGAZINE FEATURE II
SNEAK PEEK: MIKE SHANNON'S GRILL
VIDEO: FEAST MAGAZINE FEATURE
NEW PROJECT: THE LIBERTINE
NEW PROJECT: ALPHA BREWING CO.
COMPLETION: TAYAG RESIDENCE
FURNITURE FOR ROBUST WINE BAR @ MX
NEW PROJECT: MIKE SHANNON'S GRILL
LA PATISSERIE CHOUQUETTE
VIDEO: PALLET WOOD FORAGING
BOTANICAL GROVE HOMES: 4217 MCREE:
NEW PROJECT: PASTARIA BY NICHE
NEW PROJECT: CHRONICLE COFFEE
WILDT TOWNHOMES IN ANN ARBOR, MI
STRAND POPLAR WOOD FLOOR TABLE
PROJECT COMPLETION: SWEET ART
HELP WANTED: GENERAL LABOR
TAKAYA NEW ASIAN: UNDER BIG LIGHTS
CUSTOM FURNITURE PROJECT FOR CELEBRITY NYC CHEF MARC BYNUM
NEW PROJECT: ENTRE.UNDERGROUND
PROJECT COMPLETION: ELAIA & OLIO
CUSTOM FURNITURE PROJECT FOR CELEBRITY CHEF MARC BYNUM
PROJECT COMPLETION: SUMP COFFEE
PROJECT UPDATE: ART + SCIENCE SALON
PROJECT IN PROGRESS: ELAIA & OLIO
NEW PROJECT: SNARF'S SANWICHES
NEW PROJECT: ROBUST WINE BAR
PROJECT COMPLETION: TAKAYA
NEW PROJECT: ART + SCIENCE SALON
NEW PROJECT: OLIO WINE BAR
NEW PROJECT: ELAIA RESTAURANT
TAYAG RESIDENCE PHASE II
NEW PROJECT: BOTANICAL GROVE HOMES
INDIE COFFEE SHOP PROJECT: SUMP
MILESTONE: 75 FeRRUM™ PIECES SOLD
NEW PROJECT: BETTER LIFE
NEW COFFEE SHOP PROJECT?
PROJECT: BROWDER RESIDENCE
PROJECT: SWEET ART BAKERY
THE GARVEY TABLE
NEW RESTAURANT PROJECT: TAKAYA
CONTEMPORARY VS. TRADITIONAL
PROJECT: CITY GARDEN MONTESSORI
BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ
BIG PROJECT IN CHICAGO
PRESSE: RIVERFRONT TIMES
GONE FISHING: JUNE 7-17TH
PRESSE: SAUCE MAGAZINE
PROJECT: PI PIZZERIA
PRESSE: RIVERFRONT TIMES
if.FURNITURE™ | Feys Bench
VIDEO: PALIT® | pallet dis·man·tle
CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMES
WE'RE IN A BOOK!
PALIT® WEBSITE LAUNCH: March 31
PROJECT: TAYAG RESIDENCE
BEST FEBRUARY EVER!
GREEN LIGHT: Pi Pizzeria
PROJECT: BROWN SHOE CO.
@WOODSHOP: THE CNC SLAVE
NEW FURNITURE LINE: if
200 PROJECT: Greenhaus Cabinets®
A 12 FOOT STL-HARVESTED SOLID WALNUT TABLE IN CONSTRUCTION
A HAPPY NEW YEAR MESSAGE
OUR NEW FURNITURE LINE: PALIT®
NEW PROJECT IN THE LOOP: NICO
FOR SALE: Storage Chest ($400)
Kahrs®: FSC & Fairtrade Certified
LEED™ PLATINUM PROJECT:
@WOODSHOP: Furniture Collabo w/ Painter Cbabi Bayoc
FEATURE PROJECT IN MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA
FeRRUM™ IN CHICAGO
ADVERTISING?: Not So Much
MISSOURI MILLED PREFINISHED HARDWOOD FLOORING FOR LESS THAN THE BIG BOX STORES & LIQUIDATORS
PHOTO SHOOT: Bey Bar chair
Missouri Hardwood Products
PROJECT: 4 Hands Brewery Co.
PROJECT UPDATE: Atomicdust
MADE IN AMERICA
LOWER PRICING: FeRRUM™
PROJECT: 4 Hands Brewery
PRESS: St. Louis Business Journal
COMING SOON: Builder Grade
POSTED ON: 02-26-2013
Alpha Brewing CoMPANY / we delivered all of the various tables today. the space looks fantastic! pictured with me is ABC owner/brewer Derrick Langeneckert. thanks for the beer and lunch guys. see you on opening day! to view play-by-play photos of this project visit our Facebook photo gallery page here
POSTED ON: 02-26-2013
THE FOUR CORNERS PROJECT CONTINUED : THE J&R CHAIR : repurposed steel chair frame found in basement of J&R Tavern with 2" thick repurposed original joists from J&R Tavern for seat and back rest. finished with a zero-VOC clear satin top coat. follow us here on our blog and on our Facebook photo gallery page for play-by-play fabrication photos of the entire process at the following link: http://on.fb.me/XgAeni
POSTED ON: 02-16-2013
THE FOUR CORNERS PROJECT : the building across the street from our showroom in Benton Park West is being rehabbed into residential units and crews are now working on it. the building once housed J&R TAVERN, owned by James L. Henderson, was very popular in the 70's and 80's. in fact, our showroom — and the other two buildings that once occupied the corners of WYOMING STREET & CALIFORNIA AVENUE, we're all taverns during this time period. the bar on the south-west corner was destroyed in a fire and is now a neighborhood garden. in fact, this intersection was once known as "THE FOUR CORNERS". it was the only place in the city that had a tavern on all four corners. the four corners apparently, had some racial tension, and very few — if any, people of color were at any of these taverns. in 1986, after numerous complaints signed by over 175 people in the neighborhood, J&R was raided by police. according to STL police, a pinball machine and a slot machine was seized because J&R did not have vending licenses for the machines. furthermore, Mary Flamm, chairman of the Cherokee chapter of ACORN, said the residents wanted the tavern closed because of frequent fights and violations of liquor-control laws, she said in a police report. ''the owner has been unwilling to discuss the problems with us,'' Flamm said in a police report. ''the neighborhood is just fed up with the place.'' eventually all four taverns closed down.
perhaps the most notorious story about "The Four Corners" was the story about a chainsaw fight that happened in the street, in the middle of the intersection circa 1970 between two contractors that got into a dispute and ran to their pickup trucks and grabbed chainsaws. apparently nobody was hurt, but boy does it hearken to a scene from the blockbuster movie Gangs Of New York, set in the mid-19th century in the five points district of lower manhattan. NY had the Five Points, STL had the Four Corners. and here we are, Mwanzi CO., with our showroom at the north-east corner of that intersection, which by-the-way was originally built in 1893 to house The Rauner Sisters Millinery, and rehabbed in 2008 by Blue Brick Construction.
today, J&R TAVERN is being gutted and rehabbed and we thought it would be really cool to make furniture for our showroom out of the wood used to build this storied J&R TAVERN, originally built in the late 1800's. the contractors working on the rehab have removed lots of old, burnt and rotted joists and two-by-fours. we approached them about salvaging the wood to divert it from the countless amount of dumpsters that have pulled up to the site and they were happy to oblige.
we're going to take this wood to make a new conference table and a bench for our showroom. any wood left over we will keep for a client(s) that lives in Benton Park West and would like us to make a piece of furniture for their space with the wood we have left over. we've also salvaged some old chairs found in the basement of the building that we will clean up and remake with the salvaged wood for new a seat and back rest for the chairs. the chair will be placed at the new showroom conference table.
follow us here on our blog and on our Facebook photo gallery page for play-by-play fabrication photos of the entire process at the following link: http://on.fb.me/XgAeni
POSTED ON: 02-12-2013
LA PATISSERIE CHOUQUETTE : recently completed custom furniture and fixture fabrication, and build-out project for La Patisserie Chouquette, a sweet boutique specializing in french pastry, couture wedding cakes, and desserts opening at 1626 Tower Grove Avenue by pastry chef Simone Faure.
the project included fabricating a feature, custom 80" side/window table out of FSC-certified maple that we designed, with traditional french inspired cabriole legs. the side/window table was finished with what is now known as "chouquette bleu" stain made on the fly in the moment. in other words: can't make it again. just look at the legs folks. it took twenty (20) legs for me to get it right. bar far, the hardest leg i've ever made. i had plans, a similar leg to guide me, but the amount of scoping by hand with a little lathe work was ... a challenge
we also designed and fabricated four 12-foot-long x 4" high floating shelves made out of Missouri-harvested pine and white washed. the entire façade of both bars were also wrapped with Missouri-harvested pine that we also applied the white wash to. finally, we hand-sanded old church pews to remove obtrusive paint chips while keeping the aged character and charm of the pews, and finished it with a clear, semi-gloss, zero-VOC topcoat finish to provide large seating areas for the boutique.
