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January 17, 2017
“FOUR YEARS AGO we started out with the idea that we were only going to remodel the wine cellar,” says a smiling Thomas Keller, standing outside the French Laundry, his landmark three-Michelin-star restaurant in Yountville, California. Dressed in tailored black trousers, leather clogs and his customary bespoke Isaia chef’s coat, Keller, 61, surveys what has become a much larger construction site.
Six buildings have now been demolished on the restaurant’s half-acre campus to make room for a new 1,981-square-foot kitchen; a separate 2,120-square-foot annex for offices, an area for butchering and 16,000 bottles of wine; and 9,000 square feet of fresh landscape design, including a new dedicated pathway onto the property that leads into the dining room.
To enter the restaurant, guests will first pass through a row of Japanese maple trees and an openair threshold cut into a wall made from local basalt. Beyond that, they’ll see the kitchen, skinned with contrasting materials. On the left: panels of fritted glass. On the right: gray-brown wood...more
December 6, 2016
Delta Millworks: Exterior Siding
Delta’s charred shou sugi ban siding looks absolutely stunning on house exteriors. It’s offered in three species and multiple styles: Noroshi (Half Gator); Accoya (Gator, Hewn Gator, Gator Shingles, B&B or Texas Barnwood); and Douglas Fir (B&B). The planks and shingles are dimensionally stable and moisture resistant. Read More Heremore
July/August 2016, Vol. 16 Issue 07
Scott MacFiggen and Regina Bustamante, tech industry veterans from Silicon Valley, called on architect Christi Azevedo to rebrand a fusty house in San Francisco’s Noe Valley, starting with the street view. Cedar boards, charred using the Japanese technique shou sugi ban, replaced plywood siding.more
February 2016, Vol. 16 Issue 02
Native New Yorkers, the Merola family have long held a tradition of spending summers in Rhode Island. When they learned the costs of renovating their existing cottage would significantly outweigh the benefits, they instead opted to build new. The result—a distinctively modernist box structure clad in milled slats of charred, brushed, and oiled cypress manufactured by Delta Millworks—sits nestled within the marshy landscape of Quonochontaug Pond.more
October 2016, Vol. 24, No. 4
Hunting for this year’s top restaurants revealed one thing: Denver’s dining scene has never been more diverse, dynamic, or delicious. No matter what you’re craving—casual and loud, buttoned-up and quiet, or a mashup of all the above—it’s right here, right now. Read More Heremore
February 9, 2016
Pre-burning the surface like this actually makes the wood more resistant to fire, a serious concern in 1700s Japan (when the technique was commonly used), as all houses then were made out of wood. But the developers of this technique also discovered that it made the wood more resistant to both rot and pests. More recently it's been discovered that the charred wood is also UV-resistant.
As a result, a shou sugi ban finish can reportedly last for some 80 to 100 years, virtually maintenance-free. (This is not only easier on the wallet, but allows you to participate in the global trend of letting future generations worry about fixing up your stuff. Score!)
Some American firms have adopted the technique, having learned of its preserving effects, and put their own spin on it. Texas-based Delta Millworks, for instance, has applied it to far more breeds than the Japanese Cedar it was originally designed for, offering a stunning range of aesthetics....more
Like many newcomers, my first evening in Austin culminated with a late night performance at the Continental Club. I don’t remember who played, but I remember feeling at home with a band onstage and people dancing across the floor. We took a cab back to the hostel, and as we drove, I remember looking out the window and thinking how I had never been to a place that looked quite like Austin. The aesthetic of the architecture, mid-century modern, Spanish Colonial, and turn-of-the-century Victorians all seamlessly blending together, was inspiring.more
July 7, 2016
Delta Millworks says it has begun finishing and charring the specialty treated Accoya wood, following requests to adapt shou-sugi-ban wood finishing to modern architecture. The Japanese burned their native species wood for centuries, which served a sacred and practical purpose. Read More Heremore
July 27, 2015, Vol. 9, Issue 30
Playing with Fire: Shou Sugi Ban Torched Lumber in Bright Colors
Now surfacing: shou sugi ban–Japanese-style charred wood–in eye-opening shades. Torched first, the planks are then stained to create a combination that accentuates the pattern of the grain while introducing a dose of color. The new palette is being offered by two shou sugi ban specialists, Delta Millworks of Austin, Texas, has interior and exterior applications. Take a look at some samples, and start picturing the possibilities. Read More Heremore
The Balcones House: Meet Elizabeth Alford and Michael Young Husband-wife design team, two-thirds of the acclaimed local architecture and design studio Pollen, and the proud parents of two children and a recently completed "labor of love" in Austin's Mount Bonnell neighborhood. This project features our vertical grain yellow pine back in early 2011 Read More Heremore
Jul 31, 2015
Students from Eastside Memorial High School Develop New Business Model to Deal with Wood By-products
Over the last four weeks, the Austin Materials Marketplace and Austin Resource Recovery has had the pleasure of working with a group of ~20 students from Eastside Memorial High School through the Skillpoint Alliance's Velocity Prep Program. Students were tasked with developing a holistic business solution for wood by-products generated by local Austin wood shops. Read More Heremore