Noble Goods gets its name from where it all began in 2011 — on Noble Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Christopher Moore and Molly FitzSimons founded the company in the basement of their home with the intention of doing what they love and doing it well. They began experimenting with different forms and materials and eventually created a line that includes handcrafted coasters, side tables, men’s and women’s wristwear, and cheeseboards featuring their signature, appropriately-themed resin inlays for each. FitzSimons and Moore make a great team and are attentive to not only the aesthetics of their products, but also the materials that go into making them.
The duo aims to use only locally salvaged or FSC-certified wood that has been sustainably grown and harvested. Their newest collection of waterfall tables and floating shelves are made from locally salvaged wood with an interesting backstory. The wood was collected from 210 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, where a group of artists and small businesses — collectively known as Monster Island — resided. Unfortunately, building residents were evicted and the site was demolished this spring. Located only half a block away, FitzSimons and Moore watched the process unfold, and they were able to salvage fir beams and joists from the site (with permission). Thus, their latest collection was born.
Among the many collections of sustainable wood furniture on display at BKLYN Designs, Noble Goods’ Wood/Resin collection possessed an extra layer of detail that helped it to stand out from the rest. Using a resin inlay technique whereby liquid resin is poured into solid wood that has been carved, Noble Goods creates a smooth, colorful line that contrasts with the roughness of the surrounding wood. The resin was originally developed by surfers and uses natural materials such as pine oils and vegetable oil components rather than more harmful, petroleum-based chemicals.
The Waterfall Tables come in three sizes: The Console (36H x 72W x 17D), The Cocktail/Bench (17H x 42L x 17D) and The Occasional/Stool (23H x 18W x 17D). And they can be custom ordered to meet personal color and size specifications. Unlike the colorful resin accents in the tables, the Floating Shelves are defined by a muted resin palette and feature eye-catching geometric patterns.
While pursuing their passions, Moore and FitzSimons also remain committed to social causes. 10 percent of Noble Goods’ annual profits are donated to Habitat for Humanity with the hope that those in need around the world will be provided with decent, affordable homes.
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