to view play-by-play photos of this project visit our Facebook page at the following link: http://on.fb.me/XDj4TG
POSTED ON: 01-31-2013
TASTEMAKER VIDEO II : well wow! HANNA RADCLIFF you have really outdone yourself this time. i thought the first video you shot of me and my company for FEAST MAGAZINE ( www.feaststl.com ) was awesome. well, i think this one is even better! #talent. your shot anticipation is most impressive. cheers, and thanks to you, CATHERINE NEVILLE and the folks behind the scenes at FEAST MAGAZINE for appreciating what i and my small crew do. website: www.hannahradcliff.com
POSTED ON: 01-31-2013
MIKE SHANNON'S GRILL / early look at the rustik 48"x48" bar height feature table we made out of solid STL-raised, harvested, milled and kilned white oak. for play-by-play fabrication photos of this projects click on the following link to our gallery on our facebook page: http://on.fb.me/Y5uzjc
POSTED ON: 01-24-2013
TASTEMAKER CONTINUED : as mentioned a few weeks ago, FEAST MAGAZINE ( www.feaststl.com ) named me a "Tastemaker" in their annual Tastemakers Issue ( read below ) which came out this month (January 2013). well, a few weeks later they produced a special video about what we do with various shots in the showroom and woodshop, interviewed by the magazine's publisher Catherine Neville. videographer Hanna Radcliff shot the video for Feast and congratulations to her for winning an RFT (Riverfront Times) "Web Award" a few days ago for her work. once you see the video below you'll see why she won. big ups to her!
POSTED ON: 01-22-2013
ANOTHER RESTAURANT PROJECT IN CLAYTON: we're pleased to announce we have been commissioned to design and fabricate the interior space for THE LIBERTINE, the highly anticipated "reimagined neighborhood eatery" opening this spring at 7927 Forsyth in downtown Clayton by restaurateurs and sommeliers Nick and Audra Luedde, and STL-celebrity chef and James Beard award semi-finalist Josh Galliano. we've been asked to design + build all the restaurant's 30 tables, design + build the entire bar, create a large floor-to-ceiling rustic wood accent wall, and design + build bar height window tables. and as-per-youknowhowwedo, this project will focus on sustainably and locally hand crafted, healthy fabrication, to create a space-specific, one-of-a-kind look and feel. some highlights include saint louis-harvested woods, repurposed woods, and custom wood stain accents. stay tuned for project process photos and follow them on Tumblr here: www.libertineday2day.tumblr.com
POSTED ON: 01-10-2013
ALPHA BREWING COMPANY: we're pleased to announce that we have been commissioned to fabricate custom furniture for ALPHA BREWING COMPANY (www.alphabrewingcompany.com), a new brewpub opening downtown at 1409 Washington Ave (entrance on back side of building). we will be fabricating "restaurant tables" out of recycled cast iron for the bases and FSC-certified wood with a custom ebony stain for the tops, two 6.5-foot-long community tables that will connect to form a massive 13-foot-long community table made out of solid MISSOURI-harvested maple with a slight white-wash stain, a coffee table made out of FSC-certified maple with a slight white-wash stain, and a end table "cube" made entirely out of repurposed shipping pallet wood. all the pieces are designed with a clean lined, contemporary aesthetic. stay tuned for project process photos.
POSTED ON: 01-08-2013
TAYAG RESIDENCE COMPLETED: we were approached by the architect to fabricate our Greenhaus Cabinets® (www.greenhauscabinets.com) for this $1.5 million dollar, LEED, new home construction project overlooking the Mississippi River in Quincy, IL. the TAYAG RESIDENCE is the largest single project we’ve ever had for our cabinetry line and features several custom modifications and cabinets from two of our four collections (MOD and LUX). our cabinets are in every single room of this massive house except the bedrooms and utility rooms. we also had milled on site a tree harvested on the property into cabinet lumber that we will use to make custom dining tables in the house. Wicanders® (www.wicanders.com) renewable cork flooring was also supplied throughout the house.
to view more photos of this project visit our Facebook page at the following link: http://on.fb.me/VIkT0J.
POSTED ON: 01-08-2013
ENTRE:UNDERGROUND : we fabricated custom furniture for ENTRE:UNDERGROUND (www.entrestl.com), St. Louis' first underground restaurant, owned and operated by chef John Perkins, located just north of the Gaslight Theater at 360 N. Boyle. we fabricated four custom, 32" round, bar height cocktail tables out of 7/8" thick, solid repurposed wood to help take this already amazing space to the next level just in time for their first major event, Le Coq (pronunciation: Le Cook). it's a chicken themed event going on throughout the entire month of January 2013.
the table bases are made out of recycled cast iron steel with a matte black powder coat paint. the wood used to make the table top came from a mixture of our signature STL-foraged and repurposed shipping pallet wood, and repurposed vintage solid maple factory carts acquired from an old Chicago paper mill and made by Nutting® in Minneapolis, MN back in 1897. the factory cart wood is extra special! we have lots of these carts and this is the first set of tables we've ever made — residential or commercial, using this wood. in fact, this is probably the very first set of tables in the country fabricated for a restaurant with these vintage repurposed boards. the tops were finished with a zero-VOC, clear satin top coat.
loaded full of history embedded into the wood over the coarse of 100 years through various stains, carvings, dents, saw marks, age coloration due to oxidation and exposure to the elements — even an old shoeprint mark, these tables are what we call "re-vintage".
pictured below is ENTRE:UNDERGROUND owner and chef John Perkins and i. to view play-by-play photos of this project visit our Facebook page at the following link: http://on.fb.me/XrpTV8
POSTED ON: 01-04-2013
FEAST MAGAZINE NAMES ME A TASTEMAKER: wowzers! what an honor! i was just named one of Feast Magazine's 'Tastemakers' in their annual Tastemakers Issue that just came out (January 2013). go pick up an issue and/or read the entire digital magazine online at the following link: http://bit.ly/UJ78yk. you can also read a quick blurb on their website about it here: http://bit.ly/ZXDIlp. plus, they will soon post a special footage video taken of me in the showroom and in the woodshop. keep checking their website at www.feaststl.com. thanks for the head nod Feast!
POSTED ON: 12-30-2012
CUSTOM FURNITURE & CABINETS FOR ROBUST WINE BAR: we were tasked to fabricate custom furniture for the new and second location of ROBUST WINE BAR (www.robustwinebar.com) in downtown St. Louis in The MX District at 635 Washington Avenue.
we fabricated all of their 27 restaurant tables out of fsc-certified and formaldehyde-free oak hardwood plywood, staining them a custom "wine" stain and finishing it with a plant-based, glossy epoxy coating. we also made 5 special bar height tables out of repurposed wine crate wood. the are the first and only tables in a St. Louis restaurant/cafe/bar made out of this kind of wood. we also made 22 feet worth of banquette seating out of fsc-certified and formaldehyde-free oak hardwood plywood, staining in a custom "wine" stain and finishing it with a zero-voc, clear satin topcoat finish. plus, we fabricated a few custom Greenhaus Cabinets® (www.greenhauscabinets.com) base cabinets for behind the bar and at POS station.
for play-by-play fabrication photos of this entire project, simply click on the following link to take you to our photo gallery on our facebook page: http://on.fb.me/W9fsEc
POSTED ON: 12-27-2012
NEW COMMERCIAL PROJECT: we're pleased to announce that we have been commissioned to fabricate custom furniture for MIKE SHANNON'S GRILL, an upscale, contemporary sports themed bar opening in early 2013 on the east side of the river in Edwardsville, IL at 871 South Arbor Vitae by none other than Saint Louis fixture and legendary Saint Louis Cardinals baseball player, MIKE SHANNON. along with his daughter and co-owner Pat Shannon-VanMatre, this is their first "upscale-casual" spinoff to their iconic downtown STL Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood at 620 Market Street ( www.shannonsteak.com ).
we will be fabricating all of the bar's 33 custom restaurant tables out of sustainably harvested, FSC-certified wood and applying a custom hand applied, zero-voc, wood stain color. the tables will have a striking 2" thick top and there several different table sizes including a few bar height tables, and a feature solid wood bar height table made out of local, saint louis-harvested white oak, with solid 3" wood legs and with authentic rustic features including deep rich patinas, saw marks, knots, and checks. stay tuned for project process photos.
