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DEZEEN | Nicole Hollis creates blackened wood library for its San Francisco studio

March 20, 2018

Interior design studio Nicole Hollis has inserted charred black boxes for storing project materials into its new offices in San Francisco. Read more here.

The Brewer's Table East Austin

Austin Chronicle | The Brewer's Table Is Not Your Average Brewpub

March 9, 2018

"It's not about how beer and food pair together," says Jake Maddux, founder of East Austin's upcoming restaurant, the Brewer's Table. "It's about how they are the same thing." The wood-focused restaurant and brewery – which previewed its concept over the past year with pop-up dinners in Austin and around the country, and is slated to open at the end of March – brings together executive chef Zach Hunter, formerly of Fixe, and head brewer Drew Durish, from Live Oak Brewing. Over the last 12 months, the two have taught one another their respective crafts, and the result is food-focused beer and beer-focused food. Read more here.

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DWELL | A Look Inside The French Laundry's Stunning $10M Renovation

March 8, 2018

Since its opening in 1994, The French Laundry has been recognized as a beloved mecca for fine French cuisine. Now, the high-end restaurant is giving guests another reason to make a reservation. After collaborating with design studio Snøhetta and San Francisco–based firm Envelope A+D, Chef Keller has recently unveiled the highly anticipated renovation for his exclusive Wine Country eatery located in Yountville, California. Read more here.

The French Laundry Shou Sugi Ban Wood

DEZEEN | Snøhetta revamps The French Laundry restaurant with fritted glass extension

February 22, 2018

The addition is clad in contemporary-looking fritted glass and rustic charred wood — shou sugi ban — by Delta Millworks. Both materials contrast with the historic stonework of the original building. "The new architecture is shaped by simple geometries that are both modern and reminiscent of agrarian architectural forms," said Snøhetta, which has offices in Oslo and New York.

Read more here.

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Architectural Digest | Look Inside The French Laundry’s Stunning New Kitchen by Snøhetta

February 20, 2018

Venerated chef Thomas Keller has gone through five kitchens at his three-Michelin-starred restaurant The French Laundry, but demolition day is always bittersweet. “It was a very sad moment for me when the first tractor broke down the kitchen wall,” he says of his latest renovation, which started in 2014 and finished up last year. Read more here.


VOGUE | The French Laundry’s New Look? A Culinary Garden of Eden

February 12, 2018

The French Laundry’s new courtyard—the result of a three-year renovation that saw the Yountville, California restaurant completely overhaul its entire interior and exterior—is like a culinary connoisseur’s Garden of Eden: filled with Japanese maples, purple leaf plums, white climbing roses, and most importantly, Chef Thomas Keller’s three-Michelin starred cuisine. Read more here.

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Wallpaper | The French Laundry’s redesign by Snøhetta is revealed

February 20, 2018

Thomas Keller’s three-starred Michelin restaurant in Yountville, California has been a foodie staple since its opening in 1994. The French Laundry is known for its fine French cuisine and high culinary culture – yet this is the first major design overhaul of the eatery’s headquarters in over two decades. Read more here.

Kebony Black Stained Wood

ARCHITECT | Kebony Half Gator by Delta Millworks

February 2, 2018

These wood panels use the Japanese charring method to create a subtle reptilian-like surface suitable for indoor and outdoor applications. Part of Delta Millworks’ Shou Sugi Ban collection, Norwegian wood producer Kebony’s Half Gator wood panels use the Japanese charring method to create a subtle reptilian-like surface suitable for indoor and outdoor applications. Read more here.

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The Architects Newspaper | 2018 AIANY Design Awards winners announced

January 8, 2018

AIA New York announced the recipients of their 2018 Design Awards tonight at the Center for Architecture, and the winners were once again varied across project type, scale, and country.

Narrowing their scope from the 35 winners chosen last year, this year’s group of distinguished AIA New York members presented exceptional examples of work the world over, with only 12 of the 32 projects based in New York. Read more here.

Del Mar San Francisco Shou Sugi Ban Wood Bar

Eater SF | A New Tropical Bar Swings Into the Marina

January 31, 2018

The bar’s ambiance is built around custom jungle print wallpaper from the Brooklyn-based designers Flavor Paper. It also features hand-built swings and swing chairs — sure to be coveted seating — a spray painted surfing mural by local artist Camer1, and a wood back bar made from Shou Sugi Ban Cypress from Delta Millworks in Austin, Texas. Read more here.

The Sleeve House Taghkanic, NY

New York Times | What you get for $2.1 Million

In the Hudson Valley town of Taghkanic, N.Y., a custom-designed home called the Sleeve House, with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, is on the market for $2.1 million. Read more here.

