As a regular reader of Design*Sponge, I took note recently when a blue ombre wooden chair was front and center on the popular design blog. The piece was stunning, modern, cutting-edge and a DIY component was added to the post. I had to check it out. Upon closer inspection I ended up clicking on designer Jesse Dresbach's Etsy store and then to his blog. And then there was the big reveal—Dresbach is from Santa Cruz. In fact, it turns out he even lives in my neighborhood. To find a furniture designer that far away on Design*Sponge, when in fact he's living just down the street is pretty serendipitous. I contacted Dresbach to see about doing a Q&A with him here on The Penny Rose, and he was more than willing. He also shared some of his recent work here including the piece above which was also featured previously on Design*Sponge.
What's the name of your company, and do you service mostly Santa Cruz residents, or do you have a wide-reaching net of customers?
How did you get into this business and what do you love about it?
I got into furniture redesign when I was living in an apartment, with a bunch of OK furniture I acquired along the way. I always wanted to redo my apartment, but my wallet disagreed. So, the next step was to just do it myself. I had fun and got a lot of great feedback and support from family and friends, who encouraged me to sell my work. I gave it a shot, had some success, and just kept working. I love the satisfaction of taking a piece of furniture that you wouldn't look twice at, and turning it into something people love. That's a really great feeling, and it's good for the environment too. It's definitely a lot of work, and tries to consume almost all my spare time, but it's very rewarding and I'm strict about taking days off.
How many times have you been featured on Design*Sponge? That's a big deal in the design community.
Barn Red Dresser Shelf (below): This is the perfect example of re-purposing an older piece. I let the furniture be my guide on this one. My mom came across this dresser, which was in bad shape. Broken drawers, tracks, you name it. But the bones were good, it was solid wood, and had a lot of charm. I ditched the top two drawers, opened it up, and turned it into a dresser shelf combo. I gave it a new paint job, and I put holes in the back for wires, if the new owner wanted to put a TV or stereo in the shelf. I always imagined a record player in it, I don't know why!