art from wood
Nature's beauty is endlessly awe-inspiring. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are surrounded by majestic mountains, soaring trees, and gushing mountain streams. Our approach to working with wood is to capture that indomitable beauty in a well-edited composition of natural elements from responsible sources. We select the best quality, high character materials, and carefully compose our work from what nature brings us, taming it only with clean lines and exquisite finishes. The fusion of nature and culture is at the core of our Pacific Northwest lifestyle, and it inspires our creative process, shaping our design ideas and ultimately our furniture. We hope you find that our custom furniture and our Modern Roots Collection of solid wood furniture bring the warmth, beauty and authenticity of nature into your living environments.
made-to-order in the USA
Our wood furniture is 100% made in the USA from locally sourced wood and metal. Just as buying local, organic food is better than buying food that is shipped from far away, using local materials for furniture has cascading positive effect. By purchasing products made in the Northwest, our customers are supporting local businesses and their employees. Our solid wood products are built by skilled American craftsmen with best local materials available. Each table is made-to-order and may be customized to your specification, or you may choose from our line of standards, all of which are suitable for residential, institutional, retail and commercial applications.
site & urban salvaged wood
In 2001, a USDA study estimated that nearly four billion usable board feet of material are culled from urban areas in the United States each year. Most of this material is considered part of the waste stream and is burned as fire-wood or chipped for mulch. Though attitudes are beginning to change, fallen trees in urban ares remain an undervalued resource. Meyer Wells is on the forefront of a growing movement to make better use of urban trees. With our own local mill, we have reclaimed thousands of logs from the greater Seattle area and transformed them into world class wood furniture and products for local, national and international projects.
sustainability at core
Meyer Wells is founded on sustainability. It's the core of why we do what we do and dictates how we dot it. We only use salvaged, reclaimed or responsibly harvested wood within a 100 mile radius of our mill located just outside of Seattle and work with local, small forest land owners and family farms. We use only low VOC and HAPs free finishing products, which deliver high quality, ecologically sound results and a safe environment for our employees. And our wood products may contribute toward US Green Building Council's LEED credit in categories such as Regional Materials, Certified Wood, Low-Emitting Materials and Innovation in Design.
scale for roll-outs
With over 30,000 square feet of production space and and our mill and kiln-drying system capable of drying 15,000 board feet of lumber at a time, we are fully equipped to handle large scale roll-outs and contracts. From early on, we built our company to handle large scale production contracts, to work with retail and local giants who share our passion for sustainable practices and green materials. Over the years, we've had some amazing opportunities to fine tune our ability to scale. For example, we have fabricated over 400 pieces for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation visitor center and our collaboration with Starbucks has resulted in installations across the country.
Sometimes quality is embedded is the process, unapparent at first glance, but instead, seen over the life of a product. Unlike plastic or metal, wood has life of it own - shrinking or expanding in reaction to the environment - even after it has been felled. All the wood we salvage is kiln-dried to exacting standard based on the humidity and atmosphere of the piece's final destination. Sure it takes longer and means more work for us, but it also guarantees that the moisture content will be stable for the environment. We also design and craft our wood furniture using method that allow for the natural movement of the wood. These stringent requirements give us the confidence that our products will stand the test of time.
The wood products you see in our catalogs and on our site are only the tip of the creative iceberg. Our portfolio, like our pieces, is organic - fluid, flexible and full of potential. We have crafted countless unique wood furniture pieces collaborating with local artisans and client design teams. Several began as a limited series but were so well received they became integral fixtures of standard roll-outs. From concept to mock-ups to finished products, we bring our wealth of wood knowledge to the table so to speak. It all starts with a dialogue.
Visit our design partnership page for more information.
reclaimed wood: our story
After working together in the early stages of the rediscovered wood movement, master craftsman Seth Meyer and furniture designer John Wells launched Meyer Wells in 2006. The two designer-craftsmen established Meyer Wells to combine a modern design sensibility and high level of furniture craft with an ecological ethic for sourcing materials. With the support of the like-minded A&D community and local retail giants, Meyer Wells has grown into a operation capable of national rolls-outs and positioning "urban wood" as the material of choice.
who we are
Meyer Wells create wood furniture from salvaged and reclaimed urban trees. Through these majestic materials, our work embodies the power of nature and captures the living story ingrained in every design.
Because our hands are literally in every step of the process - from tree salvage, to saw-milling and kiln-drying, careful selection of materials, all the way through to meticulously applied finishes - we maintain an intimate relationship with our pieces that yields distinctive and compelling results.
We procure our logs exclusively from urban & rural salvage sources - wood that otherwise would have been used for firewood or sent to the landfill - or from local, FSC® certified small forest land owners.
At Meyer Wells our values drive our business: sustainability, community, mastery of craft and a modern approach to business and design. Furniture is our passion and we pursue it using premium salvaged materials transformed into beautiful objects for everyday use.
FSC® product available upon request.