Martha Davis

The designer's latest footwear collection with the Workshop Residence uses reclaimed materials from the Bay Area

A long career in industrial design informs Martha Davis‘ footwear collection, which was first launched back in 2009. The multifaceted designer spent the last few months at San Francisco’s Workshop Residence, creating shoes by hand from custom steel shanks, vegetable-tanned leather and reclaimed wood from the Bay Area. Debuting today, the three new styles represent Davis’ embrace of natural materials and minimal fashion. Davis found …

Mitz Takahashi

A Japanese designer crafting mid-century style furniture from recycled and salvaged wood

Montreal-based woodworker Mitz Takahashi upcycles wooden offcuts into unique, modern designs. Working by hand with mostly reclaimed lumber like mahogany, walnut, oak and other found materials, Osaka-born Takahashi spends his days tooling around creating works based on his favorite elements of mid-century design. Working mainly on a commission basis, Takahashi crafts everything from bookshelves to guitar amps, and attempts to minimize even more waste by …

Rad and Hatch for TreeHouse

Austin's furniture collaborative crafts elegantly upcycled designs

What happens when two sustainable design outfits specializing in distinct materials team up? In the case of Rad Furniture and Hatch Workshop (both also fabricators), the partnership is geared toward “thoughtful and well-crafted” furniture with material integrity. The two Austin companies’ latest and largest retail project for a local startup, sustainable building supply and resource center TreeHouse, is no exception. A visit to their Austin …