Installation In Focus: Willow Street

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We wanted the space to be a balance of contrasts, open and airy yet respectful of the rooms expected in townhouse living; modern lines and materials, but respecting the character of the house and neighborhood; natural but polished; unique and creative, yet timeless and universal.
— Damian Zunino, Studio DB
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Transformation In Brooklyn Heights

Well known for its tree-lined streets and well-preserved antebellum townhouses, Brooklyn Heights is one of New York City’s most charming neighborhoods. At the very heart of this historic district is the 1834 brownstone on the corner of Willow and Middagh Street. Originally built in a Greek Revival Style, 15 Willow once belonged to the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor but, in 2016, was transformed into a single-family residence — a transformation that required a nuanced balance of innovation and preservation. The development and design team behind the renovation at 15 Willow Street project was Studio DB, led by the firm’s husband-and-wife principals Damian and Britt Zunino.

Damian explains how, as the team endeavored to modernize the 6,400-square-foot, five-bedroom townhouse, their goal was to create a balance of contrasts. “We wanted the space to be open and airy, yet respectful of the kind of interiors expected in townhouse living, [with] modern lines and materials that honored the historic character of both the house and the neighborhood.”

The choice of flooring was central to the architects’ goal of honoring the past while simultaneously integrating modern lines and materials. “We had a vision of how we wanted the floors to feel, so we reached out to The Hudson Company at the very beginning of the process. There was a specific walnut floor we were looking for — we wanted something that felt natural but still had a lot of character, and we knew The Hudson Company could produce this kind of flooring for us.”

Through close collaboration with the Studio DB team, The Hudson Company custom-milled 3,000 square feet of 5” Walnut plank and 1,000 square feet of 5” Herringbone plank for the project.“The new floors feel light but still raw,” Zunino says. “The finish brings a timeless, polished aesthetic to the house’s interior.”

The installation profile originally appeared in The Hudson Company Journal, Volume 2. Read more or learn how to get your physical copy of The Journal here.

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Inspired By: LAND

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LAND artists and designers Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes.

LAND artists and designers Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes.

LAND: Transcending Style and time

Austin, Texas based design studio LAND is a hard act to categorize.

A team that clearly thrives on rethinking what it means to be a 'designer' in the 21st century, LAND creates a unique body of work in a wide variety of medias - from hand-drawn graphics, to linocut prints, to textiles and metalwork, brand campaigns for both digital and print, and, now, LAND even has their own line of limited-edition clothing.

In their own words, LAND is, "[A] house of art, design and thought: a collaboration between American artists and designers, Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes. Through an exploration of typography, iconography, and arrangement of materials, we demonstrate a way of working that transcends a style or time with regard to the art of communication."

Honesty through Imperfection

What inspires us most about this dynamic design duo is their collaborative process and their strong emphasis on how the imperfections of handmade art can bring an honesty and originality to modern graphic design and branding.

Caleb and Ryan have described art as the main source of their inspiration, with their 'sweet spot' being the process of blurring art with design to bring 'feeling' into each of their projects.  When asked about the difference between 'art' and 'design,' the LAND creatives have developed an answer that is both simple and profound, 'art is selfish, design is accommodating.' 

Reclaiming The Past, Always Moving Forward

In an interview with Urban Outfitters, LAND described their process of looking to the past for inspiration in their work: "Most of the type we create is hand done or inspired by historical typography. From old books and signs to hobo scribbles, type that was created by a hand or a machine just feels better than a more modern, digital font. It's more fun to create something custom, or that feels like it came from a real place before you and I were born and will be here after we're dead."

Past LAND Clients Include: Ace Hotel, Deus Ex Machina, Falcon Motorcycles, Levi's, Monster Children, Nike, Patagonia, Poler, Stag Provisions, West America, Woolrich. You can see a longer list here.

Special thanks to LAND for the use of their imagery. All art and design work is the (C) property of www.workbyland.com. Used here with permission.

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At work in the LAND Studio.  Photo by Chelsea Fullerton  for Urban Outfitters.

At work in the LAND Studio. Photo by Chelsea Fullerton for Urban Outfitters.

At work in the LAND studio, Austin, Texas.  Photo by Bill Sallans.

At work in the LAND studio, Austin, Texas. Photo by Bill Sallans.

At work in the LAND studio, Austin, Texas.  Photo by Bill Sallans.

