Gorgeous Reclaimed Wood Tables Embedded with Glass Rivers

Greg Klassen is a furniture maker in the Pacific Northwest who finds inspiration in its landscape and translates that into his work. His River Collection is a series of intricately designed and handcrafted tables that feature embedded, blueish-green glass “rivers” running throughout each piece. The naturally uneven edges of the wood and their vivid grains provide the perfect “shore” to mimic bodies of water.

Each of Klassen's tables showcase gorgeous details within the wood; we see knots, swirling grains, and other imperfections that make his work truly one-of-a-kind. It's complemented by the specially-cut glass that connects two otherwise separate pieces of wood or fills in its natural holes. Klassen used trees that were sustainably harvested from the banks of the Noonsack river, so with every new table he builds, discarded trees have a new life through functional art.

Greg Klassen website
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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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