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From the Source: Savarin and Company

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Our friends at Savarin are Hudson Valley based creatives who wanted to pursue the simple idea that the American flag can be presented as a work of art. They set out to recreate the flag with a meticulous eye for the finer details in a way that it could exist in any home and compliment any interior.

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10 Chair Designs We Love

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Architects have an interesting fascination with chairs. Many of the renowned 20th century architects are known as much for their chairs as they are their architecture, from Le Corbusier to Mies Van Der Rohe. Furniture design is much allows architects to craft on a smaller scale. The finished product in furniture design is much easier to test and much quicker to accomplish. Whereas buildings take years and maybe decades, a chair can be released relatively quickly.

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From the Source: Hudson Workshop

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Born in Hungary, András Gipp spent his childhood watching his father and grandfather sculpt with stone, and craft everything from beds to bowls with their hands. He fell in love with wood in the Bakony forest, the former hunting grounds of Hungarian kings, where he ran wild as a child, creating stories among the trees and marveling at the warmth of this living medium. András later studied fine art woodworking and instrument making in Hungary and Vienna before venturing to New York City, with little more than a suitcase and his guitar.

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From the Source: Carl Hansen & Søn

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Carl Hansen & Søn is a partner we carefully selected to help furnish the Hudson Woods model house. With years of heritage and tradition their, Carl Hansen is known for manufacturing several iconic items many designed by Hans Wagner, including the Wishbone dining chair, Elbow dining chair and Shell lounge chair. You can catch up on a bit of the Carl Hansen legacy in one of our first journal posts.

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From the Source: Allegheny Mountain Hardwood

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White Oak is an important material at Hudson Wood. It is one of the central focal points and design elements at every home. It covers the floors, some of the ceilings, cabinets and even some walls. This white oak is special. Starting from where the tree is grown, to how the log is cut, to the uniqueness and story of each board that makes this wood such an exceptional product.

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10 More "Upstate" Made Gifts From Our Collection for Whisper

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Enjoy this second installment of goods from our Upstate maker friends and partners. Another great way to "shop local" if not in person, then in spirit.

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10 Gift Ideas From our "Upstate" Installation at Whisper

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While our "Upstate" inspired installation at Whisper may be history, we have reassembled our favorites here. All of the items are created by our maker neighbors and partners in the Hudson Valley/Catskill zone. We chose them not only because of their originality and quality, but also because they look great. Thanks again to Emma Tuccillo of @AndNorth and @kateorne for their contributions to the curation.

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A Look Into the Life of a Maker

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This week we wanted to share a beautiful video of a friend and one of our maker partners, Samuel Moyer. In this video Sam provides cerebral insights into the life of a craftsman, his design process and where he draws inspiration.

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Custom Built Kitchen Pantry

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One of the pieces that best embodies the collaborative spirit of Hudson Woods is our custom built kitchen pantry. Conceived and designed by the Lang Architecture team, the construction, material sourcing and craftsmanship was done in conjunction with one of our maker partners, Sam Moyer.

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WORK:SHOP Holiday Pop­-Up in Beacon

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Make sure to mark your calendars for this year’s second annual WORK:SHOP Holiday Pop-­up Sale hosted by our friends from Wickham Solid Wood Studio in Beacon, NY. On Saturday December 6th the shop will be open 10AM­ - 5PM and Sunday December 7th from 11AM - ­4PM.

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From the Source: Heath Ceramics

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Located in Sausalito, California, Heath Ceramics has been making objects for the home since 1959. Knowing the rich tradition and heritage behind their work, we reached out to outfit the Hudson Woods kitchens with a selection of their tiles.

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From the Source: Allied Maker

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You may remember in previous posts we've discussed lighting in the model house by Workstead & Materia Designs. This week, we'd like to take a look at lighting fixtures from another New York based studio in Allied Maker.

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Field + Supply Maker Fair

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This weekend we're excited to be exhibiting alongside an exceptional selection of local makers, craftspeople and artisans at the first annual Field + Supply maker fair. The vision of Brad Ford, a high-end interior designer and the man behind designtherapy, Field + Supply aims to modernize and elevate the traditional arts and crafts fair with a local focus.