At work in the LAND studio, Austin, Texas. Photo by Bill Sallans.

Taking a break in the LAND studio, Austin, Texas.  Photo by Bill Sallans.

Taking a break in the LAND studio, Austin, Texas. Photo by Bill Sallans.

Introducing The Hudson Company Journal, Vol 2

Introducing the All New Hudson Company Journal, Volume 2

The new issue of The Hudson Company Journal  celebrates the people, products, and projects at the heart of who we are, goes behind the scenes at our mill in upstate New York, and takes an in-depth look at the best of our design installations, including our floors for the new Whitney Museum of American Art.

The Hudson Company Journal, Vol 2 is a tool to help designers and homeowners envision ways to use custom wood flooring, paneling and beams in your next design project.

Stop by our ManhattanBrooklyn, or Pine Plains Showroom to pick up your copy of The Hudson Company Journal Volume 2.

 

*Read A Digital Version of The Journal Here*

Inspired By: Selina van der Geest of NL-GB

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The Reclaimed Brown Board Paneling we used on the outside of our house immediately adds a sense of history and character.
— Selina van der Geest
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Selina van der Geest of NL-GB, photo by Venetia Dearden

Introducing Selina van der Geest

Interior designer Selina van der Geest moved to New York from London in 2000. Since coming to America, Selina has worked in the art and decorating business and has now opened her own eclectic showroom near Millbrook, NY, 90 miles north of New York City.

After building her own house in Milan, New York, Selina was inundated with requests to add her unique style and organizational skills to projects for private clients. It has been a natural progression to continue the decorating business she started back in England, bringing a relaxed European feeling to her clients’ houses. She believes in working organically, reflecting in her designs and colors, the natural surroundings of the property she is transforming.

Earlier this year, we sat down with Selina to discuss her work.

Tell us a bit about how your time training in Europe prepared you for the work you do today?

Well, I studied history and art history which gave me a great background for my work in interior design.  I was lucky to combine both fields working for Colnaghi, the old master art gallery in London, designing stands and galleries as well as working with important art works. It was there that I learned woodworking and curtain making, thus giving me a very hands on approach to my work. The European aesthetic is different and has certainly continues to influence my work here in the States.

How did you choose Upstate, New York as the base for your home and business?  

My husband, who is Dutch, bought a house Upstate in 1983, when he first came to America.  I moved to New York from London in 2000 and since I share his love for the area, we purchased land in 2002 and decided to build a house. As soon as we finished the house, I was asked to help with other projects and so my work Upstate evolved.

what is the red thread that connects all of your design interests?

I am very inspired by nature and the environment around me, whether Upstate or on my travels. I often  incorporate natural elements into my designs.  Bottom line, I strive to create original homes and furniture for my clients and that's what drives me creatively.

What can you tell us about the design process for your own home in Milan, NY?

Before even buying the land, we bought an early 17th Century Louis XIII mantle in Bordeaux, France when we were there for a wedding.  Then, we designed the house around this and a pair of antique Chinese doors.  Coming from homes built of stone in England, I wanted to achieve the same sense of history and character in our new home Milan.

The Reclaimed Brown Board Paneling we used on the outside of our house, immediately adds a sense of history and character.  I stained the cut edge of all the batons, so we didn’t have fresh cuts showing.  It also has the advantage of requiring less maintenance.

Inside we have a large open room featuring Reclaimed Hudson Company Beams, which, along with the Bordeaux mantlepiece, give a very European character to the house.  On the floors we used wide white oak boards, which we left untreated so they could develop a patina over time.  The result is a home which feels very settled, relaxed and natural.

What were some of the key design goals for your new home?

We love cooking so wanted to have a big open space that would allow us to cook while also enjoying the fire and the living area.  You enter through a mudroom with the large Chinese doors creating a welcoming opening into the great room and a view through the French doors to the pool beyond. We often have our family and guests staying and having separate bedroom wings and a guest apartment help to give us all space, but a wonderful place to congregate.

We built the house in seven months and it was certainly an advantage to be on site daily. I spent many days shoveling snow or helping the framer when someone didn’t show up and nothing was delayed waiting for decisions.  I also insist on a clean and tidy job site, believing that a messy environment encourages sloppy work.

What's next for Selina van der Geest?

