When it comes to furniture, nothing screams guy louder than wood. Itís rustic, rough, natural, and fits into just about any well-equipped male domicile. Besides, who wouldnít want a piece of furniture handcrafted from an old whisky barrel?
One-man San Francisco-based design atelier (thatís a workshop to you and me), Varian Designs is single-handedly bringing Modern Lumberjack back, crafting singular works of functional art out of reclaimed whisky casks, walnut, and steel. And after seeing some of their work, I think that itís safe to say that founder Forest Dickey knows his way around a woodshop.
The latest collection - Broen from Varian Designs - bridges the gap between manmade and nature-made. And with its architectural lines, it looks just as good at work in the corner office, or at home in the man cave.
The artist is rumored to be designing reclaimed beer hall furniture for the upcoming Green Beer Fest in Arizona this winter. Beer and wood? I submit that it cannot get any better.
But be forewarned: The furniture of Varian Designs isnít for those light in the pocketbook. The Bartizan Desk will run you just shy of $10,000... and the more bargain-conscious Dagda Chair a mere $1,200. So if youíre interested in sporting some high-class wood, head on over to www.variandesigns.com
to check out the entire collection.