Last year, Portland’s premier maker of handcrafted, solid wood furniture, the Joinery, decided to transform their downtown pop-up shop into a permanent showroom. Their goal was to move from well-kept Portland secret to high-profile member of the design scene. Having an impactful showroom was crucial, and every square inch of the space was considered.
"We put an enormous amount of heart and planning into designing the space so that it would reflect what we do best, so that it would be a thoughtful representation of how we work," said owner Jon Blumenauer.
The Joinery, best known for its Shaker and Mission styles, creates premium, furniture with traditional joint work including dovetail, mortise and tenon, finger and butterfly methods. In short, their craftsmanship is legendary and every woodworker at the Joinery contributed at least one permanent design element to the 4,700-square-foot space. These pieces included a custom whitewashed reclaimed fir and western walnut reception desk, a rift-sawn white oak kitchen, and a live-edge barn door featuring Krownlab’s Baldur hardware system.
“The live-edge sliding barn door is a showstopper,” said Blumenauer. “Customers are drawn to its drama, its simplicity, and the beauty in which it functions with the Krownlab hardware.”
The live-edge door perfectly reflects the Joinery’s mission to create furniture that is as functional and durable as it is beautiful. Behind the door is a conference room that needs to be readily accessible throughout the day. The Baldur system easily handles the 150 lb slab without jeopardizing ADA compliancy or the incredibly smooth door travel Krownlab is famous for.
“It is a statement piece in the showroom and attracts a lot of attention,” said Kelly Asmus, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Joinery. “Nearly every customer who comes in is drawn to the live-edge slab door — its beauty, its simplicity and the practical way it functions.”