These two walnut burl end tables just settled in their new home today. It's "cool to be square" when you're an end table! The lamps compliment the tables nicely, highlighting the beautiful shades of brown and swirling figure.
We just completed a pair of Alder end-tables with a distressed finish. Did you know a distressed finish is a technique that is used to give new furniture an aged appearance? It's a classic look for cabinets, antiques and collectables. The Alder wood used for these cabinets is a softer wood, with a simple straight grain look. As you can see, it handles stress quite beautifully.
This past weekend Woodleaf Studios hosted Snap Pea Underground's January pop-up dinner. It was definitely a fun and unique experience we will always remember. To see the workshop transform into a large dining room was surreal! The atmosphere was cozy yet industrial with intimate low lighting in the shop. As people arrived they had the opportunity to admire the pieces in the showroom. All of us here at Woodleaf would like to thank Jacob and his Snap Pea crew for doing such an amazing job. Each dish of the 9 course dinner was inspired by furniture Woodleaf has made over the years. It was clear that Jacob put a lot of thought and love into each plate he set out in front of the guests. The pop-up dinner was a three night event feeding around 56 guests each night. It was a great opportunity to meet people from the entire Triangle area. We loved every minute of it. We are passionate about what we do here at Woodleaf, and it married so well with Jacob's passion for what he does with his cuisine and how he presents it. Sharing ideas brings so much inspiration into ones life, and Snap Pea now holds a special place in Woodleaf Studios' heart.
Let's face it, we spend a lot of time in our life working. For many of us that means we sit at a desk for a large part of every week. So, it's important to love the place you work! Woodleaf Studios designs custom desks for clients who want just that, to love where they work. Today, we delivered another desk with custom made stainless steel legs. The Indian rosewood has beautiful, subtle color changes that accentuate the figure of the wood. The hidden drawers allow the desk to maintain a clean and simple look. Let us know if we can help you with your custom desk desires!
Another custom dining table is ready to go to our client's home! We love making dining tables, they are the central place where family, friends and loved ones gather to enjoy meals and have many conversations. This table has half circle legs made with a steaming process to bend and mold the wood. The crotch mahogany, starburst veneer top contrasts beautifully with the ebonized finish of the border and legs. If you have any custom needs or questions, Woodleaf would love to help.
Woodleaf Studios recently completed another custom Credenza! The clean lines and bold finish of this walnut credenza were carefully tailored to meet the wishes of the client. The mitered and beveled door frames are surrounded with crisply machined and ebonized walnut dentals. Sequenced book-and-butt walnut burl panels bordered with ebonized bead stock add symmetry and a degree of sophistication to an otherwise fairly simple and clean rectilinear design. The doors operate via touch latch. Do you have a dream credenza that you would like to have crafted into reality? Send us an inquiry, we'd love to brainstorm with you and create your unique piece.
Another happy client on the books today! We recently delivered this custom piece designed as an audio/video cabinet with simple features to show off the beautiful hardwoods that were used. The cabinet has maple aprons that run between the walnut legs supporting the cherry shelves and, for detail, the legs have maple plugs. The open slots in the back panel (bottom photo) are for wire passage. Do you have any custom shelving needs? Woodleaf would love to help!
Walnut legs with Maple plugs
Matthew and his team at Woodleaf just finished building and installing a custom queen-sized platform bed and headboard which included two (ever so popular) floating nightstands. The subtle, light-brown stain on the walnut gives the bed a smooth, chocolatey finish. The hand carved scalloped detail on the headboard adds dimension and shows off Woodleaf's attention to detail. Wouldn't you like for us to help you create something dreamy for your relaxation space? Give us a call or send us an email, consultations are free.
Woodleaf Studios made this table with cypress from the client's grandparent's land outside of Raleigh. It has a clear lacquer finish. Do you have some special wood that you would love to see turned into a family heirloom? We are here to help!
We recently became a Platinum Sponsor for the AID (Alliance of Interior Designers), an interior design community based in the Raleigh Triangle area! What a great and fun opportunity to meet other designers and work with such talented people! Matthew and his craftsmen at Woodleaf look forward to being a valuable asset to the AID community. We can't wait to work with you!
In 2006 we lost a dear friend unexpectedly. And it just so happened that Matthew and his late friend, David Williams, were in the middle of a rather unusual collaboration...to design and build a mosaic table depicting the great cats of the world. Unfinished at the time of Dave's death Matthew wanted to complete the table to honor his friend. Being a professional wildlife artist Dave was brought on board to illustrate the big cats. Matthew designed and orchestrated the project and hired a marquetry artisan to turn Dave's illustrations into wood inlay's for the table. We recently came across photos of the table and wanted to share a sweet memory of a very talented friend. It was a blessing to have known Dave and to have him in our lives for so many years. Dave's incredible drawings of nature will always bring a smile to our faces and warmth to our hearts.
"A friend can never be replaced, but will always be remembered. " - anonymous
We just finished our latest project for a commercial office space. They needed customized adjustable shelving and desks for two of their rooms. Woodleaf fabricated, finished and installed these beautiful, clean, functional and affordable built in desks with heavy duty anodized aluminum brackets. If you have an office space that needs an upgrade Woodleaf can help!
Below are before and after photos of one of the four spaces we transformed.
First Friday was a success! The event was a lot of fun and "Lava Flow" seemed to get some well deserved attention. If you missed coming out last weekend, the VAE will still have this collection of art on display through June. Woodleaf Studios has a beautiful gallery as well if you would like to schedule a time to come to our workspace give us a call at 919-834-2566. We are grateful to be in this community of artists and designers and we look forward to being a part of more events in the future.
In the picture below Matthew (in the hat) is talking with peers about his functional art cabinet "Lava Flow".
Woodleaf is proud to announce that our wall cabinet "Lava Flow" from the "Stump Stories" series has been selected from VAE art call entries for their "Scope '17" exhibit. The reception/opening is on "First Friday" in downtown Raleigh. We would love to see you all there on June 2nd, 2017 from 6-10. Designer and owner of Woodleaf, Matthew Smith, will be there along with other participating artists. Stop on by! The VAE(Visual Art Exchange) address is listed below...
309 E Martin st.
Raleigh NC, 27601
Dimensions of Lava Flow: 13 3/4"w x 58"h x 6 7/16"d
These mirrors were made from our cork collection that we have been building for many years. Upon close inspection you can see that we really like Cabernet Sauvignon. The frames were detailed with stained walnut. There are three still available at our studio.
Inspiration for this table came from a cork collection. The top is persimmon with a live edge. The sturdy base is decorated with corks. It could be used as a coffee table or a bench.
Matthew Smith and Woodleaf Studios love giving back to the arts. In February of this year we donated a wall cabinet "Butterfly" to the VAE's annual fundraiser to support the arts. It was a very fun event and the functional art piece was a big success! We look forward to donating again in the future.
Matthew wanted to embellish our shop entry door. He created the design, painted it on a wooden panel and then attached it to the metal door with magnets. #diy #woodleafstudios #urban #design #geometric
So sometimes the cobblers children do get new shoes! To disprove that old wives tale Matthew designed and built this teak stool for our master bath remodel. This teak darling will be in our new more spacious shower. Having three legs will keep it more stable in the often un level shower environment. We can't wait until the demo starts but the little stool is ready!
A client approached Woodleaf with a concept for their new vanity including a picture below of their basic idea. We interpreted this desire and adapted it to fit their needs.