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From the Source: Deborah Ehrlich

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When we came across Deborah Ehrlich's Crystal Jelly Jar lights we knew that they'd be a great fit for the model home. Designed and made for Deborah's own home in the Hudson Valley, she only thought to bring them to the public after some requests.

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From the Source: Michael Robbins Furniture

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Having studied photography at art school, it's easy to see how Michael Robbins' eye for the creative translates into woodworking & furniture making. Every element of Michael's work has a simple but meticulously crafted sensibility down to his website design and video about his workshop. The video even earned a Vimeo staff pick.

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From the Source: Sun Valley Bronze

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Last week we looked at detail elements of Hudson Woods homes with windows and doors provided by Premier Custom Millwork. This week we’re focusing on another detail - the door hardware used throughout Hudson Woods homes. Every door handle is made of sand cast solid bronze using traditional artisan techniques. All hardware is made to order and assembled by hand in the foundry and studio at Sun Valley Bronze, a family owned and operated business of over 21 years.

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From the Source: Samuel Moyer Furniture

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At Samuel Moyer Furniture, a vital element of the design process is to develop a unique relationship with each built item. When Hudson Woods and Sam came together there was an immediate kinship, sharing an affinity for natural living.

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Joshua Vogel created Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. as a way to explore small scale product design and manufacturing, & to reconnect himself with the practice and idea of handmade goods. All of BCM’s products are made by people in the Kingston, NY studio. The goal of BCM’s work is to create enduring, beautiful, and functional objects that you will love to use.

Blackline Collection

Kitchen Tools

Thornwillow Press Newburgh, NY

Founded 30 years ago by Luke Ives Pontifell when he was still at Harvard, Thornwillow Press is committed to the related arts and crafts of the written word. As printers and publishers of handmade, limited edition books, custom book binders and makers of fine, engraved stationery, Thornwillow has consolidated its workshops in a complex of 19th Century brick factory buildings in Newburgh, NY. Their impeccable taste and quality has earned them the role of bespoke stationer to New York's St. Regis Hotel.

Metropolitan Field & Wood Box

Metropolitan Block Journals

Hudson Made Andes, NY

A product's story is what rescues it from the assembly line and breathes life into it. It gives the product room to be itself, to be original, and not be stifled by standardization. Hudson Made reinvigorates the marketplace with unique items made in the Hudson Valley. Their philosophy is a proposition of a return to the roots of America, a time when craftsmanship and quality were valued above machinery and quantity. Quality means knowing a product's story, which means knowing the artisan or farmer who crafted it, knowing from where the product came and how far it traveled, and knowing what makes this product unique and how it can enhance your life.

Apothecary Rose Soap

Scullery Soa

Worker's Soap

Tree Juice Maple Syrup Olivbridge and Arkville, NY

Lazy Crazy Acres Farm is nestled in the Drybrook Valley of the Catskills. The Fairbairn family have owned and operated this 100+ acre farm since the 1930's. Jake Fairbairn and Ryan Annetts resurrected the family's sugar shack and began making Maple Syrup.

Over 1600 sugar maple trees are tapped. Miles of sap-lines gravity feed the sap to storage tanks. A wood fired evaporator then turns the sap into Tree Juice Maple Syrup.

Tree Juice takes it’s syrup and fills used oak bourbon barrels from Tuthillton Distillery in Gardiner, NY. After 8 months of aging, the result is a rich tasting maple syrup with a hint of smoky oak bourbon.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup and Vanilla Infused Maple Syrup

Materia Designs Accord, NY

Materia Designs strives to blur the lines between art, design, utility, work and life. Drawing from their combined backgrounds in choreography, fashion, landscape design and woodworking, owners Megan Sommerville and Matt Ensner have developed an intuitive and responsive visual language which informs their collections of furniture, lighting, accessories and a growing portfolio of residential and commercial interiors projects. Materia derives inspiration from the strong community of Hudson Valley artisans whom they collaborate with, as well as the expansive rural landscape.

