Watch This California Company Custom "Dye" Their Furniture

Carisha Swanson

From House Beautiful

Not a lot of home furnishings companies are known for being innovative. California-based home store Lawson-Fenning is, shall we say, atypical? They were interested in and working with “makers” before it became a catchphrase adopted by big-box retailers to legitimize a handmade story. They were American-made and Cali-centric by desire. And their continued push towards advancing that laid back West coast style, with designer-worthy pieces, makes them a sought after brand across the country.

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One of their latest innovations is all about color personalization, a process they call pigmented oak. It essentially takes American white oak furniture and allows a color to be applied that still highlights the grain of the wood. The process itself starts with wire brushing the oak, spraying the pigment on and finally adding a sealer to lock in and protect the color. While they offer eleven standard finishes, with great names like Spicy Mustard, Burnt Russet and Monticello Rose, they can custom color any of their pigments. It may not be super obvious which pieces you can do this on, but they are super responsive, so reach out and they'll let you know what your options you have.

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Since they are all about inclusion, some of their newest collaborations include an exclusive, made-to-order, table lamp collection with NY-based company Stone and Sawyer inspired by mid-century ceramic lights. The four custom glazes offered reflect natural earth tones complementing the lamps wood and linen elements.



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For something truly one-of-a-kind, they teamed up with Michele Quan of MQuan Studio, a brand they’d worked with before to create a limited 6 edition table series. Her handmade ceramic art worked as a perfect canvas for their exclusive table line. While this collection was first come, first serve, they can still be special ordered.


Photo credit: Lawson Fenning

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