POSTED ON: 12-19-2012
NEW COMMERCIAL PROJECT: we're pleased to announce that we have been commissioned to design, fabricate and install custom furniture and treatments for La Patisserie Chouquette, a sweet boutique specializing in french pastry, couture wedding cakes, and desserts opening at 1626 Tower Grove Avenue in the Botanical Height Neighborhood by pastry chef Simone Faure — formerly the executive pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton. we will be fabricating a custom counter height side/window table with traditional french craftsmanship, several 12-foot-long floating shelves, a 12-foot-long run of custom Greenhaus Cabinets® base cabinets (www.greenhauscabinets.com). we will also reface the entire façade of the 12-foot long display case, and the entire coffee bar. we will use a mixture of fsc-certified and missouri-harvested woods to help create a traditional french inspired sophistication. stay tuned for more details and check them out at www.simonefaure.com
POSTED ON: 12-16-2012
PALLET WOOD FORAGING : we "forage" throughout the st. louis metro area for shipping pallets for use in our PALIT® furniture line ( www.palitSTL.com ) and various custom furniture and casework projects. most of the pallets are sitting near dumpsters waiting to be sent to landfill land. we snatch them away and repurpose them into beautiful furniture and household items.
POSTED ON: 12-12-2012
217 MCREE AVENUE / we finished fabricating and delivered our Greenhaus Cabinets® in our second home of the Botanical Grove Homes development today (12/12/12). our Greenhaus Cabinets® are the official cabinetry brand of the Botanical Grove Homes development in the Botanical Heights Neighborhood, under development by UIC. the development spans the entire 4200 block of McRee Avenue with 30 renovated and new contemporary-designed LEED registered green homes. this project is the largest single residential project we’ve ever had in our company’s seven year history! located only a couple blocks away from the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Botanical Grove Homes development is a $20 million project aimed at reviving the area. www.greenhauscabinets.com
to view play-by-play photos of this project visit our Facebook page at the following link: http://on.fb.me/TaVw5x
POSTED ON: 12-10-2012
NEW COMMERCIAL PROJECT : we're pleased to announce that we have been commissioned to fabricate a custom countertop for downtown Clayton restaurant PASTARIA by NICHE, located at 7734 Forsyth Blvd., owned and operated by celebrity chef GERARD CRAFT, the three-time James Beard Award nominee. after seeing our work at Sump Coffee — shout out to Scott, we were contacted by one of Gerard's people — shout out to Brittany, to fabricate a few custom pieces for their newly opened space. due to our other previous project commitments needed at the same time, we were only able to commit to the countertop project for the private dining area on the 2nd floor. after meeting with Gerard to get a feel for what he was looking for we decided to make the 91" W x 31" D x 1-1/2" T custom countertop with sink cutout and backsplash, out of repurposed vintage solid maple factory carts acquired from an old Chicago paper mill and made by Nutting® in Minneapolis, MN back in 1897. we have lots of these carts and this will be our very first project using this wood — it's probably the very first countertop fabricated out of these vintage repurposed boards in the country — one or two of the boards in the countertop will have the original carved Nutting® logo in it, and it's our honor to create this piece for Pastaria. stay tuned for more details and check out their website at www.pastariastl.com
POSTED ON: 11-26-2012
NEW COMMERCIAL PROJECT : we're pleased to announce that we have just been commissioned to design, fabricate and install custom furniture and finishes for Chronicle Coffee, opening very soon in the Theater District at 1235 Blumeyer Avenue where the old Blumeyer housing project once stood. its goal is to not only serve bold, premium coffee, but contribute to the area's revival by providing a space for community engagement and meaningful dialogue. we will be fabricating and installing over 19-feet of custom storage/display wall units behind the counter out of sustainably harvested (fsc) hardwood plywood and STL-foraged and repurposed shipping pallet wood. we will also fabricate a custom 9-foot long bar height window table out of sustainably harvested (fsc) solid wood, STL-foraged and repurposed shipping pallet wood and reclaimed Missouri barnwood. stay tuned for more details and check out the website at www.chroniclecoffee.com
POSTED ON: 11-24-2012
GREENHAUS CABINETS® IN WILDT TOWNHOMES : our Greenhaus Cabinets® (www.greenhauscabinets.com) have been selected to be the official cabinetry brand of the WILDT TOWNHOMES in Ann Arbor, MI under construction by developer Urban Energy Works (www.urbanenergyworks.com). the two-condo project on Wildt Street is expected to produce more energy than it consumes with numerous eco-friendly features, including our cabinetry. plus, because Ann Arbor is right at 500 miles from our woodshop here in STL, it will also qualify for a LEED "regional materials" credit. 801 Wildt is 2,307 sf, three bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths and listed at $565K. 803 Wildt is 2,840 sf, four bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths, and listed at $595K. we began cabinetry fabrication for 801 Wildt's kitchen and bathrooms in October. stay tuned for project process photos here.
to view play-by-play photos of this project visit our Facebook page at the following link: http://on.fb.me/Tcf4EK
POSTED ON: 11-24-2012
STRAND POPLAR WOOD FLOORING TABLE : we made this custom dining table or an STL client. it's probably the very first table ever made completely out of repurposed strand poplar hardwood flooring! finished with a zero-voc clear satin topcoat, this table presented a myriad of challenges and unpredictable surprises. at some points it left us wondering if this table was even possible, but managed to pull it out and made a bit of history. to view play-by-play photos of this project visit our Facebook page at the following link: http://on.fb.me/Tou05M
POSTED ON: 11-13-2012
PROJECT / SWEET ART BAKERY : we recently completed our multi-phase custom furniture and casework project for SWEET ART BAKERY ( www.sweetartstl.com ) in the South City neighborhood of Shaw, located at 2203 South 39th Street. the initial phases included fabricating all their tables and a coffee table in the space, and this final phase involved redesigning, fabricating, and installing a new and larger counter area that would be more aesthetically pleasing, eco-conscious, functional and completed over one weekend so it would not disrupt their regular hours.
i want to take another moment to say a big thank you to Reine and Cbabi for being such great friends and being so patient for us to finally get this project completed for them. we've been really busy for some time now and they were very understanding. i hope it was worth the wait. cheers!
the counter is wrapped completely with repurposed pallet wood foraged in St. Louis. we also used repurposed windows and reused trim from the previous counter. everything is finished with a zero-voc, clear satin top coat.
(L-R) Sweet Art owners Cbabi Bayoc and Reine Bayoc w/ me. to view play-by-play photos of this project visit our Facebook page at the following link: http://on.fb.me/WfJ4kq
POSTED ON: 11-13-2012
GENERAL LABOR HELP: we are currently looking for on-and-off help with our furniture and/or cabinetry deliveries around st. louis. delivery times range from 1-2 hours. pay is $30-$50 per delivery. must be able to lift 50 lbs and over 18-years-of age. if interested email your name and phone number for an interview to firstname.lastname@example.org.
POSTED ON: 11-07-2012
UNDER BIG LIGHTS: after completing our custom furniture fabrication — tables and lounge benches, a month ago for TAKAYA NEW ASIAN RESTAURANT — opening downtown in the MX district, we were summoned once again to make what might be the largest light fixtures inside a restaurant anywhere in the STL. which is pretty cool because it's the very first lighting fixture we've ever made! they're Japanese style in design and we made five (5) of them. the fixtures are 72" high x 24" wide x 24" deep, made completely out of solid FSC-certified pine, stained "chocolate" to match the tables and lounge benches we made, have three light bulbs inside of it and will hang directly over the tables we made in the dining area. pictured below is Takaya owner Eric Heckman and i, sitting on the the custom lounge benches we made, sans seat and back rest cushions that will arrive soon.
to view play-by-play photos of this project visit our Facebook page at the following link: http://on.fb.me/Qseo0c
POSTED ON: 11-07-2012
EMAIL FROM CHEF MARC BYNUM : just received a very cool email from celebrity new york chef MARC BYNUM about the custom furniture we're going to be making for his new restaurant — built on site in new york city — more details soon. anyway, this is what he wrote: "i'm going to really leave the design up to you, i don't want to curb your creativity." that is so cool and really gets me fired up! stay tuned for more details on this project and check out his website at www.mbynumcreations.com
POSTED ON: 11-07-2012
NEW COMMERCIAL PROJECT: we're pleased to announce that we have just been commissioned to design and fabricate custom furniture for entre:underground, st. louis' first underground restaurant. located at 360 n. boyle, we will be fabricating custom bar height cocktail tables out of reclaimed and repurposed wood, and over 25-feet of banquette seating out of sustainably harvested, FSC-certified wood, reclaimed wood and repurposed wood with custom color stain treatments. it's going to take this already amazing space to the next level. stay tuned for more details and check them out at www.entrestl.com
POSTED ON: 11-02-2012
i try to leave my environmental hat on the hook when publically speaking about all of the unprecedented weather occurrences we've had across the globe over the past few years, but i refuse to do it this time.
