A Tree Gets Repurposed In Brooklyn

How a group of childhood friends from Minnesota are turning unloved, discarded wood into gorgeous new designs.

Ellis Isenberg, Alexander Bender, Sam Welch, Tim Knight, and Graham Steffen in the Tri-Lox workshop.

Over the last few decades, Brooklyn as a “brand” has become shorthand for young, creative, and talented. One design group that’s managed to stand out in this landscape already saturated with innovative ideas and individuals is Greenpoint’s Tri-Lox studio and millworks. Known in both the fabrication and fine art communities for turning discarded resources—like wood from old barns and demolished buildings—into stunning, handmade designs, their diverse client base ranges from art museums to restaurants to pop stars. One of their most recognizable projects thus far has been a series of interiors for NYC’s fast expanding cult burger joint Shake Shack that, beginning next month, will include a bespoke wood-paneled room for a new London location.

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At a Co-op Fabrication Shop, L.A. Makers Build Furniture and Community

The Knowhow Shop supplies L.A. designers and DIYers with top-of-the-line fabrication equipment and a growing community of knowledgeable experts.

As dedicated DIYers know, sometimes those rusty Fiskars scissors just won’t cut it. Knowhow Shop in Los Angeles's Highland Park is giving makers, designers, and shop enthusiasts a place to experiment with top-of-the-line fabrication equipment like woodworking machines, a newly installed CNC router, and even a laser cutter—without busting their budget.

Besides the hulking machinery, the 1,800-square foot space also supplies its members with readily available expertise. Simply put, education is part of the package. "It's fun to have pros in here building interesting things… but we love teaching people how to make stuff. Honestly, the know-how part is the most fun," says co-owner Kagan Taylor, who spent years building furniture. He operates the shop with two partners, Justin Rice and Joshua Howell, and all three sport beards (hence the facial hair-heavy logo). The trio makes up PopUp Design, an interdisciplinary firm that also makes use of the facilities.

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