When Portland’s premier maker of handcrafted, solid wood furniture, the Joinery, decided to transform their downtown pop-up shop into a permanent showroom, every square inch 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.
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.”
CREATING USEABLE ART
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.”
“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.”
-Jon Blumenauer, Owner
THINKING OF THE FUTURE
A main tenet of the Joinery is environmental sustainability. From the solar-panels lining their roof to their bio-fueled delivery trucks, they practice what they believe. An integral part of their focus on sustainability is to make products that will be used for decades to come and avoid the landfill. The Baldur sliding door hardware system has been tested through 130,000 cycles — the equivalent of 10 years of extremely high use — ensuring that it will hold up to the Joinery’s commitment to furniture that will be enjoyed for generations.
And because Krownlab is designed and manufactured a mere two miles from the showroom showroom, the Joinery was able to reduce their carbon footprint further.
“We wanted to support a local company which is important to us from a sustainability standpoint,” Asmus said.
Of course at the end of the day, the Baldur product had to meet the exacting design and functionality standards of a company made up of expert craftspeople.
“The product and the design aesthetic worked beautifully for what we wanted to accomplish,” Asmus said. “It’s functioned beautifully.”
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