The story behind 16th Workshop is a culmination of great components; exquisitely crafted woodworking, locally sourced woods, a small home based workshop in the center of Seattle and husband and wife team each accomplished architects, who together turned to collaborate on designing and building very special furniture pieces.
Chris Ames and Sharon Khosla bring their individual experiences together to realize a common design value; Chris’s childhood experiences of the great outdoors, his knowledge of trees and early training in woodworking combine with Sharon’s background in art and design as well as her connection to her Indian heritage. Their backgrounds in architecture are the foundation for their unique point of view on modernism.
In the couples own words “ the work attempts to balance modernism and craft in an effort to harness the best of both worlds; function, quite line and composition on the one hand and impeccably hand – crafted, durable joinery and warmth on the other”.
The chest of drawers-low was originally conceived as a bureau but can easily serve as a credenza or sideboard. Shown here with bookmatched Western Walnut boards continuous from side to top to side again. Features include: hand-cut dovetails at upper corners with mitered front corners, waxed hardwood drawer guides, and turned legs.
All furniture is made from locally salvaged logs. Choices like: Oregon Ash, Oregon White Oak, Western Walnut, Myrtle, are available. Each furniture piece is custom made by Chris. Seeing the furniture in person you certainly get the very strong sense that these pieces are the products of a thoughtful connection between the chosen material, the designer and maker.
It is always inspiring to see a piece of beautiful handcrafted woodworking. The smoothness of seamless joinery, the texture of carefully finished wood, the subtle curved edge of a chair. There is a sense of presence to a piece when woodwork is so well done.
16th Workshop exemplifies the best in beautifully designed, skillfully produced handmade furniture.
The thai table is made of salvaged red and oregon white oak. A hand shaved spindle shelf below allows easy storage at dinner time. The table base is assembled using only joined elements with no screws or bolts.
The batto chair is an all wood chair that can be used as a dining, task or side chair. It was originally designed with our thai table in mind but it is simple enough to partner with others as well. The chair is assembled only using joined elements, there are no screws or bolts. Features include: shaped seat & back, wedged through tenons, through dovetails.
Visit 16th Workshop at ICFF International Contemporary Furniture Fair,
New York City, May 14-17, 2011 booth 1043 www.icff.com
353 16th Ave Seattle, WA 98122