Comb 20" Throw Pillow

Gold Lined Calf Skinned iPad Case

Mano Platter + Onam Vessel Set

Hetta Glögg Rhinecliff, NY

Glögg, the Nordic term for mulled wine, may not have much association with the Hudson Valley, but Hetta Glögg is a recently launched bottled version produced in small batches in Rhinecliff, NY. Traditionally offered during the holidays and cold-weather months in the Nordic countries, the usually heated, aromatic glögg is served as a festive, warming beverage for arriving guests. So we think it also pairs quite nicely with the Upstate climate.

Hetta’s base wine is a tawny port, custom produced by Swedish Hill Winery in the Finger Lakes. In the small Rhinecliff workspace, they macerate orange peels, cinnamon sticks, ground cardamom and raisins in a 275 gallon batch of the port for 10 days at room temperature.

The mulled liquid is then combined with some fresh port and a dose of three-year-old brandy from Clear Creek (Oregon). The mixture is then heated to 180 degrees and bottled—hot—four bottles at a time. Heat it before serving to experience the aromas and the Nordic cheer.

Hawkins NY Hudson, NY

A curated lifestyle brand, fusing innovation, quality, and aesthetics, Hawkins NY designs an exclusive line of products with careful consideration of their producers around the world. They carefully pair products to manufacturers and encourage handmade production by artisanal collectives. Additionally, they collaborate with local designers to help facilitate getting those designs to market and adding a bespoke layer to the overall collection.

Knot Bedding Queen Quilt by Meg Callahan

Grady Ladders

Simple Linen Pillows

Fruition Chocolate Shokan, NY

Fruition is a small batch bean to bar chocolate workshop located at the foot of the Catskill Mountains. With meticulous attention to detail, they slowly roast and stone grind carefully selected cocoa beans (fair trade and organic of course) to accentuate their inherent flavor.

Founder Bryan Graham graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and completed an externship at Jacques Torres Chocolates in NYC. An interest in the history of confectionery was sparked, and ever since he has educated himself on the science, technique, and craft of handmade chocolate.

Camino Verde Crunch, Dark Milk with Flor De Sal and Brown Butter Milk Chocolate

Hudson Valley Seed Library Accord, NY

The majority of these heirloom seeds are produced on their own three acres farm in Accord; the rest are sourced from other local farmers. Online, you can access over 400 varieties of vegetable, flower or herb seeds. The farm also includes several trial gardens for traditional method breeding experiments. A mission driven business, they use only organic growing methods, and are especially committed to preserving local varieties known as "natives". the HVSL has signed the Safe Seed Pledge and adheres to Vandana Shiva's Declaration of Seed Freedom. Their "Art Packs" designs are selected an annual artists competition.

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10 Gift Ideas From our "Upstate" Installation at Whisper

While our “Upstate” inspired installation at Whisper may be history, we have reassembled our favorites here. All of the items are created by our maker neighbors and partners in the Hudson Valley/Catskill zone. We chose them not only because of their originality and quality, but also because they look great. Thanks again to @AndNorth and @kateorne for their contributions to the curation.

Jay Teske Leather, Co Kingston, NY: Inspired by vintage leather goods, Jay Teske Leather Co. creates durable and structured products that will last a lifetime. Each piece is hand cut from American hides and vegetable-tanned in one of the few remaining domestic leather tanneries. These leather goods will absorb hand oils and age beautifully over time.

Writing Portfolio: This leather writing portfolio is made out of 4oz. vegetable-tanned leather that is sourced and tanned in the USA. Inspired by leather portfolios of the early 1900s, this portfolio can accommodate legal, letter and tabloid papers and features an expandable pocket for iPads and notebooks. Available in Natural, Black or Brown. Natural leather will patina with use.