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Star Tribune | An ancient Japanese wood-charring technique is finding new fans in Minnesota

December 30, 2017

Delta Millworks supplied all the shou sugi ban for Josh and Trish Hanson’s stark, modernist abode on Little Carnelian Lake, in Stillwater Township. Their 7,300-square-foot house, designed by SALA architect Katherine Hillbrand, is practically covered in Delta’s “half-gator” shou sugi ban, both inside and out. Read more here.

Trumpf Smart Factory Wood and Steel

Dezeen | Barkow Leibinger clads Rust Belt factory in oxidised steel

December 19, 2017

The factory is situated in the countryside near Chicago O'Hare International Airport, among many other manufacturing and warehouse buildings.

"Against the backdrop of the surrounding industrial zones, its immediate setting appears almost idyllic: organised into two large volumes, the building gently slopes back towards a large retention pond, a reservoir within the wetlands surrounded by lawns," said the architecture firm. Read more here.

Trumpf Smart Factory Hoffman Estates

Chicago Tribune | Best architecture of 2017

December 15, 2017

Can a factory be beautiful? Yes, if it’s the Trumpf Smart Factory in northwest suburban Hoffman Estates. Designed by Berlin architects Barkow Leibinger as an outpost of a leading machine tool manufacturer based near Stuttgart, Germany, the small but stylish factory shows potential clients what Trumpf’s digitally networked machines can make out of sheet metal. Read more here.

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Architects Newspaper | 2017 Best of Design Awards for Residential

December 11, 2017

These simple, dark buildings are approached via a farm road that winds through the town’s dense thicket of scrub oak. A broad stair links a large south-facing porch back to the farm road and provides pedestrian access through the field to the beaches beyond. Read more here.

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Chicago Tribune | Along I-90, stylish 'smart factory' combines space, structure, salesmanship

December 3, 2017

Along Interstate 90, out there in the land beyond O’Hare and the Schaumburg Ikea store, you’ll find a robust but refined work of modernism that is part showroom, part factory and altogether persuasive in its synthesis of industry and art. Read more here.


New England Home | A Renovated Condo in Boston’s South End

November 15, 2017

An imaginative design plan is carried out with exquisite attention to the details, turning a featureless Boston condominium into a sophisticated stunner. Read more here.

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Dwell | 10 Striking Homes Featuring the Japanese Art of Shou Sugi Ban

November 8, 2017

Though its exact origins are unknown, historians believe the method— which involves charring Japanese cedar with fire, brushing it, cooling it, cleaning it, and varnishing it with a natural oil—began in Japan around the 1600s or 1700s. Read more here.

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Architectural Record | Trumpf Smart Factory by Barkow Leibinger

October 31, 2017

The buildings that line Interstate 90 in Illinois are typically undistinguished, banal, light-industrial boxes and chain motor inns. The Trumpf Smart Factory, just northwest of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, defies that convention with its bold use of corrugated, rust-colored Corten steel sheets and glass for a facility designed by the firm of Barkow Leibinger. Read more here.

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DWELL | A Guide to Shou Sugi Ban

November 6, 2017

The shou sugi ban exterior of this home overlooking Lake Michigan was inspired by the architects' exposure to the technique on a trip to Japan. Austin-based Delta Millworks treated the cedar, which was then used as cladding and as details throughout the interior. Read more here.

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Wallpaper | Las Alcobas, Napa Valley, USA

September 22, 2017

It’s hard to believe that, given the waves of well-heeled visitors that break upon its endless horizon of vineyards, Napa Valley has not had a new luxury resort in seven years. Read more here.

Lake Michigan Reclaimed Wood Paneling

INHABITAT | Stunning Lake Michigan Home is Built from Dying Ash Reclaimed Onsite

October 10, 2017

This stunning timber home embraces the Midwestern landscape with its design and use of local, reclaimed materials. Designed by Desai Chia Architects in collaboration with Environment Architects (AOR), the Michigan Lake House boasts stunning lake views and a striking folded roof. The site-sensitive home features a native plant palette and stormwater management in addition to locally sourced and salvaged materials. Read more here.


INTERIOR DESIGN: HOMES | In Martha's Vineyard, Gray Organschi and Aaron Schiller Meticulously Craft a Family Home

April 6, 2017

“One if by land, two if by sea,” is how architect Aaron Schiller describes the experience of arriving at this house, on a sloped site with dramatic views of the Atlantic. Schiller’s description is both charming and literal. The northern approach leads straight to the main floor of the 6,200-square-foot five-bedroom, a barnlike gabled volume clad in cedar charred in the manner of Japanese shou sugi ban. Read more here.

