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April 29, 2011

I recently discovered the work of Chadhaus, a four-year-old Seattle-based company that builds beautiful modern furniture from hardwoods and recycled steel sourced mostly in the Pacific Northwest. Founded by Chad and Emily Robertson, the company combines the couple's backgrounds in art, construction, furniture, and architecture. According to their website, Chadhaus is "part laboratory, part workshop, and part design studio—building furniture and designing spaces for life and activity." Says designer Dinah Dimalanta: "We work at multiple scales and use environmentally responsible materials and techniques. Our team works creatively to reach simple, durable and elegant solutions. Inspired by craft, good design and their capacity to be both sustainable and sustaining, we are excited to have more people learn about Chadhaus and our work." Here's a glimpse at some of their recent work.

The company was excited to spot their Vollen Bench in the April issue of Dwell, in "A New Slant," and posted this image on their website.
The company was excited to spot their Vollen Bench in the April issue of Dwell, in "A New Slant," and posted this image on their website.
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A closer look at the minimal and multifunctional Vollen bench. It can be used as a seat or table, alone or as part of a collection of pieces.
A closer look at the minimal and multifunctional Vollen bench. It can be used as a seat or table, alone or as part of a collection of pieces.
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Like the Vollen bench, the Vollen table is built using shouldered lap joints and solid Pacific Northwest hardwood. Chadhaus designed the table to be a contemporary take on a traditional dining table.
Like the Vollen bench, the Vollen table is built using shouldered lap joints and solid Pacific Northwest hardwood. Chadhaus designed the table to be a contemporary take on a traditional dining table.
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The eye-catching Anchor table is made from solid Oregon walnut and mild steel. Chadhaus sources both wood and steel from the Pacific Northwest, using sustainably harvested Oregon walnut, sycamore, elm, and fir as well as recycled steel manufactured locall
The eye-catching Anchor table is made from solid Oregon walnut and mild steel. Chadhaus sources both wood and steel from the Pacific Northwest, using sustainably harvested Oregon walnut, sycamore, elm, and fir as well as recycled steel manufactured locally in Seattle.
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The Ferro side tables are built using solid wood and bent steel plate. "Their simplicity epitomizes the Chadhaus approach to design and fabrication," says Dimalantya. Pieces in the Ferro line work together as a collection or as individual pieces.
The Ferro side tables are built using solid wood and bent steel plate. "Their simplicity epitomizes the Chadhaus approach to design and fabrication," says Dimalantya. Pieces in the Ferro line work together as a collection or as individual pieces.
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The Chadhaus plane bed showcases the beautiful grain of solid Pacific Northwest walnut in its expansive head and foot boards.
The Chadhaus plane bed showcases the beautiful grain of solid Pacific Northwest walnut in its expansive head and foot boards.
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The 'Farmhouse Modern' sideboard shown here is made from sycamore, heavy gauge stainless steel and white powder-coated steel. The sideboard is also available in other woods and colors such as Oregon walnut with black powder coated steel.
The 'Farmhouse Modern' sideboard shown here is made from sycamore, heavy gauge stainless steel and white powder-coated steel. The sideboard is also available in other woods and colors such as Oregon walnut with black powder coated steel.
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Ideal for small spaces, the Ferro kitchen is a modular and customizable wall-mounted unit, built from powder-coated bent steel plate, heavy gauge stainless steel, and solid wood drawer fronts.
Ideal for small spaces, the Ferro kitchen is a modular and customizable wall-mounted unit, built from powder-coated bent steel plate, heavy gauge stainless steel, and solid wood drawer fronts.
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A personal favorite of mine, and one of the most popular pieces from the line, the Chadhaus Loft Bed is handmade from solid wood (in this case Oregon walnut) with steel details.
A personal favorite of mine, and one of the most popular pieces from the line, the Chadhaus Loft Bed is handmade from solid wood (in this case Oregon walnut) with steel details.
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The simple and spare Loft side table, shown here in walnut, can compliment the Loft bed as a nightstand, or stand on its own.
The simple and spare Loft side table, shown here in walnut, can compliment the Loft bed as a nightstand, or stand on its own.
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Made from local, recycled and reclaimed materials, the Farmhouse Modern kitchen table melds the traditional with the contemporary. The patinated fir table top has 'breadboard ends' (a special kind of joinery method) and sits atop a sleek powder coated ste
Made from local, recycled and reclaimed materials, the Farmhouse Modern kitchen table melds the traditional with the contemporary. The patinated fir table top has 'breadboard ends' (a special kind of joinery method) and sits atop a sleek powder coated steel base.
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The company was excited to spot their Vollen Bench in the April issue of Dwell, in "A New Slant," and posted this image on their website.
The company was excited to spot their Vollen Bench in the April issue of Dwell, in "A New Slant," and posted this image on their website.

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