I am working on a new house being built in Sharon, CT for a client whose apartment I designed in the city. We’re combining a traditional stone farmhouse with painted barn buildings, a stone potting shed and an English green house. The goal is for the house to feel as if it’s been there for hundreds of years and has evolved over time.  Likewise, my goal is for the interior is to feel as if it’s been collected over the years, with interesting accents, textures and natural colors.

Lastly, how would you describe your experience working with The Hudson Company?

The Hudson Company have a wonderful selection of materials and a great aesthetic. From the sampling process to selection, they have listened and understood what we are after. Whether its a small order of individual planks and beams or a bigger order of  pre-finished wood floors, The Hudson Company has  always provided us with quality, professional services.

Visit NLGB.com to learn more about Selina's work.

Learn more about Reclaimed Hand Hewn Beams here and Reclaimed Brown Board Paneling here.

Below is a sampling of more interiors by Selina, with photos by Jane Beiles for The New York Times.

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The Hudson Company have a wonderful selection of materials and a great aesthetic. From the sampling process to selection, they have listened and understood what we are after.
— selina van der geest
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The Hudson Co. Featured on Architizer.com

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The Hudson Company on Architizer.com

Thanks to Sydney Franklin and the entire team at Architizer.com for featuring us on their site this month. Their profile of The Hudson Company - Good Wood: The Epic Journey of Reclaimed Timber Flooring is a fantastic overview of the people, products, and process that make The Hudson Company who we are.

Here's an excerpt:

"With a few exceptions, no single architectural project is entirely made of building-products sourced from the same place. It takes a village of manufacturers — all working in conjunction with architects, engineers and contractors — to compose a proper shelter for us to inhabit. Everything from the exterior cladding and the roof to the window hinges and the kitchen countertops are hand-selected from around the world and chosen for their performance and aesthetic quality. The same goes for something as seemingly simple as flooring: As an interior structural element that heavily contributes to the experiential qualities of a space, it’s imperative that architects choose the most appropriate material to go beneath our feet.

This is where wood comes in. We all know what bad wood flooring looks like, but truly great wood flooring is an instant turn-on. It’s sexy. It’s clean. It has a level of depth and texture that fake wood flooring, ceramic tiles and even concrete can’t inherently produce. It’s all-natural and cuts to our core. Each individual plank features a distinct pattern and porosity that can’t be precisely reproduced in the plank next to it."

Read the full story here. 

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Join Us In Pine Plains, Aug 16-19

 
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FEATURED Clearance Inventory

Click to see the detailed list of all clearance inventory product specs. - including cut, milling details, grade,  dimensions, lengths, and prices. This master inventory  list and all specs will be updated daily throughout the clearance sales event.


I. RECLAIMED BEAMS & JOISTS

Reclaimed Decking @ $ 1.00
Reclaimed Mixed Hardwoods @ $ 2.50
Reclaimed Mixed Softwoods @ $ 2.50
Reclaimed Mixed Hardwoods @ $ 4.00
Reclaimed Oak, Original Face @ $ 4.00
Reclaimed Softwood Threshing @ $ 4.00
Reclaimed Tropical Hardwoods Wood @ $ 1.00
Reclaimed Teak @ $ 12.00

*Click to see the detailed list of beam & joist specs. - including cut, milling details, grade,  dimensions, lengths, and prices.

II. NON RECLAIMED FLOORING

Cherry @ $ 2.50
Easter White Pine @ $ 5.00
Walnut, Rough Sawn @ $ 5.00
Walnut, New Face @ $ 7.50
White Oak, Quarter Sawn 2" @ $ 5.00
White Oak, Quarter Sawn 2.25" @ $ 5.00
White Oak, Quarter Sawn 2 7/8" @ $ 5.00
White Oak, Quarter Sawn 5" @ $ 7.50
White Oak, Quarter Sawn 5" (Character Grade) @ $ 7.50
White Oak, Quarter Sawn, Fumed  6" @ $ 7.50
White Oak, Flat Sawn 3" @ $ 5.00
White Oak, Flat Sawn 4" @ $ 5.00
White Oak, Flat Sawn 7" @ $ 5.00
White Oak, Flat Sawn 8" @ $ 7.50
White Oak, Band  Sawn 3" @ $ 5.00

*Click to see the detailed list of non reclaimed flooring specs. - including cut, milling details, grade,  dimensions, lengths, and prices.