Sleeve House Long Island, NY

Dezeen | a/o Builds slanted holiday home in Hudson Valley

October 24, 2017

Designed and built by Actual/Office Architects, this vacation home in upstate New York consists of two nested volumes wrapped in angled screens made of blackened wood. Read more here.

The Sleeve House Taghkanic, NY

DWELL | The Sleeve House

September 20, 2017

This truly unique, hyper-contemporary, 3-BR/2.5-BA, 2,500 sf, all-season weekend home, is located in Taghkanic & sited on nearly 15 acres of open, rolling meadows, a setting that affords privacy, as well as dramatic valley & mountain views. As enigmatic as it is practical, the structure has intimate spaces for cooking, dining, & living, a tall, thin vertical slice for circulation, & a dramatic entry gallery. The sustainably-sourced Accoya wood skin, charred by a Japanese finishing technique called “shou sugi ban,” gives the house’s façade a rough, weathered texture, a contemporary reinterpretation of the exteriors of old Hudson Valley barns. Both ends of the home feature glass walls for maximal views of the surrounding countryside. With all of its accoutrements, including a roof-top deck, this home is perfect for the truly contemporary lifestyle. Read more here.

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New York Times | The Latest Design Trend: Black and Burned Wood

September 19, 2017

An ancient Japanese technique protects cedar by charring it a witchy charcoal. Its having a renaissance in the West. Read more here.

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DWELL | Plagued Ash Trees Were Repurposed to Create This Charred-Cedar Clad Home on Lake Michigan

September 13, 2017

Can chopping down trees to build a house be an act of preservation? Mike and Barb Collins cleared about a hundred trees from the Leelanau County, Michigan, lot they bought in 2012 in order to make way for a vacation home. About 40 of them were ash trees, which, in northern Michigan and elsewhere, are being devastated by a beetle infestation that was first discovered near Detroit in 2002. The insect, known as the Emerald Ash Borer, apparently was an unwitting passenger when some wood pallets were delivered to the U.S. from Asia and has since spread to 30 states. Read more here.

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REMODELISTA | Remodeling 101: Shou Sugi Ban Charred Wood

August 20, 2017

Repeat after us: shou sugi ban. Devised as a way to make wood less susceptible to fire and to keep away insects and rot, this longstanding Japanese method involves torching your building materials. The results are long lived and hauntingly beautiful. And the good news is that charred wood is now widely available for domestic use. Read more here.

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Kebony and Delta Millworks Launch Charred Timber Cladding

April 11, 2017

St. Clair, MI – April 11, 2017 –Technologically enhanced wood manufacturer Kebony® today announced it is now partnering with Austin, Texas-based Delta Millworks to produce a line of Shou Sugi Ban modified timber cladding and interior paneling, according to Kebony USA Sales Manager Andy Hehl.

The new cladding and paneling range, called Kebony Shou Sugi Ban by Delta Millworks, utilizes the ancient Japanese techniques of burning, brushing or pre-weathering timber to provide a long-lasting and striking wood cladding product. This unique manufacturing process of Kebony has been used in the UK for the past eight years and will now be available for projects in the US, produced through Delta Millworks.

“Kebony is not only durable but highly versatile to work with,” Delta Millworks owner Robbie Davis said. “The charred effect adds uniquely dynamic texture to the surface of the wood, and as we’ve commercialized it production-level scale, it’s proven to be a popular exterior finish for modern residential and commercial projects.”

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WSJ: One of the World’s Best Restaurants Gets an Update

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...

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Black Beauties: 18 Dark Residential Products Bringing Sexy Back

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 Here

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Dwell: Get Smart

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.

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Dwell: The New American Home

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.

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5280 Magazine: 25 Best Restaurants

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 Here

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A Chemical-Free Way to Preserve, and Beautify, Wood: Set It on Fire

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....

Tribeza Architecture Issue

Tribeza: The Architecture Issue

October 2015

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.

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January 2015

Delta Millworks: Let it Burn- A young visionary took over his family business and started a new movement in the design world.

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Woodworking Network: Delta Millworks begins charring Accoya treated wood using shou sugi ban process

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 Here

Remodelista: Global Color

Remodelista: Global Color

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 Here

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Tribeza: Architecture Issue 2014

October 2014

Fun House: A stunning confluence of rustic farmhouse and modern flourishes create a stage that welcomes serious play, easy entertaining and usual messiness of family life.


Tribiza: The Architecture Issue

October 2011

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 Here

Austin Materials Marketplace

Austin Materials Marketplace

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 Here

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