Philadelphia–based Peg and Awl was founded by husband and wife design team Margaux and Walter Kent. The company creates products made from old materials, including reclaiming wood from 19th-century floorboards and repurposing found charms into jewelry. The duo is dedicated to creating new from old, maintaining history in each of the products they create.
A best-selling product at the Dwell Store, the Reclaimed Wood Tree Swing instantly exudes a charming, rustic feel. Each of Peg and Awl’s tree swings is made from olde growth pine that was salvaged from 19th-century homes in Philadelphia. Difficult to find now, olde growth pine is characterized by its visible grain, knots, and thickness, making it a durable and sturdy material—once ideal for flooring, and now perfect for a tree swing. The wood seat is finished with a natural tung oil to maintain the rich color. Each side of the swing includes 25 feet of rope, along with hand-drawn diagram instructions for easy installation. Best used on a thick tree branch, the charming swing is the perfect perch for a summer afternoon.
Peg and Awl’s Reclaimed Wood Desk Caddy also utilizes the olde growth pine salvaged from historic Philadelphia homes. The caddy is designed for use in an office as a pen, ruler, and scissors holder, and it can also be utilized in other ways, such as to hold utensils in a kitchen. The simple rectangular shape of the caddy is both unobtrusive and substantial, creating a balanced desktop accessory. Featuring seven hand-carved openings in varied sizes, the versatile caddy blends historic roots with modern function.
Margaux and Walter Kent named the Marlowe Lunch Bag after their friend Katie Marlowe, who was known for giving her husband and children lunch bags that contained handwritten notes or quotations. Made of sustainable and durable wax canvas, the Marlowe bag contains an exterior pouch, designed for putting a handwritten message, following Katie’s tradition. The bag can be wiped clean and maintains the classic look of a paper lunch sack, without ever needing to be thrown away.
Peg and Awl’s products have a timeless quality that is reflected in their materials, design, and the stories behind each product. In their Philadelphia studio, Margaux and Walter Kent create products with new history that inspire conversation and joy.