The Challenge: To Make Beautiful Objects From Wood Remnants
The Joinery, Portland’s iconic furniture company, kicks off its annual Metamortise design competition to create unique furniture pieces from leftover scrap materials. The company exhibits the one-of-a-kind pieces on their website and in an event at its SE Woodstock showroom starting April 20th. Consumers can vote for their favorite piece online, and one lucky voter will be chosen at random to win the piece of their choice. The Metamortise kick off event is open to the public and will be held on Saturday, April 22nd, from 2 – 4 pm, in which you can meet The Joinery Metamortise craftspeople along with the highschool student makers.
For the 2017 event, The Joinery partnered with Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical High School. The Joinery donated leftover scrap wood to the high school Design and Architecture students for their projects. The students produced handcrafted items such as lamps, pendants, artwork and puzzles, to be exhibited at The Joinery’s SE location during Design Week Portland. The items will be sold thru a silent auction from April 22nd thru April 30th as a benefit for Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical High School.
Adhering to the company’s sustainability mission of recycling 100% of its wood waste, owner and CEO Jon Blumenauer challenged the teams to think creatively. “The wood takes on a new life as it is upcycled into a different product and, very importantly, the leftovers stay out of the landfill.”
The Joinery does not send a scrap of wood, or even a puff of sawdust, to a landfill. All scrap lumber is recycled into new products or donated to local woodshop programs and our community. The Joinery woodshop boasts a dust collection system and briquette machine that collects all sawdust and transforms it into wood briquettes that are donated to the community.
The Metamortise pieces are available to view starting Thursday, April 20th online at TheJoinery.com, as well as at The Joinery’s SE Portland showroom at 4804 SE Woodstock.
Founded in 1982, The Joinery specializes in handcrafted hardwood furniture in traditional and modern designs, using classic joinery techniques and proprietary finishing oils. It offers an extensive catalog of standard pieces – each built to order from a range of hardwood and hardware options – as well as virtually limitless custom capabilities for both residential and commercial markets. As durable as it is beautiful, all residential furniture from The Joinery is warranted for a lifetime.
The Joinery is a Certified B CorporationTM. Since 2010, The Joinery have been a part of this growing list of companies that actively use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. The Joinery has been listed on the B Corp “Best for the Environment List” in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and named to Oregon Business magazine’s “100 Best Green Companies to Work for” for 2015 and 2016. The Joinery is a leading adopter of sustainable business practices and contributes extensively to the community. For more information please visit TheJoinery.com, on Facebook: TheJoineryPDX, Instagram @TheJoinery, and Twitter @TheJoinery.