our earth is on a dangerous course thanks in large part to how we've abused it for so long, and we've been warned about the role we play in it for generations. sure, we make, design and sell cool things, but if what we do here at Mwanzi CO. is not eco-conscious, then we're simply not interested in it. it's a lonely road to travel and one not driven by big profits - not the type of business you're encouraged to start or work for when you were in school. instead, it's one driven by a sense of moral priorities. one driven by a sense that every human being, living thing, and life on earth is worth protecting. why? because its the right thing to do!
thankfully, there are countless brave souls, institutions, organizations and companies that have decided to take this road less travelled and use their energies to do some good on our planet. among them, and crucial to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort is The Red Cross. go to www.redcross.org and donate today
POSTED ON: 10-29-2012
PROJECT / ELAIA RESTAURANT & OLIO WINE BAR : we recently completed our custom furniture fabrication and installation project for ELAIA RESTAURANT ( www.elaiastl.com ) and OLIO WINE BAR ( www.oliostl.com ) in the South STL City neighborhood of Botanical Heights at 1634 Tower Grove Avenue. both establishments are connected through a breezeway that runs across a beautiful courtyard. more interesting is the fact that ELAIA is actually in a renovated house and OLIO is in a renovated old gas station. both establishments are the latest ventures by restaurateur Ben Poremba ( shown below on the left of me ), owner of Salame Beddu.
for OLIO, we designed and fabricated custom floating shelves made out of repurposed shipping pallet wood with a white wash stain and bar height window tables made out of Missouri-harvested pine and repurposed shipping pallet wood with a white wash stain. for ELAIA, we designed and fabricated a custom Greenhaus Cabinets® ( www.greenhauscabinets.com ) base cabinet out of fsc-certified natural walnut and custom floating shelves made out of fsc-certified natural walnut. the space was developed by UIC ( www.uicstl.com ).
to view play-by-play photos of this project visit our Facebook page at the following link: http://on.fb.me/RTXHYW
POSTED ON: 10-24-2012
A VERY GOOD POSSIBILITY : just finished a phone conversation with celebrity New York chef MARC BYNUM (@ChefMarcBynum) — he appeared on the Food Network’s cooking competition show Chopped and won twice, about fabricating custom furniture for a new restaurant he's planning on opening here in St. Louis and it went very very well! this is going to be exciting folks. but check this, we might be doing work for him at a new restaurant he's opening in New York and in another city. the details on how we will put that together will blow you away and unlike anything that's been done before. stay tuned.
POSTED ON: 10-23-2012
PROJECT COMPLETION / SUMP COFFEE : we recently completed our custom furniture fabrication and installation project for SUMP COFFEE ( www.sumpcoffee.com ) in south st. louis city and it was truly an honor to help contribute to a company i believe is the best coffee shop to open in st. louis in recent history. you have not enjoyed real coffee until you have had it at Sump! it's in my opinion the most artisan, sophisticated — even scientific, coffee experience you will ever have around here, and beyond.
i was first introduced to Sump Coffee by community leader, friend and smartass, David Godbout who invited my wife and i to a private tasting at the shop. i was blown away. it was truly an experience. i was so impressed with the level of attention owner Scott Carey paid to his craft. it was during that time i said to myself: i'm making furniture for this place!
after a few months of reeling him in, we were finally tasked to enhance the space by creating pieces that played off of the existing aesthetic. i pitched the idea of fabricating over 16-feet of continuous banquette seating made out of repurposed STL-foraged shipping pallet wood with several treatment techniques that would add further sophistication and uniqueness to the boards. after one solid hour of dialogue on the banquettes alone — Scott (shown with the half-man-half-amazing beard below) is a very ... particular dude with a keen eye for design, the idea was accepted. then i pitched the idea of new tables positioned in front of the banquette seats made out of various repurposed and reclaimed woods, including our commercial début of vintage 1950 - 1970 soda bottle crate wood with the logos and everything, and treated with a thick, glossy, plant-based epoxy coating to provide depth when looking down "into" the table top, and Scott loved it.
folks this space is now one of the hottest looking indie coffee shops in the country with even better tasting coffee. we are spoiled to have it here in the STL. go check them out and do so often. i promise you won't be disappointed.
to view play-by-play photos of this project visit our Facebook page at the following link: http://on.fb.me/RY0sYt
POSTED ON: 10-21-2012
PROJECT UPDATE / ART + SCIENCE SALON: are custom fabrication project for ART + SCIENCE SALON (www.artandsciencesalon.com) in Chicago is near completion. we were commissioned to fabricate 6-foot tall modular cabinetry units that will be housed inside an open modular steel frame and used by the stylists to store their hairdryers, hair products and personal items. to view play-by-play photos of this project visit our Facebook page at the following link: http://on.fb.me/WzdyzK
POSTED ON: 10-03-2012
PROJECT IN PROGRESS / ELAIA RESTAURANT + OLIO WINE BAR / for play-by-play photos of our custom furniture project for ELAIA RESTAURANT (www.elaiastl.com) and OLIO WINE BAR (www.oliostl.com) click on the following link to our gallery on our Facebook page click here.
for olio, we are fabricating custom floating shelves made out of repurposed shipping pallet wood with a white wash stain and bar height window tables made out of missouri-harvested pine and repurposed shipping pallet wood with a white wash stain. for elaia, we are fabricating a custom Greenhaus Cabinets® (www.greenhauscabinets.com) base cabinet out of fsc-certified natural walnut and custom floating shelves made out of fsc-certified natural walnut. this space was developed by UIC (www.uicstl.com).
POSTED ON: 09-29-2012
NEW COMMERCIAL PROJECT: we're pleased to announce we have just been commissioned to fabricate custom furniture for SNARF'S SANDWICHES (www.eatsnarfs.com/stlouis.html). they are opening a new St. Louis location downtown inside The MX building at 614 washington ave. this will be our third project at the MX. we're fabricating 31 custom restaurant tables out of SCS indoor advantage™ gold certified (low-VOC) Teragren® solid bamboo plywood, two 9-foot long community tables made out of reclaimed wood, and over 25-feet of window bar height tables welded out of recycled steel. stay tuned!
POSTED ON: 09-26-2012
CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER: want to send a big shout out to our following clients on their recent Riverfront Times BEST OF ST. LOUIS 2012 AWARDS:
Robust® Wine Bar (www.robustwinebar.com) won "Best Wine List in a Restaurant (Value)". we will be fabricating their restaurant tables and some banquette seating for their new downtown location.
SUMP COFFEE (www.sumpcoffee.com) won "Best Coffeehouse". we are fabricating banquette seating and new
tables to enhance the space.
Salume Beddu Artisan Cured Meats won "Best Sandwiches". although we did not fabricate any furniture or cabinetry, or supply anything there, we are making some custom furniture pieces (bar height tables, cabinets and floating shelving) for Elaia Restaurant (www.elaiastl.com) and Olio Wine Bar (www.oliostl.com), which are all owned by Ben Poremba, owner of Salume Beddu.
Pi Pizzeria (www.restaurantpi.com) won "Best Pizza (Thick Crust)". we fabricated all the restaurant tables, the community tables, the benches, banquette seating and servers station at their new downtown location.
4 Hands Brewing Company won "Best Craft Brewery". we fabricated all the tables, benches, and chairs inside their tasting room.
Also want to send a big shout out to our clients UIC (www.uicstl.com) who won for "Best New Building - 2012" for the house they designed and built at 4230 McRee Avenue, which is part of their Botanical Grove Homes development, and our Greenhaus Cabinets® (www.greenhauscabinets.com) are the official cabinetry brand of the 15 new homes and 15 historic renovations development.
POSTED ON: 09-23-2012
NEW COMMERCIAL PROJECT: we are pleased to announce we have just been commissioned to fabricate custom furniture for the new ROBUST WINE BAR (www.robustwinebar.com) opening downtown at 635 washington avenue later this year. we will be fabricating 27 custom restaurant tables out of fsc-certified wood with a custom color stain, four (4) large custom banquette seats out of missouri-harvested wood. stay tuned for project process photos and video! find them on facebook here.
