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West of Noble fashions storied furniture out of refurbished materials

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West of Noble fashions storied furniture out of refurbished materials by Tafline Laylin

West of Noble is a one-man design show in Brooklyn run by Greg Mitchell. We think his website says a lot about his work: there are two tabs -- portfolio and contact. No about page, no long eulogies about his philosophy. Instead, his craftsmanship speaks for itself. With names like Shokunin Table, Castaneda Chair and L'Homage Bicyclette, West of Noble pieces are born from a vast reservoir of imagination combined with exceptional skill.

Timber features prominently in West of Noble's work. Sometimes it is reclaimed--like The Stowaway, a beautiful chest of draws fashioned out of reclaimed hemlock and finished with hot rolled steel legs and an old leather top. It is roughhewn but elegant. With L'Homage Bicylette, a bench, Mitchell not only repurposes the white oak seat, but also rescues bicycle frames headed for the bicycle graveyard.

Mitchell graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Building Construction and soon developed a flair for crafting utilitarian pieces, but that doesn't mean they don't have a story. Take the Castaneda Chair modeled after chairs made during 20th century Denmark, "the golden age of things to sit on," according to Mitchell. This is a classic piece designed to last with pinned mortise and tenon joinery. There are several other pieces worth noting, but we won't ruin the surprise. Learn more about this and other designers this weekend during the BKLYN Designs furniture festival. And remember to give the Inhabitat team a shout.

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