MIX opens at Southern Exposure

Over the past few weeks my focus has shifted to developing new projects for wowhaus, my public art and design collaboration with my wife, Ene Osteraas-Constable. Many of our projects have their origins as ‘social sculpture’, where we create structures and situations designed to bring people together in convivial exchange. Yesterday we introduced MIX, our […]

Bull Kelp Experiment 1

It is High Spring on the Sonoma Coast and I’m finding my interest in woven structures is shared by birds, whose nests are literally dropping from trees with the afternoon winds from an unseasonably high barometric pressure. My initial experiments with bull kelp were a success. Wrapped around a tapered round of driftwood, the material […]

The Jay Martin Chair

In summertime when I was a kid my family would make the annual pilgrimage to the Connecticut coast to visit my mother’s parents, who lived in a converted ‘pony barn’ a few hundred yards from the Long Island Sound. My grandfather was an accomplished woodworker, and their humble home was filled with furniture he had […]

Lessons from Samone

I had a tiny shop in our garage in the flatlands of North Oakland when Ene and I first moved to California in the early nineties after circuitous travels through West Africa, across the United States and into Alaska. I had been deeply inspired by working with the village menusiers of Togo, and was just […]

Bull Kelp at Salmon Creek Beach

I’ve been collecting Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) to experiment with its material properties and possible use in a woven structure, such as a seat for the California Windsor Chair I am developing. This time of year the kelp beds are far offshore, but I’m hoping to prepare for the fall, when storms begin to wash […]

Dairy Barn Chair

I discovered this chair in an abandoned dairy barn in Tomales, California, among artifacts from a formerly productive cattle ranch just down the coast in West Marin County. It is a good example of “maintenance equals improvement” in that the original rush-woven seat has been replaced by a woven leather seat improvised by the deceased […]