This year, a friend introduced me to an amazing store in Glen Mills, PA called Terrain (http://www.shopterrain.com). Between the gardens, the store, and the unique restaurant and cafe tucked in a nook in the back of the store, there is something for everyone if you have some extra $$ to burn.
As a woodworker, I appreciate the work that Terrain sells. I could sit in their store all day, just staring at their counter. (I can be really awkward. Believe me. I know.) But seriously. So. Cool. Look at this:
In the months that followed my initial visit, Terrain seemed to be everywhere. They created the incredible outdoor space at Teikoku, my favorite sushi restaurant. And then while I was selling in VT this summer, the designer at Terrain approached my booth and talked about a store he was opening in Vermont. And he happened to live the next town over from me in Pennsylvania. Small world.
Terrain’s product line is a mix of rustic wood items, greens, and shiny, bling-y pieces. Some of the wood products are similar to what I’ve created over the years, like the slabs pictured. They sell very thin, blonde wood slab plate holders for your dining room table settings. I know there’s an official name for what that fancy plate is that holds your dinner plate for holidays. I just have no idea what it is – I think it’s the name of that muscle car Chris wanted a few years back. A charger or something. But that fancy plate thats just for looks and not for eating off of (as I now know) is what I’m talking about.
Said friend is a frequent shopper at Terrain, and after seeing the dinner plate holder things, she asked me to create something similar: a custom, two-toned black walnut slab centerpiece for her kitchen table. It hovers over the table on thin wood slabs. The edges are sanded with sections of bark still incorporated. Many coats of shellac later, it was ready for its new home:
Check out Terrain if you’re in the Philly area! And as always, shoot me an email for affordable, one-of-a-kind pieces.