III. PRE FINISHED FLOORING

Barley (White Oak, Quarter Sawn) @ $ 7.00
Capella (White Oak, Quarter Sawn) @ $ 7.50
Princeton (Red Oak, Thermally Modified) @ $ 10.00
Reclaimed Mixed Oak, Tung Oil @ $ 7.50
Stout (Red Oak, Thermally Modified) @ $ 5.00
Tivoli @ $ 12.50
Travaux, Factory Maple @ $ 5.00
Willow @ $ 9.00

*Click to see the detailed list of pre finished flooring specs. - including cut, milling details, grade,  dimensions, lengths, and prices.

IV. RECLAIMED ENGINEERED FLOORING

Reclaimed Heart Pine 5" @ $ 7.50
Reclaimed Heart Pine 11" @ $ 7.50
Reclaimed White  Oak 3.5" (T&G) @ $ 5.00
Reclaimed White Oak 4" (T&G) @ $ 7.50
Reclaimed White Oak 4" (T&G, Micro Beveled) @ $ 7.50
Reclaimed White Oak 5/8" x 4" (T&G, Micro Beveled) @ $ 7.50
Reclaimed White Oak (T&G) 8" @ $ 5.00

*Click to see the detailed list of reclaimed engineered flooring specs. - including cut, milling details, grade,  dimensions, lengths, and prices.

V. RECLAIMED FLOORING

Reclaimed Heart Pine 3" @ $ 5.00
Reclaimed Heart Pine 3" (Heavy Character) @ $ 5.00
Reclaimed Heart Pine 4" @ $ 5.00
Reclaimed Heart Pine 5" @ $ 5.00
Reclaimed Heart Pine 5" (Heavy Character) @ $ 5.00
Reclaimed Heart Pine 5" (Vertical Grain) @ $ 7.50
Reclaimed Heart Pine 6" @ $ 7.50
Reclaimed Heart Pine 6" (Original Face) @ $ 10.00
Reclaimed Heart Pine 7" @ $ 7.50
Reclaimed Heart Pine 7/8" x 8.5" @ $ 10.00
Reclaimed Heart Pine 10" @ $ 10.00
Reclaimed Heart Pine 10" (Skip Planed) @ $ 7.50
Reclaimed Heart Pine (1" x 2.5" Decking) @ $ 2.50
Reclaimed Heart Pine (1" x 3" Decking) @ $ 2.50
Reclaimed Maple, Original Face @ $ 2.00
Reclaimed Maple, Planned @ $ 2.00
Reclaimed Mixed Oak (3.5") @ $ 5.00
Reclaimed Mixed Oak (4") @ $ 5.00
Reclaimed Mixed Oak (4.5") @ $ 5.00
Reclaimed Mixed Oak (5") @ $ 5.00
Reclaimed Mixed Oak (7/8" x 3") @ $ 10.00
Reclaimed Mixed Oak (7/8" x 4") @ $ 10.00
Reclaimed  Red Oak (4") @ $ 5.00
Reclaimed White Oak (3.5") @ $ 5.00
Reclaimed White Oak (4.5") @ $ 7.50
Reclaimed White Oak (6") @ $ 5.00
Reclaimed White Oak (5/8" x 4") @ $ 2.50

*Click to see the detailed list of reclaimed solid flooring specs. - including cut, milling details, grade,  dimensions, lengths, and prices.

VI. RECLAIMED PANELING

Brown Board @ $ 7.50
Reclaimed Grey Barn Siding @ $ 8.00
Reclaimed Mushroom Wood, Sculpted 6" (T&G) @ $ 7.50
Reclaimed Mushroom Wood, Sculpted 6" (SLR) @ $ 7.50
Reclaimed NYC Water Tank Cedar, Outside Face @ $ 2.50
Reclaimed NYC Water Tank Cedar, Inside Face @ $ 2.50
Reclaimed NYC Water Tank Redwood @ $ 5.00
Silver Pines 4" @ $ 10.00
Silver Pines 8" @ $ 10.00
Silver Pines 11" @ $ 10.00
Softwood Joists @ $ 7.50
Softwood Medley 5" @ $ 5.00
Softwood Medley 8" @ $ 5.00

*Click to see the detailed list of reclaimed paneling specs. - including cut, milling details, grade,  dimensions, lengths, and prices.