Munson Furniture is a boutique furniture design and manufacturing company. We have incorporated the tools of digital design and fabrication to create beautiful and lasting products. Our current collections include the Miranda chair, a sculptural, solid-wood dining chair designed by Bend, Oregon-based artist Matthew Sellens, and Radius, a highly customizable line of furniture.
Materials & Ingredients
We source all of our hardwoods domestically from FSC certified dealers, and we use local suppliers for metal sourcing and fabrication. One of our recent materials additions to the Radius collection is ash in both blackened and bleached finishes. Using ash in our collections is a way for us to create a lasting memory of a particular tree that may not exist in nature in the future due to an invasive species of insect. In certain regions the ash trees are being removed even before they become infected to slow the spread, and our suppliers make this material available to us.
Packaging & Delivery
Almost 100% of our products are shipped using “White Glove” shipping methods. The furniture is wrapped by hand with quilted furniture blankets, loaded onto a truck and delivered to its destination where the blankets are removed. All of the packaging is reused multiple times with minimal waste.
Quality & Value
Interior designers have always employed custom fabricators to source specific pieces of furniture for their clients. When we designed the Radius Collection, we also designed a customer facing design tool to give our clients the ability to source exactly what they want rather than settling for something close enough. The dimensions, the drawer and shelf heights, the materials can all be specified to create a custom piece. All of our furniture is made to order and adheres to the highest level of quality standards combining the precision of advanced manufacturing tools and the skills of traditional craftsmen. Our goal is to produce long-lasting beautiful furniture that meets the precise needs of our customers.
The Radius collection and its parts have been designed to maximize the dimension of the rough lumber, make the most efficient use of our materials and reduce waste in the fabrication process.
Local Supply Chains
We use local suppliers for materials and any parts that need outsourced fabrication. With our use of digital design and manufacturing processes, we are able to share fabrication files making this collaboration more efficient for all of us. The workflow application that we developed allows us to create custom iterations with a similar efficiency of standard products. For example, when we receive an order for a table with brass top, a DXF file is created as part of the completed purchase, and we can send that file directly to the metal fabricator for use with the water jet cutter.
Customization & Proximity
By making custom furniture more accessible to a broader segment of the market, we give more people the ability to order exactly what they want instead of settling for something that kind of works. This is not disposable furniture, and many of our customers are buying pieces that will live with them for many years to come.
Although our business is located in a region that is known for its high costs, we value being closer to our customers. Instead of shipping North American hardwoods across the globe as raw materials, only to be shipped back to the US in its manufactured form, we believe in making our furniture close to home and close to our customers. Our facilities are based in the Bay Area, and our employees are part of the same community.
Goals & Aspirations
As we explore new materials for existing and future furniture collections, we continue to look for interesting and compelling sources like the story of the ash trees. Our goal is to source quality materials that we can use efficiently. This may include hardwoods like the ash, and it also includes materials like wood and stone veneers. The use of veneers has traditionally allowed craftsmen to optimize the use of valuable materials, and although we employ many of the high tech tools of advanced manufacturing, we are craftspeople at heart.
Certifications & Memberships
Although we don’t hold any formal certifications around sustainability, all of our lumber is sourced through FSC certified dealers.
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