'Urban Organic Furniture'
That is the descriptive tagline used by furniture designer John Houshmand for his company, JOHNHOUSHMAND of New York City.
When you look at a piece of furniture from the showroom of JOHNHOUSHMAND, there is no doubt that what you are looking at used to be a tree. The rough edges of the bark are still there. Wormholes celebrate the tree's life and its reaction to its environment. Finishes have been selected to protect the slab's natural beauty. And designer John Houshmand often uses glass legs for pieces like tables, so that the eye is not distracted from the elegance of the slab of wood used for the top.
Matt King, production supervisor, says currently the company outsources the kiln drying operation, but that there are plans to purchase a vacuum kiln. Further down the road, they might build their own solar kiln, he adds. "A solar kiln would be particularly useful for slowly drying some of our large, irregularly shaped pieces," he says.
The company has received a lot of recognition for its work. In 2005, it created a table made of spalted maple with steel legs for the United States Pavilion at the World Expo in Alchi, Japan. Eunice Kim, the company's marketing director, is responsible for public relations, marketing and business development. To her credit, there is an extensive lineup of articles about the company that have appeared in national magazines.
John Houshmand brings a varied and interesting background to this endeavor. He was trained in art history at Yale. He has explored professional photography and ceramics. He has produced and recorded a series of eclectic jazz albums playing guitar, bass and percussion. When he returned to New York in 1980, Houshmand became involved in the construction industry, co-partnering in Clark Construction. Fikri says Houshmand brings all aspects of his background to his young company, including his love of nature.
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