Custom made in the Crescent City: 5 New Orleans furniture makers to know – NOLA.com
A self-described neurotic wood hunter, Schmidt favors working with new materials but doesn’t buy from a lumberyard. Instead, he scours Craigslist for backyard sawmills. A tree falls in someone’s backyard, and the DIY lumberjacks get to work, then sell the wood online. Most of the mills Schmidt finds are in the Midwest.
“There’s a fun little community of people doing it,” he said.
Past projects include a Jens Risom-inspired, mid-century modern side table and a hickory and oak coffee table with a slat shelf underneath for storage. Inspired by Danish Modernists, Schmidt prescribes to an essentialist design philosophy: every piece of the design is essential to the piece’s functionality. His furniture blends into a space instead of stealing the spotlight.
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