How many times have you bought a piece of a furniture and then seen that same piece of furniture 5+ other places?
Truly unique furniture is hard to find, but every once in a while you come across something so unique no price seems too daunting (well, so long as you don’t have to pay for it!)
Greg Klassen, the man responsible for creating furniture with a river running through it, is a talented artist operating a one-man show—he designs, sources, and creates all of his artwork from start to finish.
He makes it clear that he is not a company, everything you order comes directly from him, and he crafts each piece one at a time.
Which is a good thing because this Washington-based artist creates some amazing work.
Greg has an assortment of different products, but one of his most incredible collections just has to be the River Collection.
Every functional piece in this exquisite assortment includes a river flowing through it, although how the river bends through the wood furniture varies depending on the shape and size of the piece–there’s something to fit in every corner of your house.
Plus, by using different bases and textures throughout the collection, Greg has made something to fit a wide variety of styles.
A body of replicated water flows through the design, sort of like a topographical map with amazing texture.
A perfectly cut layer of glass covers the river, allowing the piece to remain 100% functional, even though at first glance it looks too pretty to be useful.
So what inspired Greg to create the River Collection? Just below his work studio flows the Nooksack River where the natural scenes excite and inspire him to keep on creating. Just as every tree in the Pacific Northwest is different, Greg makes every piece of art unique as well.
If you are into saving the planet (like you should be!), you’ll be happy to know that Greg uses sustainable methods for collecting all of his wood materials.
Greg enjoys venturing to the local sawmill where he handpicks raw woods for each project he dreams up. Finding the perfect cuts of wood is a detailed process.
It’s not just about beauty; Greg likes to create practical art people can actually put to use.
But don’t confuse practical for ordinary, Greg’s art is anything but traditional. Even the pieces that are not in the River Collection include intricate details, each one so exceptional you can imagine all of the conversation it would spark in your own home.
Every last detail of Greg’s work is jaw dropping, from the texture of the wood to the delicately chiseled and impeccably shaped sides.
Greg Klassen has been featured in national magazines, and bragged about by Martha Stewart. His work has also won many awards at some of the most prestigious art shows. Greg is dedicated to producing quality work and it shows, which is why people from all over the world are forking over a lot of cash to own Greg’s creations.
As the story often goes, many years ago Greg was a theology major without any clue life would turn him into an artist. Today, he can’t imagine doing anything else. After all he loves his job as an artist, where he is excited to get started each day before work. As the wise say, do what you love and you never work a day in your life!
Although you better get to work if you want to afford one of Greg Klassen’s River Collection pieces, which start around $3,800 for smaller selections and go up to $9,000 for larger works. Greg Klassen offers pieces that are a little less in price but just not in his highly detailed River Collection.