Trivets and coasters: This trivet comes in natural, brown or black leather and will patina with use. 11” x 6” trivets feature hand-burnished edges and are made from 9/10oz vegetable tanned cowhide that is sourced and tanned in the USA. Coasters are available in smooth, dot or diamond texture.

Silk & Willow New Paltz, NY: Shellie Pomeroy is drawn to silk for it's durability, softness, and drape. "Silk is alluring, and the colors it radiates are breathtaking." She also works with other natural materials, such as cotton, for its textural beauty. All of the materials used by Silk & Willow are either biodegradable or can be easily re-used and recycled.

Plant Dyed Table Runner & Cover {Indigo: INDIGO is a traditional indigo blue. Each batch can vary slightly in shade.This tight weave cotton fabric is hand loomed and naturally dyed with plant materials sustainably gathered by artisans in India

Plant Dyed Napkins {Plum}The set of four napkins are un-pressed and the edging is unfinished to create a natural look with texture. Plant Dyed Napkin {Finished edges, Assorted colors} Each napkin is individually loomed and sewn with care and attention. Plant Dyed Table Runner {Saffron, tight weave} SAFFRON is a perfect harvest color. This earthy but bright hue will add warmth and texture to your gathering. Wide enough to cover a full table, or gather as a table runner.

Deborah Ehrlich Glassware Accord, NY: Deborah Ehrlich has been designing exquisitely simple crystal glassware since 1999. Sketched in her Hudson Valley studio, and hand blown, cut, and polished by master craftsmen in Sweden, each piece is a union of contemporary forms and traditional techniques. Paper thin, clear as water, and absolutely flawless, Ehrlich’s creations are instantly recognizable for their purity and delicacy. The strength of non-lead Swedish crystal allows a fineness of line that enhances her graceful, unadorned shapes.

“I work very, very slowly, just connecting dots on a piece of paper trying to find the most beautiful proportion,” says Ehrlich. “I’m looking for a certain silence, a quiet.

GREENTREE HOME Candle Delhi, NY: Jennifer Green’s studio is a sensory collage of raw beeswax, the sweet scent of honey, busy hands, spools of cotton wicks, scores of original molds, a rich palette of colors and textures and above all the gentle warm air. Each candle in our collection is lovingly made from 100% pure beeswax, hand poured and finished.

12 inch Church Tapers: Simple and stylish, the12 inch Church candles are just divine.

Laetitia Hussain Dart Board Artworks Hudson, NY: Laetitia currently lives and maintains her studio in Hudson NY. Hussain's work and installations are elaborations of emotional reactions to social and environmental issues. “I kind of have an obsession driving my car along country roads. That’s where I feel like most of my thoughts come together. I require a certain amount of time alone with my ideas; I pull over, sketch and write them down. In my car is where I can focus best. That’s why I originally moved here.”

These individual pieces from one of her elaborate installations are made from solid elm and are meant to be both artworks and playable dart boards.

White Pike Whiskey Burdett, NY: White Pike is a clear, white whiskey – aged for just a short time. It’s farmed, distilled and bottled in upstate New York, using locally-sourced corn, spelt, and malted wheat. The smooth finish lets it play well with others from sun up to sun down. Distilled to give cocktails a backbone, it’s a modern whiskey made to mix up your day. We also like it because the folks at Mother, NY created the brand and have among their staff several upstaters.

Ravenwood Maple Syrup Olivebridge, NY

No Upstate collection would be complete without one of its signature products, homemade maple syrup. This beautiful product was produced and bottled by our friends at Ravenwood, who explore the integration of agriculture, culinary arts and the local makers movement – all staples of NY state’s rich history, and each thriving today. With backgrounds in a range of fields in the food and design world, Chris Lanier and Dana McClure aim to create a space that celebrates New York’s distinct seasonality.

Production was quite limited this year, but a few bottles are still left at the Whisper store.

Upstate Stock Upstate Stock is a New York city based American heritage accessories and knitwear brand that manufactures their goods in Upstate New York. Upstate Stock was born out of simple fact that American manufacturing of the highest quality is still out there, the same manufacturing from decades ago that is at a standard that very few countries can match.

