custom furniture - farm tables, cabinets, mirrors, etc.

Portland, Oregon
15 Sales

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Last updated on May 23, 2019

As long as it fits in our van, we offer free delivery to local people!


15 Sales

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Inventia Design

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Sales 15
On Etsy since 2015

We build fine bespoke furniture in our Portland, Oregon studios

Hello - We are Buck O’Kelly and Suzanne Bonham of Inventia Design in Portland, Oregon. We are a married couple, and we work together every day. My husband built every piece you see here new, as a bespoke project for a real person, having unique desires. This collection here, in our shop, represents the most recent decade of our work. Many many pieces were built before this time, and we have done many built in projects and repairs.

This most recent portfolio contains many pieces that are newly made out of new, kiln dried American and European hardwoods, which are designed to look timeless and classic, and almost all are finished to look antique. Buck has about 35 years experience prototyping and building bespoke furniture. He’s brilliant, and I am very thankful to work with him. He builds the pieces, and I (Suzanne) do the design and most of the finishes. I designed almost all of the furniture we show here. We live, eat, sleep and breathe this stuff, and are on a constant quest for the holy grail.

We are committed to bringing you the very very best furniture that we can produce, and after this many decades we are still learning and still improving. We will work with you and talk to you and make sure the piece we make fits your situation perfectly in every way - ergonomically, structurally, aesthetically. We are on the quest for excellent design, and to both of us, this means that while the furniture should hold its own and be beautiful in and of itself, that it should play more of a supporting role in the interior, and your walls, artwork, fabric, lamps, etcetera (things that can easily change) can be a little more flamboyant.

Since it's durable and lasting and permanent, we aim for more classic and try to stay away from something trendy that will be out of style in a few years. The ideal piece is handsome, but kind of basic. Of course, expertly constructed, but also perfectly proportioned, richly colored with just the right kind of distressing and the finish rubbed down in just the right places - aiming for perfect proportions and shapes; hand carving done mindfully, with just enough detail, going for understatement, shaped in such a manner that it begs to be touched.

Somebody said of Jackie Kennedy Onassis that she could dominate a room from a footstool, and this is the kind of impact we hope you'll see from our furniture. We assure you that our work will be worthy of keeping company with your best antiques and of being handed down to your grandchildren, and we would be very honored for it to have a place in your home.

Suzanne and Buck
Portland, Oregon

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    Hello - We are Buck O’Kelly and Suzanne Bonham. We are married, and we work together every day. We built and finished every piece that you see here new, and most are finished to look antique.

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
How are large items (like furniture) shipped?

There are two ways: 1) crated 2) blanket wrapped. We have a shipper that we can recommend, but as our customer you Always get your choice regarding shipping. If you are local to the Portland area (within a day or two drive) we may be able to deliver the piece ourselves, which is fun for everybody.

Who is your recommended shipper and why do you like them?

We like WDI, but they will only do dock to dock west coast. For the rest of the country and for residential deliveries, we have been using Plycon Transportation Group. We like them because their rates are reasonable, and in all the years we've been shipping, they have never damaged nor lost any of our pieces.

How is blanket wrapping done?

Our shipper comes to my shop and mummifies the piece in heavy shipping blankets and tape before moving it an inch. If there are multiple components (like table leaves) they have brightly colored number-coded tape to identify each piece and match them to the bill of lading. I check that their bill of lading shows your address correctly and double check that all the pieces are marked with colored tape. They inspect the piece of course, and generally point out all of the imperfections that exist already. Then they (usually two guys) move the piece onto their truck, which is generally a medium sized moving truck designed to get into small residential streets. They will transfer the piece to a large truck for highway transport.

Why do you prefer blanket wrapped rather than crated?

We usually use blanket wrapping for the following reasons:
a. it is typically less expensive than crating.
b. we've had experience with two blanket wrapped shippers and neither has damaged or lost a piece.
c. blanket wrapped pieces are treated like furniture and moved by humans, whereas crated pieces are moved by forklifts and are typically stacked upon one another in warehouses.
d. if we feel the piece needs extra protection (like mirrors), we can crate it ourselves in the shop.
e. there are no packing materials for you to dispose of on your end with blanket wrapping. They unwrap the piece and take the blankets with them.

Is crating ever appropriate?

Yes. We don't have much experience with crating companies, and the one good crater (Gateway) in Portland is no longer in business. We did have one customer choose to have a very large multiple component piece of furniture crated, and they chose a shipper who was based in Seattle who got the piece across the country in a matter of a few days. We feel that crating is essential for things like mirrors, for extra protection. We have had Gateway do them in the past, and we have built our own mirror crates a couple of times in the shop.

Have you ever had a piece lost or damaged in shipment?

Yes and it is NOT FUN!! It is a big hassle for everybody. I always request full insurance, using the full value of the piece, with no deductible. The added cost of such protection is minimal compared to the hassle. And, like I mentioned, our preferred shipper was not the one to damage that shipment, and the piece was not pad-wrapped before it left the shop. I will never allow a piece to be taken from our shops in such a manner again!
Shipping a big piece is expensive, and I make an educated guess on each post. As a "mom and pop" shop we don't do enough volume to justify a big discount, but we do get a small reduction on our damage insurance which we pass along to you.

How do I know if I'm gonna like this thing?

Ordering a piece of furniture is a big commitment, and it's very personal. At the end of the day, we really want you to be happy. In made-to-order or bespoke work, we'll need to get very clear on every detail of your project before you put down any money. We'll discuss all of this, by phone or in person or by email. My job is to fill in your knowledge gaps and bring up issues that you may not have considered so that you can make the best choices. One of the reasons we love Etsy so much is that Etsy (unlike many other platforms) never gets in the way of communication between you and us. We'll make sure we are on the same page, and nothing is binding until we write up a contract and you agree to it.

How do I know if I'm gonna like this thing, part 2.

I have tools at my disposal, such as an extensive online photographic library of full-resolution photos so that you can zoom in on our work. Also I have in my office, detailed notes on every project that we have ever done, including full scale drawings and all dimensions for every part. We may also wish to refer to photos published by others, for inspiration. Another tool is our collection of finish samples, some of which will travel to you so that you can choose colors and effects in your own lighting. The projects that we sell on Etsy are tried and true designs that are buildable and functional, and for each proposed change, we can tell you ahead of time any issues associated with it.