What inspires the vintage industiral Hudson Goods products?Our furniture is inspired by the Industrial Revolution. Back in the early 1900’s, furniture began to be mass produced in factories. It was made with all natural materials. There were no cheap veneers, particle board or composites. Tables were made with thick solid wood. Chairs were constructed from iron and steel. Lighting fixtures were all glass with metal hardware. No hand-made materials, plastic or synthetics. The furniture was functional and built to last. People used the tables to eat, chairs to sit and lights to see. None were built for display. They were built to be used.
The Hudson Goods philosophy-
At Hudson Goods we believe in the same philosophy and design aesthetic. Some of our products are exact replicas of vintage furniture from this period while others have a modern twist to bring them into the twenty first century. Our furniture is built to last and is tested by the highest of standards, our Jack Russell. If a Jack can jump and run on it then it’s good enough for everyday living. Coffee tables are meant to put your feet on and dining tables should take a spilled glass of wine or two. We believe that homes and the furniture in them are meant for living. You can’t do that if you’re afraid to mark the furniture or if you think it will break from too much use. We recognize that today’s consumer spends more time at home entertaining with family and friends. So we took vintage industrial style and updated for today’s modern consumer. We believe that each piece of furniture should be carefully selected and that it should take months to style a single room. That’s why we don’t sell bedroom sets or living room sets as many of our competitors. Each table, chair and light fixture is unique and can stand on its own. Each can be used alone, or grouped together to compliment one another. We’ve created a style that breaks traditional rules of interior design. Don’t hang just one mirror on the wall. Instead fill the entire wall with four or five oversized mirrors. Don’t hang one chandelier over the dining room table. Hang two or three and make your table the focal point of the room. Vintage industrial design allows us to be creative, think outside the box and reflect our individual personality. Track housing with three bedrooms, one and half baths and a single garage are a thing of the past. Today’s consumer wants to be different than their neighbors. They want their homes to be unique both inside and out. We use a variety of natural materials to make our furniture but we also believe in supporting our environment too. We use reclaimed wood and repurpose old materials wherever possible. Here are a few examples.
A few notes about reclaimed wood-
Most of the wood we use to build our furniture is reclaimed wood. It’s been salvaged from sources other than newly cut trees. In fact, reclaimed wood is harder and stronger than new wood. Years ago, manufacturing used trees that had grown in the wild for a hundred years. Today our natural forests are less and what remains are protected by law. So tree farms are now the primary source for new construction and they obviously can’t wait that long to cultivate a field of trees. The average growth is seven to ten years making the wood less hard and strong. In addition, reclaimed wood is weathered and aged bringing out the natural character and beauty of the wood. Our reclaimed wood mirrors are a perfect example of recycling aged wood. Salvaged from old boat docks, the wood on these mirrors is thick and heavy. It has gauges, distress marks and even a steel bolt or two remain from construction of the dock. Each mirror weighs over 200 pounds primarily from the weight of the wood and serves more as a work of art than a mirror on the wall. Most of our chairs and tables use reclaimed wood that has been salvaged from abandoned buildings such as old barns, mills and factories. Made with solid wood, our dining tables are built with reclaimed oak, elm and walnut woods. We even have chairs made from discarded wood pallets used to deliver freight to warehouses and stores. Reclaimed wood is not exclusive to our tables and chairs. We use the wood staves from old wine barrels to create unique chandeliers. They are hard wired to accommodate six, eight or twelve lit candles.
How repurposed materials play a part-
Many of our products have lived a prior life and have been repurposed to serve a new function. Demijohns are glass containers or bottles that were used to transport wine and other liquids. Now empty they have been hard wired with a light bulb to hang from the ceiling over your dining room table. Vintage canvas sacks were once used to transport the U.S. mail across the United States. Postal carriers carried them on their backs to deliver the mail. Today, we use those same sacks as material to upholster our sofas and settees. The vintage material and the random pattern of the lettering makes each piece a one of a kind. Vintage spools of yarn in a variety of bold colors have been hard wired with light bulbs to hang proudly from the ceiling. Vintage dye baskets used to dye fabric have also been transformed into pendant lighting to hang over the bar counter or kitchen island. Metal buckets that were used to pick olives in the field now hang upside down bringing light to the dinner table. We’ve even turned the tables and detached their wood legs. Hard wired with a light bulb at the bottom these legs hang from the ceiling as a unique lighting display for restaurants and commercial spaces.