Olive Melange With Natural Deerskin Full Glove {Left}
Black Melange Ragg Wool Beanie {Middle}
Charcoal Melange Fingerless Ragg Wool Gloves {Right}

Upstate Diary Highland, NY

Photographer and editor/curator Kate Orne digs deep into the creative landscape of the area and produces an alt take on the “at home” with artists, actors, and professional creatives in their rural environments. Beautifully photographed, the stories are accompanied by interviews that are personal and unpretentious. While reading, one forgets how famous and influential these subjects are. Both in print and on line Upstate Diary is the definitive publication which features and promotes its creators and ways of living.

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A Look Into the Life of a Maker

This week we wanted to share a beautiful video of a friend and one of our maker partners, Samuel Moyer. As you may know, we have several of Sam’s pieces at Hudson Woods, including the console table at the entry hall, live oak bench in the great room and custom built kitchen pantry. In this video Sam provides cerebral insights into the life of a craftsman, his design process and where he draws inspiration.

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Custom Built Kitchen Pantry

One of the pieces that best embodies the collaborative spirit of Hudson Woods is our custom built kitchen pantry. Conceived and designed by the Lang Architecture team, the construction, material sourcing and craftsmanship is done in conjunction with one of our maker partners, Sam Moyer.

The piece is designed to nestle into the great room as an extension to the kitchen. It has built in electrical outlets, storage for small appliances and three drawer sizes to accommodate various needs.

The pantry is built from solid black walnut, soapstone countertop and brass accents. Sam sources the wood from ethically harvested lumbar yards and the soapstone from a local stone yard. The boards are hand selected by Sam and arranged intentionally to create a cohesive piece, highlighting natural characteristics of the wood and celebrating its imperfections.

The wood batten strips on the doors are hand cut and nailed to create seamless bi-fold doors while adding texture and depth. The drawers are made with a touch of traditional craftsman quality, using hand cut dovetail joinery and in-set grooves for smoother sliding, better durability and greater longevity. The leather door pulls are a custom touch conceived by Sam to compliment the custom in-laid brass details.

Working with craftspeople who share our values helps bring the spirit of the Hudson Valley into the homes and the kitchen pantry in particular allows home owners to invest in a piece of custom heirloom furniture.

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WORK:SHOP Holiday Pop­-Up in Beacon

Make sure to mark your calendars for this year’s second annual WORK:SHOP Holiday Pop-­up Sale hosted by our friends from Wickham Solid Wood Studio in Beacon, NY. On Saturday December 6th the shop will be open 10AM­ - 5PM and Sunday December 7th from 11AM - ­4PM.

The curated sale will feature handcrafted contemporary objects from 12 artisans working in the Hudson Valley and NYC. The event will be held in the Wickham workshop, a renovated hat factory at 578 Main Street in Beacon, NY.

Jessica Wickham, the event organizer, is a furniture maker and partner of Hudson Woods. You may recall one of our earlier blog post about Jessica who draws inspiration for her work from time spent living in Japan, where finely crafted, handmade objects are an integral part of everyday life. You can also catch a recent profile of Jessica’s studio on Gardenista

This year, the event will feature a cafe serving holiday goodies, from Beacon favorites Five Hens Bakery and Tas Cafe. Admission is free.

Artisans participating in the sale:
21 Bridge Design:­­ stainless steel surfaces
Beaconknits: one­of­a­kind wool hats
Beth Bolgla Ceramics: functional pots made in Brooklyn
Gregory Powell Textiles: ­­ handwoven cotton textiles
Jenny Lee Fowler: fine paper cuttings
Kit Burke­Smith: hand­fabricated jewelry­
Lauren Sandler:­ contemporary ceramics
Ornamentum:­­ curated salon of artisans
Platform:­ turned wooden bowls + felted beach stones
SUGURU: printed silk scarves ­­
Ten Willow: hand blown Malfatti glassware ­­
Wickham Solid Wood Studio: black walnut charcuterie boards

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