Gorgeous Glass River Inlays Breathe Life into Sustainably Sourced Wood Furniture

by , 07/13/14
filed under: Art, Design, Gallery, Green Furniture

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From coffee tables to large conference desks, Klassen’s handcrafted furnishings all include a brilliant inlay of blue-green glass. For most of his pieces, the hand-cut glass is used to merge two live-edge slabs together and mimics the appearance of a meandering river. The polished wood set on either side of the glass become the riverbanks, and the natural lines of the grain allude to topographic shapes in the landscape.

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While most of Klassen’s pieces consist of rectilinear edges with a river-like glass inlay, he has also explored other shapes such as his Cedar Lake Table created from the cross section of a Western Red Cedar with a lake-shaped glass sheet set in the center. The supporting legs have a minimalist design are are usually constructed out of powder-coated steel, bronze, or plexiglass.

+ Greg Klassen

Via My Modern Met

Images via Greg Klassen

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  1. Mel Pi December 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Klassen sustainably sourced the wood for the tabletops from the banks of the Nooksack River, which flows below his studio in Washington. Made mostly from salvaged walnut or maple

    Can ANY of you read????
    And boy do I hope you all never use plastic shopping bags, use solar energy only and cycle to work every day!

  2. indichas July 22, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Plastic is a by-product of petroleum(oil) and metal is mined. It takes millions of years to create oil and ore. Which is more damaging to the environment, oil production and mining, or harvesting trees that can regenerate in a few decades? Too many ‘plastic environmentalists’ that think out of their posteriors, instead of with their brains.

  3. Heather Carston July 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    And Paige, you assume. There are many trees that come down of their own accord – who are you to know that these are not of them? Considering the very first para uses the words “reclaimed wood”. You really need to get a grip on reality. These are stunning pieces of art that are designed to last past my lifetime as well as yours and as such leave a lot less impact on an environment than almost all other types of furniture. Such exquisite workmanship doesn’t need comments like yours.

  4. zen4488 July 11, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Clearly the 2 people who previously commented live in plastic houses and have never used paper or a pencil.. get over yourselves! I think these are amazingly beautiful works of art that I could only dream of having the chance to own!

  5. Paige Holliman July 10, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    HOW, exactly, is the designer daring to claim environmental responsibility when using beautiful virgin hardwood? These trees were CUT. This isn’t pallet furniture, or recycled from old construction. I’m sure massive hardwood pieces like that claimed a steep price from both the designer and the forest that lost the tree.

  6. Sakshi Khanna July 10, 2014 at 4:08 am

    You cut sooo many trees for these models and show us beauty? :-( very sad. Completely Dislike.

  7. Deborah Sunshine July 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    There were some very beautiful and old trees cut for this furniture… A western Red cedar…. so sad… i dont buy things make of wood…not environmentally cool :(

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