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Wood is like a gemstone. It's a precious, organic material that can be used for pedestrian, industrial purposes, or it can be carefully faceted, ground, and polished to reveal the greatest color, figure, and clarity. Unlike many gemstones though, wood is plentiful locally, and it can be joined in a structure to serve intimate human functions.

As a designer, I act as steward to this vital resource, seeking to honor it through my attention and skill as a craftsman, and also by composing it into simple, modern, intelligent forms that make the most and best use of it, while consuming the least necessary for function.

My process seeks always to minimize negative ecological impact by sourcing only domestic and mostly local and salvaged solid woods, and striving to use the least toxic finishes/adhesives.

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  • Male
  • Born on August 27
  • Joined October 9, 2009

Favorite materials

locally sourced, salvaged wood, especially California Claro Walnut

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About

Wood is like a gemstone. It's a precious, organic material that can be used for pedestrian, industrial purposes, or it can be carefully faceted, ground, and polished to reveal the greatest color, figure, and clarity. Unlike many gemstones though, wood is plentiful locally, and it can be joined in a structure to serve intimate human functions.

As a designer, I act as steward to this vital resource, seeking to honor it through my attention and skill as a craftsman, and also by composing it into simple, modern, intelligent forms that make the most and best use of it, while consuming the least necessary for function.

My process seeks always to minimize negative ecological impact by sourcing only domestic and mostly local and salvaged solid woods, and striving to use the least toxic finishes/adhesives.

My work has been featured in Sunset Magazine, California Home and Design, Fine Woodworking, Woodcraft, 7x7, The San Jose Mercury News, The San Francisco Chronicle, and showcased in exhibitions at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Design Within Reach, the Pasadena Contemporary Art Museum, The International Contemporary Furniture Fair, The S.F. Museum of Craft and Design and other design showrooms around the country.


- Jared Rusten / J.Rusten Furniture Studio

Instagram: @jrusten

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