POSTED ON: 09-23-2012
PROJECT COMPLETION / TAKAYA NEW ASIAN: we just completed our project for TAKAYA NEW ASIAN restaurant (twitter: @takayanewasian) opening downtown in the new MX building at 600 Washington sometime this fall — our second restaurant project inside the MX! the restaurant will seat 120 in their 3,300 square foot space. we fabricated their restaurant tables out of fsc-certified wood, four large lounge tables out of STL-harvested wood, and some very cool lounge benches (shown below) made out of reclaimed wood. this amazing restaurant space was designed by CORE10 Architecture. to view play-by-play photos of this project visit our Facebook page at the following link: http://on.fb.me/Qseo0c
POSTED ON: 09-20-2012
FLOORING SALE: our fall flooring sale has begun and first up is our sustainably harvested, 3/4" x 2-1/4" x RL, solid BRAZILIAN CHERRY from IndusParquet® (www.indusparquet-usa.com) for only $4.35/SF. sales end october 1st. direct link to product: http://bit.ly/OYfxbA
POSTED ON: 09-20-2012
NEW COMMERCIAL PROJECT: we're pleased to announce we were just commissioned to fabricate nine (9) custom workstation cabinetry units for ART + SCIENCE SALON (www.artandsciencesalon.com) in Chicago. these 6-foot tall modular cabinetry units will be housed inside an open modular steel frame and used by the stylists to store their hairdryers, hair products and personal items. we're making the cabinetry units out of fsc-certified natural white oak. each unit has a tall door and a bottom drawer with notched hand holes, for a clean, minimalist style.
POSTED ON: 09-12-2012
NEW COMMERCIAL PROJECT: we're pleased to announce we have just been commissioned to fabricate custom furniture for OLIO WINE BAR (www.oliostl.com), a new wine bar opening in the Botanical Heights Neighborhood by Ben Poremba, owner of Salume Beddu Artisan Cured Meats. we will be fabricating custom bar height window tables and several custom 4" thick floating shelves out of reclaimed wood. stay tuned for project process photos and video!
POSTED ON: 09-12-2012
NEW COMMERCIAL PROJECT: we're pleased to announce we have just been commissioned to fabricate custom furniture for ELAIA RESTAURANT (www.elaiastl.com), a new restaurant opening in the Botanical Heights Neighborhood by Ben Poremba, owner of Salume Beddu Artisan Cured Meats. we will be fabricating custom Greenhaus Cabinets® cabinetry (www.greenhauscabinets.com) and several custom 4" thick floating shelves out of fsc-certified natural walnut. stay tuned for project process photos and video!
POSTED ON: 09-12-2012
GONE FISHING: well, not fishing, but we're gone! our showroom and our woodshop is closed until Sept 18th for a short break. we will return emails at the end of each day, but other than that, peace out until one-eight.
POSTED ON: 08-16-2012
TAYAG RESIDENCE PHASE II: looks like our TAYAG RESIDENCE project (http://on.fb.me/K8VOJb) in Quincy, IL is moving into another phase with a bunch of additional Greenhaus Cabinets® from our LUX collection on the den/office wall, plus two (2) custom desks made out of steel for the base and 2" thick reclaimed wood for the top. Then, four (4) dining tables made out of the solid red oak lumber we had milled on site from the tree harvested on the property during construction of the home and kilned here in St. Louis. two tables will be in the breakfast nook area and the other two will be in the dining area, but all four can join to form a massive 21-foot x 3-foot community table in the dining room. stay tuned!
POSTED ON: 07-27-2012
NEW PROJECT / BOTANICAL GROVE HOMES: i remember back in early 2008 when Brent Crittenden, principal at UIC, first introduced me to his plan for the Botanical Grove Homes (www.botanicalheightshomes.com) development. at that time it was just a bunch of drawings, hopes and dreams sprinkled with a heavy dose of doubters, amidst a sinking economy, hurting housing market, and an area with a rough past. well, it's 2012 and with lot's hard work, passion and fortitude from the good folks at UIC and a determined community, i now have the great pleasure of announcing that our Greenhaus Cabinets® (www.greenhauscabinets.com) are now the official cabinetry brand of the Botanical Grove Homes development (www.livegreenstl.com) in the Botanical Heights Neighborhood. the development spans the entire 4200 block of McRee Avenue with 30 renovated and new contemporary-designed LEED registered green homes, and our Greenhaus Cabinets® is now the official cabinetry brand in the kitchens and bathrooms of these amazing homes! this project is the largest single residential project we’ve ever had in our company’s seven year history! located only a couple blocks away from the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Botanical Grove Homes development is a $20 million project aimed at reviving the area. the neighborhood is already taking new shape with City Garden Montessori Charter School (www.citygardenschool.org), Olio Wine Bar, Elaia Restaurant, Chouquette french pastry shop, and new landscape architectural firm [dtls] all opening in the coming months and we’re already involved in custom furniture fabrication and casework in a few of these establishments with the strong possibility that we will be involved in all of these projects in some capacity. it’s a great day for sustainable, walkable, vibrant, urban neighborhoods and we’re honored to be working with UIC once gain.
stay tuned for process photos and video — you know how we do, of this exciting and extensive project on this blog page and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
photos courtesy of UIC.
POSTED ON: 07-25-2012
INDIE COFFEE SHOP PROJECT: we're pleased to announce that we recently received the green light to fabricate custom furniture for an interior revamp at Sump Coffee, (www.sumpcoffee.com) which in our opinion, is one of the most important coffee shops to open in St. Louis in recent history. you have not tasted proper coffee until you have had it at Sump.
we will be fabricating a custom designed, 17-feet worth of continuous banquette seating out of our signature repurposed pallet wood, and new tables to go along the banquettes made out of repurposed pallet wood and repurposed vintage wooden soda crate wood for the top and recycled cast iron for the base. it's going to blow you away folks. stay tuned for project process photos and info - you know how we do, but in the meantime go have a real coffee experience at Sump - tell Scott we sent you.
POSTED ON: 07-23-2012
TABLES+TABLES+TABLES=TABLES: we've created a beautiful monster. no joke: we have 39 custom dining table projects confirmed over the next 6 months. that's almost 7 tables per month;):(. so if you've been thinking about having us do one for you, better holler at us ... today.
POSTED ON: 07-22-2012
MILESTONE / 75 FeRRUM™ FURNITURE PIECES SOLD: we have somehow managed to sell 75 individual pieces from our FeRRUM™ furniture line since it launched one year ago. today, we sold 1 bey table to bring our overall total to the magic 75 number. so, we have now sold 36 bey chairs, 21 bey tables, 5 bey desks, and 13 bey benches, to clients in 4 states using our eco-conscious formula of recycled steel with FSC-certified wood, STL-harvested wood, reclaimed barnwood, and our signature repurposed and foraged shipping pallet wood. made in STL by MWANZI. to learn more about our furniture line visit www.ferrumfurniture.com
POSTED ON: 07-19-2012
NEW COMMERCIAL PROJECT: we're pleased to announce that we will be designing and fabricating custom retail store fixtures for st. louis' own BETTER LIFE (www.cleanhappens.com). the tower-style isle end-cap fixtures will be made out of our signature foraged shipping pallet wood and various other reclaimed wood -- some very cool surprises in store, and will include a chalkboard header with their logo drawn in chalk by a "chalkboard artist". the fixtures will go into a big home improvement store chain in Northern, CA and could result in having displays in all of their 90 locations. plus, these fixtures could end up at other retail stores (indie and chain) across the country. stay tuned for project process photos, etc. you know how we do! #madeinstlbymwanzi
POSTED ON: 07-14-2012
POTENTIAL COFFEE SHOP PROJECT ON THE HORIZON: oh boy. just finished a round of emails with the owner of what i believe to be one of the most important coffee shops to open in st. louis in recent history, about doing a bunch of pretty cool pieces of furniture to revamp the space. i'm pumped because i've been on this dude for a minute. stay tuned because i hope to officially make the announcement in the coming week or two.
