Gallery: Furniture Designer John Ford Reuses Scrap Wood to Make Modern ...

When California furniture designer John Ford is finished making one of his striking SK Tables or sleek WB Chairs, he is often left with scraps of high-quality FSC-certified lumber. Instead of discarding this extra material, he has come up with a simple yet ingenious design for an elegant, modern table lamp. Ford is accustomed to making small quantity, high-end pieces out of his L.A. workshop, but the Mill Lamp will be one of his first small object designs to date. The lamp is a departure from the high-end custom furniture Ford is accustomed to making, and it's a product that could have broad appeal.

Photo credit: Juhn Kwon

The Mill Lamp  is constructed by dovetail-joining four pieces of scrap wood together, which are then turned on a lathe and sanded down to create a round form. The grain direction with the dovetail joints creates a kind of “woven” texture to the wood that changes as you walk around it or look at it from different angles. Ford explains, “I didn’t want the dovetail joint to be the focus, but more the overall random patterns that it creates while keeping it strong.” The lamp is then finished with a non-toxic, hand rubbed danish oil. Ford’s shop thoroughly examines each piece before being packed in drop-proof, environmentally-friendly shipping materials.

Through his Kickstarter page, he hopes to raise enough funds to make the first production run of the Mill Lamp a success, offering a high-end design to the market at a competitive price. In addition to the lamp, Ford is offering other items for your support, including a pen/pencil holder and a shot glass set and case — all byproducts of the lamp’s construction.

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