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Three local designers reincarnate old objects and materials to make high-end furniture


Alex Devereaux & Dan Herbst:
San Diego Urban Timber

The guys behind Urban Timber find local eucalyptus and other wood on Craigslist, through personal contacts and sometimes by the side of the 52 freeway. They mix hardwood (75- to 500-year-old trees), steel and accents of reclaimed wood to create their rustic but modern-design coffee tables, chairs and platters. “It just makes sense to buy things made locally from local trees,” says Dan Herbst. “Our selling point is that our wood is all local.”

922 Industrial Boulevard
Chula Vista

Gustav Anders Rooth: Barrelly Made It
Rooth holds the patent on transforming wine and bourbon barrels into chairs. In his 100-year-old house and gallery space, Planet Rooth Design Haus in Hillcrest, Rooth is changing the way people look at furniture. “I don’t want to appeal to the masses,” he says. “I want collectors who appreciate art, food and friends.” The price tag on one of these Adirondack-style pieces is $985 (or more, for custom designs), but each one is made to order, manufactured by hand and is just as comfortable as it is beautiful.

3334 Fifth Avenue

Jamie Huffman: Surface Furniture
At the Glashaus in Barrio Logan, Huffman creates ultra-modern, minimalist-style furniture, using repurposed wood and steel that is 95 percent recycled. “My pieces are ultimately inspired by my customer,” he says. “I’m looking to create things that will last — heirlooms.” He also does limited production work "to keep the designs fresh.”

1815 Main Street



Fixtures Living: A New Kind of Shopping Experience

At Fixtures Living, a boutique-style home store, you can try before you buy. Every Friday is “Fixtures Friday.” From 12:30 to 2:30, chef Bridget Boechon will cook your favorite foods in one of the store’s fully active display kitchens. If you like pizza, have her throw a pie into one of the Woodstone ovens. Is the result worth the $19,000 price tag? You be the judge. Want to test one of the steam/shower combos with “chromatherapy” and rain showerheads? Bring your bathing suit; the faucets and showerheads are plumbed. Fixtures even allows you to do laundry while you shop. Throw in your 600-count sheets and see how they come out. Just for kicks, check out the $18,000 AGA handmade oven invented by a blind physicist — it’s the only one of its kind in SoCal. 9340 Dowdy Drive, Suite 102, fixturesliving.com.

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