POSTED ON: 07-05-2012
PROJECT / SWEET ART BAKERY: we've been commissioned to revamp Sweet Art Bakery's ( sweetartstl.com ) current space, and eventually their new space, by fabricating custom and sustainably constructed furniture and finishes. we've already fabricated all the tables currently in the space, but will introduce a 2-top table (shown below) unlike any other table seen in a cafe or restaurant before, made out of pallet wood. plus, a massive display case, a pallet wood coffee table, saloon doors for staff to access the kitchen, a revamped counter + checkout space, and several accent touches.
at this moment, however, i would like to shed some light on the 2-top cafe/restaurant table ( 24" x 30" ) just completed and now known as THE GARVEY TABLE, named after the great Marcus Garvey. it is — we believe, the first standard cafe/restaurant table, fabricated out of shipping pallet wood for the interior of a restaurant or cafe in the country. like a lot of what we do, i wanted to transform the regular — the standard four-pronged cast iron base cafe/restaurant table, into a more creative and eco-conscious piece of furniture. the red stripe of pallet wood came from the "stringer" (a.k.a. "runner") portion of a pallet we found in south st. louis. the black stripe of pallet wood was created by burning the wood in my modern take of what is a very ancient form of art, practiced by a number of cultures including the Egyptians and several tribes in Central Africa since the dawn of recorded time and later known as pyrography. the following link takes you to a youtube video of this being performed in it's traditional style: http://bit.ly/LTsA07. the green stripe of pallet wood came from the "deckboard" of a pallet also found in south st. louis. the table top is comprised of white oak, cypress, knotty pine and silver maple. a clear, glossy epoxy finish was applied to the surface of the table top to create extremely durable protection that looks and feels like glass, giving the table top an incredible amount of visual depth, magnifying all of the character and detail only found in the shipping pallet wood we hand select. to view play-by-play photos of this project visit our Facebook page at the following link: http://on.fb.me/LZ5lnd
POSTED ON: 07-05-2012
THE GARVEY TABLE: i just posted a sneak peek photo of a restaurant/cafe table we just finished making out of STL-foraged shipping pallet wood for Sweet Art Bakery on our Twitter page here: http://pic.twitter.com/v98ZrO0H. check back later today for a full description of this one-of-a-kind table and lots of other cool stuff.
POSTED ON: 06-29-2012
NEW RESTAURANT PROJECT: i'm pleased to announce that we just got the green light to fabricate all the restaurant tables, a few coffee tables, and to create five massive Japanese-style hanging light fixtures that are approx. 7' H x 4' W (diameter), made out of wood and steel for the new TAKAYA NEW ASIAN RESTAURANT (@takayanewasian) opening sometime this summer inside the new Mercantile Exchange Building. stay tuned for more details on this exciting new project — our second restaurant project inside the MX!
POSTED ON: 06-28-2012
CONTEMPORARY STYLE VS. TRADITIONAL STYLE: i feel the need to say this before posting our new feature project photos for june. many potential clients look at our portfolio and say, "you guys do contemporary stuff, but that doesn't fit the style of my home. can you do more traditional styles?" well, the answer is YES! although my personal style is contemporary, the projects in our portfolio are completely a reflection of the clients that come through our doors. our focus is on sustainability and environmental stewardship — not style, and i want to make that clear because as craftspeople, we can make anything, and as suppliers of interior finishes, our showroom is loaded with products from all persuasions, and always has. so, i think the fact that overwhelming, the majority of our clients are contemporary leaning, speaks greater volumes about them than about us.
POSTED ON: 06-27-2012
PROJECT / CITY GARDEN MONTESSORI: we donated a free custom conference table to the top rated, tuition free charter school in the state, City Garden Montessori School (citygardenschool.org) in south STL for their new building scheduled to open this coming school year. the table measures 98" L x 42" W, the legs are a whopping 4-1/4" x 3-3/4" thick and tapered on one side. it sits 10 people. we made it completely out of scrap and repurposed underlayment plywood and finished it with a whey-protein based non-toxic topcoat. to view larger photos and fabrication process photos of this project, simply click on the following link to take you to our gallery on our Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/M8JLMw
POSTED ON: 06-25-2012
BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ: we're getting all this buzz outside our hood these days and i can't figure out why. so, it looks like we're going to land another large furniture project for a salon in Chicago, IL and we're in the early stages of supplying our Greenhaus Cabinets® in a small housing development in Ann Arbor, MI. what's up doc? we're still resonating within our local though. we are currently in serious talks to be the official cabinetry supplier (base and upgrade) with our Greenhaus Cabinets®, for a major green housing development in St. Louis. stay tuned!
POSTED ON: 06-22-2012
BIG PROJECT IN CHICAGO: okay, what's going on here? we just finished our largest residential project for our Greenhaus Cabinets®: a $1.3 million dollar LEED new home construction in Quincy, IL (http://on.fb.me/L3Vxov), and thought there's no way we would do another project that size, at least not so soon. well, i received a voicemail yesterday that our Greenhaus Cabinets® "have been personally requested" throughout a $1.6 million dollar home in Chicago, IL and construction starts late summer/early fall. apparently this potential client has been following us on facebook and twitter for almost a year and has seen our work at one of our commercial projects while they were in the STL in march of this year. i've already received drawings for the home - it's ... very large, and sent them a preliminary quote. well, i'm pleased to announce that they approved the figures in the quote and have given it a green light. next step will be finalizing details on the layouts, then figuring out how to schedule all of our projects so that we can finish this project on time. #goodproblemtohave. stay tuned!
POSTED ON: 06-12-2012
PRESSE: check out these photos taken by the Riverfront Times of Nico. these amazing pictures not only show the great food served at the restaurant, but also show all the CUSTOM TABLES we made for the restaurant out of solid missouri-harvested (local) knotty pine, and the fsc-certified Kährs® hardwood FLOORING that we supplied and installed throughout the space. it's funny because i remember making each of those 21 tables and remember the unique pine grain pattern found in each of the tables. when i had lunch with my wife and daughter there after it opened, as i walked around the restaurant i could remember each experience i had with each table as i was making it. it's personal, and i take deep pride - sometimes too much, in the work that my hands and the hands of my guys in the woodshop produce, and the quality of the flooring installation by crew performs. to view the photographs click on the following link: http://bit.ly/Lc1vGs
POSTED ON: 06-06-2012
GONE FISHING: we will be closed june 7 - june 17 and will pick up where we left off on the 18th. cheers!
POSTED ON: 06-05-2012
PRESSE: i was recently featured in the June issue of STL culinary magazine Sauce Magazine for the work we've been doing recently in several of the top locally owned restaurants around the city, most notably for our work at the new
Pi Pizzeria downtown in the Mercantile Exchange Building.
here's a excerpt from the article: In this month’s Five Questions column (p. 54), Jermain Todd told us about his boutique green design-build-supply firm, Mwanzi. Todd talked about what he’s working on for the new Pi location downtown, what other area restaurants we can see his work in around town and how he found his way into the furniture industry. Check out the full interview below to find out where you might see more of Todd’s furniture in the future and why this whole rehabbed wood trend isn’t going anywhere.
to read the article click on the following link: http://www.saucemagazine.com/a/1729
POSTED ON: 06-03-2012
PRESSE: check out this cool article in the Riverfront Times about our custom furniture project for Pi Pizzeria. to read the article click on the following link: http://bit.ly/KAJAHR
POSTED ON: 05-19-2012
PROJECT / PI PIZZERIA: we were commissioned to fabricate all the restaurant tables, community tables, benches, booth seating and a server station in the new million dollar, downtown st. louis location for Pi Pizzeria (www.restaurantpi.com). it's the largest single commercial furniture project we've ever had. plus, the 40-foot stretch of custom booth seating and the 14-foot stretch of waiting area bench seating was designed by us and will be fabricated out of our signature repurposed shipping pallet wood, and probably the first time any restaurant in the country has had custom furniture on this scale fabricated out of foraged shipping pallet wood. to view play-by-play photos of this project visit our Facebook page at the following link: http://on.fb.me/J5absb
POSTED ON: 05-03-2012
FEYS BENCH: here's a sneak peek at our second piece currently in production for our if.FURNITURE™ line. we call it the Feys Bench. despite his extremely busy schedule, Cbabi is currently putting the final paint strokes on it. made out of solid, missouri-harvested and milled red oak, it will retail at $1500. we have not officially launched the line yet — sometime this summer, but we've already started taking orders. holler at us. to view larger photos simply click on the images below. for more info on our furniture line visit our website at www.if-furniture.com.
