A few weeks ago, I was invited to visit Greenville, South Carolina. I was particularly interested in this visit because of the craftsmen, artisans, and food entrepreneurs’ enthusiasm to introduce themselves to me and show off their workspaces, wares, and talent–something that I’ve been interested in ever since I started my work with the American Made Movement–along with a personal love of discovery found in the maker community. Not knowing exactly what to expect, I agreed and flew down.I also met with Jaryd Walley, artisan of Mobili Farm Tables. Jaryd’s workspace and craftsmanship is beyond-words amazing. The past-time set designer and prop maker hand-builds and designs all his tables with a special love and exceptional precision. Walking into his cavernous converted mill studio, I was greeted by an enormous American Made sign he had created exclusively for the American Made event. Jaryd was proud to tell me how much Living has played a part in his inspiration. Jaryd gave me a quick 101 on furniture history in the Southeast, and let me have a look around his simply breathtaking workspace and showroom. Most of the wood Jaryd works with is reclaimed or discovered by Jaryd and has a story of its own. Leaving his studio made me dizzy with respect for craftsmen like Jaryd. The time, dedication, and labor they’ve invested into becoming the masters of their craft is overwhelming. Jaryd has been designing his tables for years. I asked him casually, why tables? He answered that tables brought the two things he loves most together: family and food. Good answer.
Mobili Farm Tables has been making reclaimed tables for over 13 years. before the resent trends of using reclaimed materials for products. Its not and has never been a trend to us but a passion to build the best tables available . A huge difference between what we do and how we build our tables can be seen in an instant as soon as you look at our tables compared to others. I could go on and on about joinery and craftsmanship in detail of why ours are better.The answer is not really how we build our tables but who builds it. A true artist must have the ability,skill and artistic workmanship to create each table with passion and soul to highlight quality from start to finish. Mobili Farm Tables handcrafted tables with passion and soul → Read more
Mobili farm tables makers of museum quality reproduction furniture. Mostly early American and Shaker style farm tables and furniture. Located in the upstate of South Carolina. Handcrafting farm tables and furniture from antique Eco friendly 200 year old heart pine from Camp Sevier. a former US Army Corps base from 1916 to 1922 that camped 120,000 troops and was the leading training facility for the southeast for World War I. Jaryd Walley, artist and owner of Mobili Farm Tables, utilizes his talents from his former career as a sought after scenery & prop maker in Hollywood California. → Read more
A Short History of Sideboards by Graham Blackburn
Items deemed worthy of display in living rooms and parlors found a home in display cabinets, essentially more sophisticated versions of dressers, which had begun as low, table-height cupboards used for display in wealthy medieval halls. These dressers eventually acquired open shelving above to become the form now implied by the term. → Read more
In the United States, the Arts and Crafts Movement took on a distinctively more bourgeois flavor. While the European movement tried to recreate the virtuous world of craft labor that was being destroyed by industrialization, Americans tried to establish a new source of virtue to replace heroic craft production: the tasteful middle-class home. They thought that the simple but refined aesthetics of Arts and Crafts decorative arts would ennoble the new experience of industrial consumerism, making individuals more rational and society more harmonious. In short, the American Arts and Crafts Movement was the aesthetic counterpart of its contemporary political movement: Progressivism. → Read more
The chair is of extreme antiquity, although for many centuries and indeed for thousands of years it was an article of state and dignity rather than an article of ordinary use. “The chair” is still extensively used as the emblem of authority in the British House of Commons and in public meetings. It was not, in fact, until the 16th century that it became common anywhere. The chest, the bench and the stool were until then the ordinary seats of everyday life, and the number of chairs which have survived from an earlier date is exceedingly limited; most of such examples are of ecclesiastical or seigniorial origin. Our knowledge of the chairs of remote antiquity is derived almost entirely from monuments, sculpture and paintings. A few actual examples exist in the British Museum, in the Egyptian museum at Cairo, and elsewhere. → Read more
You can see more photos in Cabinetry Gallery of this Award Winning Corporate space cabinetry and corporate dining room custom table and credenza by Jaryd Walley Mobili LLC.
The corporate apartment above Soby’s on the Side serves two functions – it is both a living and an entertaining space.
It just depends on which direction you turn when you go up the stairs at the side entrance, tucked between Soby’s and Soby’s On the Side in downtown Greenville. Go to the right, and you enter the residence, but go to the left and you are in the heart of dinner party central.
Gina Boulware, director of marketing at Soby’s, said the apartment was an opportunity to provide something new to the area.
“So it just worked out to be really unique,” she added.
The apartment suite (living room, two beds, and two baths) will run you $400 per night.
Dinner in the apartment begins at $80 per person for four courses, plus hors d’ouvres upon arrival. The dining room table can seat up to 24.
The apartment was conceived in a moment of novelty; nobody knew what to do with the extra space above Soby’s on the Side.
The apartment has hosted everybody from Hillary Clinton to Kurt Russell to NHL Hall of Famer Don Edwards to members of the Egyptian military. But regular folks can still use it, too.
Like its clients, the décor is an eclectic mix, best described as shabby chic. “I wanted to give the apartment a lofty feel,” says Nathan Fowler of Fowler Interiors, the company responsible for the décor. “Yet cozy at the same time.”
Original brick walls peep out from sophisticated and finely finished paint. Modern glass art complements framed historic pieces and works by local artists. The goal was to create a comfortable, personal feel.
The best part of the whole space, according to Boulware?
“It’s like being in somebody’s home,” she said, “but you don’t have to cook or clean up.”
American furniture of the 19th Century was directly influenced by English and French designs. Not surprisingly, many of the earliest woodworkers in the United States came from Europe, and brought with them an already-flourishing industry. A worldwide fascination with classical lines and intricately detailed designs had moved to North America and started what would become a fundamental part of history. → Read more