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.