What green products mean to us-
Another source of material we use is considered to be “green”; that which is biodegradable and therefore good for the environment. A number of our chandeliers are made from driftwood. Weathered wood that has washed up on shore has been transformed into lanterns that hang over the dining table. We source twigs from Poland that have fallen to the ground. Picked up they are carefully woven by hand to create a large basket chandelier. Burlap is another sustainable material that is used to create pendant lighting. Large dome shaped metal frames are wrapped in burlap to provide a warm glow of light over the supper table.
Looking beyond onto salvaged metal-
Besides furniture for the home, Hudson Goods also provides artwork for the wall. Each painting is hand painted in oil on an over-sized canvas to create a dramatic effect on the wall. Some are painted on traditional cloth canvas but we break the norm with our reclaimed metal canvas. Metal is salvaged from old barn roofs or manufacturing plants and welded together to create a blank canvas. The metal is heavily distressed with dents and holes from years of wear and tear. Then portraits of people, places and objects are painted on the metal canvas to create a one of a kind work piece of art.
We found hard proof in cement and lava rock-
Staying true to our use of all natural materials we introduced our Weather or Not collection of furniture. This collection includes tables, consoles, chairs and planters that can be used indoors or out. Originally intended for outdoor use, we find that this collection looks and functions just as good indoors as it does outside. The entire furniture collection is made from cement and lava rock. This is no lightweight furniture. Large pedestal tables with a four inch thick cement top cement weigh several hundred pounds each. The minimalist style and understated grey tones of these pieces make them more than just furniture. They are an art form. The natural material of cement and lava rock not only makes them heavy but extremely durable and resistant to the forces of mother nature. They are an investment that will last for years to come.
What about reproductions?
We enjoy using vintage artifacts as inspiration for our new furniture. But once in a while we stay true to the original piece. Sometimes it’s just too good to change. Our cafeteria tables are exact replicas of those used in the TastyCake factory during the early 1900’s. They came it three sizes, four seats, eight seats and twelve seats. Men and women needed a place to eat their lunch and take their coffee breaks. At that time there were no lounges or cafeterias. Staying true to the Industrial Revolution, these tables were made of solid iron with thick pine wood tops. They included seats that were attached to the iron base and swiveled in and out. The table was also bolted directly into the factory floor. Nothing fancy for factory workers. Today we reproduce the same table with the same materials. A cast iron base that is powder coated for outdoor use with a reclaimed wood top. It’s no longer used by factory workers but it’s found a new home. This table is popular among restaurants that cater to family style dining with large groups of diners. It also supports the new concept of shared work spaces. Employers share work spaces with common furniture to lower their cost for rent, utilities and equipment. The adjustable swivel stool was also a common staple in factories and warehouses. Workers sat on stools that adjusted in height to accommodate the task at hand. The stools also swiveled from side to side to support more physical tasks. No one sat still at a computer like we do today. So we reproduce this vintage work stool with welded steel and solid oak. They too have found a new home at the kitchen island or the local bar. They are durable, stable and the soft swivel promotes conversation between family and patrons.
Rolling out our newest Mid Century Modern collection-
Hudson Goods has introduced a line of Mid-Century modern furniture. Building off the industrial aesthetic, this period of furniture design appreciated both form and function. They married the two with simple lines in the construction of tables, chairs and lights that were also highly functional. We based our design on the more expressive and popular designers of the mid-century period. We referenced the simplicity of form and function by Charles and Ray Eames who helped shape American modernism in the 1950’s. We added in Adrian Pearsall’s architectural aesthetic while not forgetting the flamboyant Hollywood style of William Haines in the 1940’s. Combining vintage industrial with Mid-Century Modern furniture allows us to stay true to our past. A time when design aesthetic was an equal partner with function. What makes this collection unique is the color choice of fabrics and at times, the exaggerated lines of the piece. Take for example our high back chairs. They can be used for casual seating or for a formal dinner party. The exceptionally high back creates a dramatic effect only if the fabric color doesn’t grab you first. We’ve chosen primary colors like green, blue and orange but turned the volume up to make them stand out. Some might call them avocado or fuchsia but we just call them wow. This seating compliments our choice of lighting. We cranked up the dial on Mid-Century globe lighting. Clear glass globes are constructed in groups of six, eight and twelve lights. Yet the frame and design of the fixtures are clean lines with solid brass. They make a statement without over powering the furniture in the room.
At Hudson Goods we believe that it’s not just furniture. We’re not saying it should take ten years or more to decorate your home but you should love each piece. If not, you will find yourself shopping for new furniture every few years. Buy quality, buy what you really like and it will be an investment that will last for years. You will also enjoy living in a home that reflects your individual personality.