Two hours north of New York City, among the miles of granite cliffs, forests and farmland that line the Hudson River, are a series of vibrant communities that have long been centers of food, art, culture and design. We recently spent some time getting to know a number of the artists and makers that call the Hudson River Valley home, and today we are pleased to welcome our newest members to the WorkOf community, Michael Robbins, Materia Designs, Samuel Moyer Furniture and Dzierlenga F+U.
We look forward to spending more time in the Hudson Valley and continuing to bring you beautiful work from this special place.
A seventh generation native of upstate New York, Michael Robbins designs and produces his furniture in an old wool factory in Hudson, New York. Michael’s pieces define the notion of heirloom quality work. He makes his pieces from time-honored materials such as walnut, maple, sycamore, and leather, each design paying homage to the simplicity and rural nature of his surrounding environment in the Hudson Valley.
Started by former Brooklynites Megan Sommerville and Matt Enser, Materia Designs is the manifestation of their diverse creative, aesthetic and philosophical ideals. Megan comes from a background in fashion and choreography while Matt brings his experience in environmental conservation and landscape design to the company. The bought and rejuvenated an old farm in a hidden corner of the valley to start producing a series of furniture, lighting and accessories that are the manifestation of their eclectic beliefs.
Samuel Moyer Furniture
A collaboration among friends, Samuel Moyer Furniture is the embodiment of the ‘slow’ movement which originally started in food and has now trickled into manufacturing. Founder Sam Moyer embraces the concept of slow furniture to describe his process of creating meaningful connections between materials and his clients. The company creates heirloom pieces in the strictest sense of the word, each work intended to last for generations. Founder Sam Moyer has been known to hold on to certain pieces of wood for years before using them, to ensure a proper fit for specific materials.
A North Carolina transplant to the Hudson Valley (before spending some time in LA), Dzierlenga F+U was started by Casey Dzierlenga as a union of sparse utilitarianism and the wildness of the natural world. She designs and builds. Casey is also a member of LA-based Box Collective. A strong supporter of responsible building and lumber harvesting, Casey has built her business around the notion of sustainable furniture.