POSTED ON: 04-13-2012
VIDEO: owner and craftsman Jermain Todd demonstrating how we go about dismantling our locally "foraged" shipping pallets for use in our PALIT® furniture line and other projects. no pallet is alike so methods change. delicate dances are performed in order to yield the wood from the pallet without damage. www.palitstl.com
POSTED ON: 04-12-2012
CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMES: we do picture frame. we can do it out of reclaimed barnwood, repurposed pallet wood (www.palitstl.com), our local saint louis-harvested woods or any reclaimed wood. click on the following link to see and example being fabricated in our WOODSHOP: http://pic.twitter.com/ImJz1r99
POSTED ON: 04-09-2012
WE'RE IN A BOOK!: it's amazing how time flies. it's been almost a year since being contacted by author Sheri Koones (@sherikoones) about answering a few questions about our company and specifically our Greenhaus Cabinets® for a book she was writing called "Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid" about building an energy-independent home. she told me she was going to make mention of the LEED certified home built in south st. louis last summer by Eco-Urban and Blue Brick Construction and wanted to included us. we fabricated all the cabinets in the home out of wood from trees harvested and milled locally in St. Louis. apparently our company's name, web site and telephone number will also be listed in the resource guide of the book and available at all major book sellers. the book is also forwarded by the world famous Robert Redford and comes out in October, but you can pre-order it at the following link: http://amzn.to/IgFBhQ
for more info on our cabinets visit our website at www.greenhauscabinets.com.
POSTED ON: 03-30-2012
PALIT® FURNITURE WEBSITE LAUNCH: it's taken us longer to officially launch our PALIT® furniture line than expected. i say officially because we've already sold 14 custom furniture pieces from the line for clients who could not wait:) so here's what we're going to do: on MARCH 31 we're going live and you'll be able to navigate the website and see where we currently are. some links will not be operational, but at least you will finally be able to get a feel for the line and the pieces we've completed. at this point it looks like mid-april will be when everything on the site will be up to speed. sound good?
POSTED ON: 03-26-2012
PROJECT / TAYAG RESIDENCE: a million dollar, LEED, new home construction project overlooking the Mississippi River in Quincy, IL that we're supplying our Greenhaus Cabinets® (www.greenhauscabinets.com) in. it's the largest single project we've ever had for our cabinetry line. our cabinets will be in every single room of this massive house except the bedrooms and utility rooms. we're also milling a tree harvested on site into cabinet lumber that will be used in the house, and supplying over 4,000 square feet of Wicanders® cork flooring and over 275 square feet of CaesarStone® quartz countertops. to view play-by-play photos of this project visit our Facebook page at the following link: http://on.fb.me/L3Vxov
POSTED ON: 03-05-2012
BEST FEBRUARY EVER!: want to thank all of our clients for making this past february the best february we've ever had since we started back in 2005. love was truly in the air - and bank accounts, this valentine's season. cheers!
POSTED ON: 02-28-2012
GREEN LIGHT: it's official! very excited to announce one of our upcoming commercial projects is officially a GO! we're doing the new Pi Pizzeria (www.restaurantpi.com)! it's opening downtown in late spring in a 4,000 square foot space inside the mercantile exchange building. we designed and are fabricating all the dining tables (25), two 8' foot long community tables, and four benches. everything will be made out of st. louis-harvested and fsc-certified natural walnut wood, and made by us, right here in st. louis. stay tuned for project process photos and video on one of the most exciting projects we've ever had.
POSTED ON: 02-17-2012
RE-CYCLE: what has now become a weekly event since summer 2010, i take our two recycling bins located on the west side of our SHOWROOM to one of the city recycling centers. we put these bins there for folks in the immediate vicinity to drop off their glass and plastic bottles and steel cans. they fill up every week, despite the fact we now have single stream recycling containers down every back alley in the city. every day, people in the neighborhood can still be seen walking down the street to drop their recycling in our bins. i think it's now more about a statement people in the neighborhood are trying to make, and a very good one. good stuff Benton Park West. to view larger photos simply click on the images below.
POSTED ON: 02-14-2012
PROJECT / BROWN SHOE CO.: always nice to see our work out in the world. we fabricated and co-designed the store display items for BROWN SHOE CO.'s environmentally friendly women's shoe line Naya® (www.nayashoes.com). we made hundreds of pieces — shoe risers and sign holders, out of solid bamboo and finished with a whey-protein based non-toxic topcoat finish, and even had a custom iron brand made to burn all the logos into the pieces. these pieces were sent to stores all over the country including all the Naturalizer stores like the one at the Saint Louis Galleria in Brentwood where we took these photographs. for more photos of the project check out our "portfolio" under the "woodshop" section. to view larger photos simply click on the images below.
POSTED ON: 02-11-2012
AMERICAN ELM: i absolutely love heading over to see Scott to get our st. louis-harvested lumber. we have Scott mill and kiln any logs gotten from our client's properties that they want us to make their custom furniture with or use in the fabrication of their Greenhaus Cabinets® (www.greenhauscabinets.com). Scott has a bounty of wood knowledge and i just soak it all up. a super nice dude and a blessing to have. on this day i went over to pick up a few board feet of silver maple for a project, but then Scott — bless his heart, showed be some american elm he had all planed up and ready to rock. i told him i had never worked with american elm before so he hipped me to all the properties and what it would be like to work with. suffice to say, i ended up purchasing much more than just the silver maple. it was my complete honor to have purchased my very first board of american elm from Scott, harvested, milled and kilned right here in st. louis. to view larger photos simply click on the images below.
POSTED ON: 01-26-2012
@WOODSHOP: Justin and Jermain going over details this morning on one of the projects currently in the shop for our Greenhaus Cabinets® (www.greenhauscabinets.com). in the background is a bunch of Purebond® natural walnut, formaldehyde-free, veneer core hardwood plywood cabinet parts just cut out on the CNC for a client in the shaw neighborhood (south st. louis). to view larger photos simply click on the images below.
POSTED ON: 01-21-2012
NEW FURNITURE LINE: we are pleased to announce the coming launch of a new furniture line by MWANZI CO. owner and wood craftsman Jermain Todd, and well known stl-based artist Cbabi Bayoc. the furniture line is called if, an acronym for "illustrative furniture". the website address is www.if-furniture.com and will officially launch in early february, but you can go there now to read our blog updates and see where things are at!
POSTED ON: 01-14-2012
200 PROJECTS. were excited to announce that on december 21, 2011 we completed Greenhaus Cabinets® project № 200. we launched Greenhaus Cabinets® (www.greenhauscabinets.com) on august 24, 2009 because we wanted to create a brand that made a difference. thanks to our clients we have. here's to 200 more. cheers!
POSTED ON: 01-03-2012
12 FOOT ST. LOUIS HARVESTED SOLID WALNUT CONFERENCE TABLE: it's walnut season - big walnut season! this solid walnut table is 12' L x 4' W and we currently have two other tables the exact same size - for different clients, in the WOODSHOP. with those and the other projects currently in the shop, we simply ran out of space. the backyard of our SHOWROOM looked really good so that's where we set up shop. gitrdone!. to view larger photos simply click on the images below.
POSTED ON: 12-31-2011
A HAPPY NEW YEAR MESSAGE: we want to wish you a happy, healthy, peaceful and successful 2012. another year almost up and we're open to all the new year has for us. when we started back in 2005, we made the hard decision to provide ONLY eco-friendly interior finishes and furnishings. in the Midwest selling only green product offerings is a huge challenge in and of itself. at MWANZI CO., we do things different. we purposefully go against the grain. it's not just about selling stuff. always has been and always will be. so, we want to thank all that have decided to accept us and what we offer by deciding to "like" us on facebook or follow us twitter, and especially, by being our clients, friends, and business partners. against all current economic odds, trends, and obstacles, you've enabled us to realize sustained growth and profit throughout this entire year, especially through our Greenhaus Cabinets® (www.greenhauscabinets.com), custom furniture, and our Goodbord™ (www.goodbord.com) hardwood flooring offerings, as we continue to steer towards our happy medium of not-too-small/not-too-big business stance, consciously re-funneling the money you spend with us back into our local economy. lots of exciting projects already on the boards for 2012, including one that will be the most exciting and largest we've ever had and the launch of our new furniture line PALIT® (www.palitSTL.com). stay tuned. cheers!
POSTED ON: 12-14-2011
OUR NEW FURNITURE LINE: our new furniture line is called PALIT®. it launches 01.2012 and the website address is www.palitSTL.com. check it out! it's a semi-custom furniture line made out of wood reclaimed from shipping pallets that we find around st. louis alleys and other locations in the area, meaning the wood used in the furniture will be diverted from landfill!
POSTED ON: 12-05-2011
NEW COMMERCIAL PROJECT IN THE LOOP - it's now official. we will be fabricating all the tables, as well as supplying and installing the wood flooring in a new restaurant opening in the Loop called NICO. it's in the former Brandt's space at 6525 Delmar. the restaurant is designed and renovated by SPACE Architecture + Design. we're making the table tops out of St. Louis area harvested wood and using American made steel for the base. the flooring is an FSC-certified engineered wood floor. it's going to look awesome!
