Merton Step Stool
Los Angeles design studio De Jong & Co. adds to its collection of fine handmade furniture and home goods with an elemental step stool fashioned from solid, sustainably sourced American hardwood. Sturdy, light, and balanced, Merton puts out-of-reach corners close at hand or serves as a low accent table or spare seat. In a choice of natural maple, walnut or oak, this exceptional piece of craftsmanship has a hand-rubbed oil and wax finish.
18" h x 18" w x 18" d (45.7x45.7x45.7cm)
Maple, walnut, oak
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.”