Founded in 1894, the custom wood fabrication shop in Faribault, Minnesota is now managed by its third and fourth generation, the father-son team of master carpenter Ron Dwyer and architect John Dwyer.
GRAIN is constructed of Liriodendron, otherwise known as yellow poplar or the tulip tree. The tree grows remarkably straight and tall, making it dimensionally stable even in long lengths. It is also a rapidly renewable, fast growing tree giving it a dynamic grain structure ranging from white to deep purple with strong contrasts from sapwood to heartwood.
GRAIN is inspired by the wood itself, its unique grain and its interaction with varying finishes. Their geometry was conceived not as a style or form, but as a series of haptic surfaces that celebrate the grain and finish.
Every aspect of GRAIN is local. The trees are planted, forested and milled in Northern Minnesota. The finishes, dyes, stains and top coats are mixed and manufactured Minneapolis and western Wisconsin. Fabrication, assembly and finishing are all performed in house at the shop.
Each piece of GRAIN is made to order, to a specific size and finish, and individually priced by the cubic inch. Custom sizes and color matched enamel finishes are available with no additional fees. Order confirmation, progress checks, quality assurance review, crating, and delivery tracking are included. The result is what we think of as a service-product, combining the quality of a manufactured product with the customization and communication of a service.
ORDERING AND DELIVERY
Grain is currently available to the design trades in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota through the Blended Blue showroom in suite 364 at International Market Square in Minneapolis. Lead times range from 4-7 weeks.
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John Dwyer Architect is a Minneapolis based architecture and furniture design studio organized around a research based design process and integrated project delivery. GRAIN is a registered trademark of Dwyer Design.