POSTED ON: 11-28-2011
PRODUCT INFO: Kährs® - available at MWANZI CO., is the first flooring brand to offer dual-labeled flooring that meets both FSC and Fairtrade certification standards through a cooperative pilot project. click on the following link to download the press release. http://bit.ly/spG9Ma
POSTED ON: 11-09-2011
LEED PLATINUM PROJECT: so awesome. got word today that the SHETH RESIDENCE - a project we were part of last year in Tower Grove South, officially earned LEED™ PLATINUM status! we supplied our Greenhaus Cabinets®, Grass Elements® bamboo flooring, Cambria® quartz countertops and Ergon® Green Tech porcelain tile in the home. this is a historical achievement! the builder on this project was Blue Brick Renovation + Construction (bluebrickconstruction.com) and consulting from EcoUrban Development (ecourbanhomes.com). for more information about this project click on the "feature project" section of our website and click the right arrow until you get to the
"July 2011" feature project.
POSTED ON: 11-01-2011
@WOODSHOP: owner Jermain Todd ripping some no-added urea formaldehyde, FSC-certified PureBond® birch hardwood plywood. he's making a credenza for an exclusive collaboration and furniture line with local painter/artist Cbabi Bayoc (cbabibayoc.com) coming soon. stay tuned. to view larger photos simply click on the images below.
POSTED ON: 10-25-2011
FEATURE PROJECT: we received these photos the other day from a client in Mountain View, CA who purchased our Greenhaus Cabinets® (greenhauscabinets.com) in natural maple wood this past summer for her mid-century modern styled home built in 1972 by famous builder Joseph Eichler. Eichler was a mid-century real estate developer who built affordable, modern homes for the masses. to view larger photos simply click on the images below.
POSTED ON: 10-22-2011
our FeRRUM™ furniture line (ferrumfurniture.com) - designed and made by us right here in St. Louis, will soon be available at Design Studio Furniture in Chicago. stay tuned.
POSTED ON: 10-14-2011
it seems like the tables we built for Sweet Art From Scratch Bakery (sweetartstl.com) are becoming famous. we're humbled and appreciate the countless amount of great feedback we've received. well, we're going to be making two benches for, and to match the two large community tables really soon, so stay tuned and keep supporting the best local bake shop in St. Louis!
POSTED ON: 09-23-2011
PHOTO SHOOT: we're about to add the "bey barchair" to the fold in October 2011. available in raw steel (shown), stainless steel, or red. welds are available exposed (shown) or grinded down. several sustainably harvested and/or local hardwoods and reclaimed barnwoods to choose from. it will retail at $400. to view larger photos simply click on the images below.
POSTED ON: 09-18-2011
PRODUCT INFO: our prefinished Missouri Hardwood Products® flooring is becoming a popular item amongst our clients over the last few months. it's a very high quality, unfinished and prefinished wood flooring line, milled in Brighton, MO from Missouri grown trees. the price points are great! visit the website at www.missourihardwoodproducts.com for more info.!
POSTED ON: 09-18-2011
PROJECT / 4 Hands Brewing Company : [ week one ] things are in full swing for our latest commercial project and we're loving every minute of it. i'm a major beer nerd/aficiandao so this is actually a dream gig for me. it's been an absolute pleasure working with 4 Hands Brewing Company (4handsbrewery.com) owners Kevin Lemp and Will Johnston to bring their vision for their brewery taste room to reality, without compromising on environmental sensibilities and quality, and keeping it within budget. this project consists of making a massive 12'x4' community table by repurposing the building's original dock door for the top. we're also fabricating bar chairs, bar tables, and benches out of recycled, american-made steel, and 100-year-old barnwood from a missouri barn. it's essentially a custom line of furniture from our very own FeRRUM™ (ferrumfurniture.com) furniture line. below you will find play-by-play photos of week one of the project. to view larger photos simply click on the images below.
POSTED ON: 09-17-2011
PROJECT UPDATE / Atomicdust : so we're just about finished making the custom Greenhaus Cabinets® LUX collection (greenhauscabinets.com) cabinetry for graphic design and marketing services firm Atomicdust (atomicdust.com). and i think we're going to have the GreenGuard™ certified, designer cork floor panels from Wicanders® delivered in two weeks. to view larger photos simply click on the images below.
POSTED ON: 09-11-2011
9/11: our thoughts go out to all who were touched by the 9/11 tragedy. we will remember and honor you forever!
POSTED ON: 09-06-2011
MADE IN AMERICA: President Barack Obama presented his $447 billion dollar jobs plan to a joint session of Congress tonight in the nation's capitol. In his speech he spoke about several important matters facing our country but the following statement is what stuck with me the most:
"I want to see more products sold around the world stamped with three proud words: 'Made in America.'" — President Barack Obama
At Mwanzi CO., that statement hits right at the core of what we're about and we hope that if you watched the president's speech tonight you were inspired to think about the purchases you make. The next time you're in the market for a car, children's toys, a dining table, a dishwasher, cabinetry, clothing, flooring, a computer, etc., and there are quality options made/manufactured right here in America, that you would buy American!
POSTED ON: 09-06-2011
LOWER PRICING: check out the reduced prices in our FeRRUM™ (ferrumfurniture.com) furniture collection. we've fine tuned our manufacturing and design process to bring costs down again. we're now among the lowest prices you'll find for steel + wood furniture. thank you to those that have purchased from our collection. your response has been amazing, and it's your purchases that have allowed us to make the investments necessary to reduce costs. cheers!
POSTED ON: 09-04-2011
PROJECT / Atomicdust : one of our new and notable commercial projects in the St. Louis area is for graphic design and marketing services firm Atomicdust (atomicdust.com). they are moving into a new space currently under renovation in Midtown Alley. Mike Spakowski, principal and creative director at the firm recently told me, "i still can't believe this will be our new space. we're use to being in just a box with white walls." well, that's about to change. we're supplying our Greenhaus Cabinets® LUX collection (greenhauscabinets.com) with several custom modifications and in one of the coolest wood grain styles you'll ever see. we're also loading them up with some GreenGuard™ certified, designer cork floor panels from Wicanders® 8 thee highest quality brand of cork flooring on the planet. we snapped some photos the other day doing a walk through with developer Jassen Johnson, and a few more back at the woodshop during various stages of the cabinetry fabrication. i believe the new office is scheduled to be fully occupied some time this month. to view larger photos simply click on the images below.
POSTED ON: 09-03-2011
PROJECT: as it turns out, we really don't do a lot of commercial projects. the vast majority of our projects are residential, but lately we've been fortunate to have a string of really cool commercial clients. most recently, we got the green light on the 4 Hands Brewing Company (4handsbrewery.com) project in downtown St. Louis. we're designing and fabricating bar stools and bar tables, benches, and a 12 foot x 5 foot community table, plus we're doing a custom build out for their taste room. it's really cool because we're using recycled steel tubing for the bases/frames, and locally (Missouri) reclaimed 100 year old barnwood for the bar table tops, bench seats, and bar stool seat and back rest. the community table top will be made out of the building's original warehouse dock door. stay tuned for more info, photos and video of this exciting new project!
POSTED ON: 08-27-2011
PRESSE: check out this awesome article about our recent project for 10denza (10denza.com) - the Central West End’s newest boutique fashion and lifestyle store in the St. Louis Business Journal. http://bit.ly/pCRtSX
POSTED ON: 08-25-2011
COMING SOON: we're putting together a BUILDER GRADE collection for our Greenhaus Cabinets® ( greenhauscabinets.com ) in an effort to meet the price points of clients working with a tight budget and willing to do w/o several of the bells n' whistles and construction features available in our standard collections. however, we won't compromise on our environmental and health responsibilities! we anticipate a reduction in cost by 35%. stay tuned.
POSTED ON: 08-17-2011
PROJECT / 10denza : stopped by 10denza (10denza.com) yesterday to drop off a few things and check on the store's progress. looks awesome! the "shoe wall" cabinets, cash wrap, modular storage units and dj booth top we fabricated and installed look sweet. and the steel work by space architects (spacestl.com) is killer. we'll be back in on friday to do some additional work on the shoe wall cabinets. the owner (chris), along with blair (space architects) want to run the cabinets all the way to the ceiling. that shoe wall is going from massive to epic. wait till you see it and the rest of the space in person. opens in a week or two so make sure you stop by and get some amazing gear. pictured below is 10DENZA owner chris lanter and i. to view larger photos simply click on the images below.