Brower from designer Peter De Jong is a quietly impressive and highly functional storage piece to keep books and objects within view and close at hand. Crafted in sustainably sourced timbers, the elegantly simple structure of thick wood shelves is supported by substantial half-round uprights. Solid brass connecting hardware makes for a stable and sturdy unit that will support a heavy library with ease. Fashioned with old-world artisan techniques and finished with a proprietary mix of oil and wax and painstakingly hand rubbed for an unsurpassed touch and feel, Brower's minimalist lines are compatible in both a modern and traditional home.
82" h x 72" w x 20.5" d (208.3x183x52.1cm)
Walnut, oak, maple
De Jong & Co.
De Jong & Co. couples spare modernism and an organic sensibility with sustainably sourced solid wood furniture and tabletop accessories, painstakingly handmade by skilled craftsmen in its downtown Los Angeles studio. “Our furniture is a result of viewing traditional forms through a contemporary lens,” says founding designer Peter De Jong. That nuanced aesthetic and dedicated craftsmanship—expressed in American solid woods such as maple, oak or walnut—results in pieces built to withstand trends, daily use and generations.
The De Jong siblings—Peter, a furniture-maker; Philip, an art director; and Ruth, a production designer for filmmakers such as David Lynch and Paul Thomas Anderson—crossed their respective careers in furniture making for the 2014 launch of De Jong & Co. Design. Production continues under Peter’s exacting eye, drawing on a remarkable scholarship that includes the nation’s top sculpture program in Richmond, VA, and apprenticing for two years with master Evan Lee, a disciple of Edward Barnsley, the legendary British Arts & Craft icon.
As Peter observes: “Whereas most of our designs look like they would be easy to reproduce and replicate, every single piece has at least one or two moves that make people go for a double take.”