While we don't know if his name describes his personality, we do know that we like William Stranger's furniture. His self-named design/build company, Stranger Furniture, has been building furniture in a Pasadena, California studio for the better part of two decades; we originally featured his Monolith Table and mentioned Good Wood, a design event he co-organized to promote environmental consciousness in furniture back in 2005. We noted back then that his work had a strong organic (almost rustic) feel to it; his work (mostly tables) was all about using wood for good and letting the beauty of the ex-tree shine through. Since then, he's created some new pieces that have served to update both his style and use of materials; take the "Light (Gets In) Sideboard" (pictured above), for example. Built from bamboo plywood, kirei board and FSC-certified plywood (for the drawers), the piece is designed for a high materials yield and super-durability (more info and pics after the jump).It's not just about using quickly-renewable, waste-product-based, "green" materials, though; Stranger thoughtfully planned out this design so it's sized to be cut from a single sheet of bamboo, with very little waste. Toxics are all but zeroed out as well: the plyboo and kirei are bonded with low-toxic glues, and the finish is a low-toxic tung oil with a citrus based thinner.
Though the same environmental ethics are applied to pieces like the "Light (Gets In) Chair" and accompanying table (above), the materials and manufacturing process are a bit different. The wood for these products come from Los Angeles-area sources, and the wood salvaged after trees were cut down as part of urban development or disease, or felled by wind. Stranger works with West Coast Arborists, a large firm with a well established urban salvage program, that help salvage the wood from backyard and street trees that would otherwise be carted away to the landfill (or meet another less useful end). The table is available with an inscription that make us think about our relationship with the environment such as " one mans garbage " and the chair is inspired by a Leonard Cohen song: "there is a crack, a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in". We love the thoughtful design and organic feel to all Stranger's furniture; plus, he focuses on sustainability because it's the right thing to do, and there's nothing strange about that. ::Stranger Furniture