You want to say something with the design of your living room, because all it’s saying now is “fleabag couch!” But whenever you shop for new furniture, the price tags leave you speechless.
To the rescue comes local furniture maker Thorben Wuttke, who not only designs chic, clean-lined contemporary styles, but does it in ways that are affordable and sustainable.
Wuttke’s business, Wuttke Werks, crafts chairs, tables, beds, shelves and more using only reclaimed wood from here on Oahu. Wuttke studied cabinetmaking in his native Germany, and says his furniture is “a very simple design, straightforward, functional and long lasting.” The wood comes from demolished homes on the Island. “It’s construction lumber; I use mostly Douglas fir, pine. I like to use the 2x12s, which were floor joists. I sand them down and they are pretty much instantly new.”
A sampling of prices? $395 for a queen-size bed frame, $1,200 for the beautiful TV console seen here. The detail on the doors, by the way, is leftover from termite treatment on the original wood. Wuttke liked how the pattern looked, so he just sanded it down to reveal it better. Delivery is free in Honolulu, or $50 outside of town.
You can find Wuttke on Craigslist, check out his blog or call him at 220-5183.