gallery - reed bros

Reed Bros. Ltd purchased an existing structure at 1314 Virgina St. in Charleston, WV. CDC worked with the owner to design and develop the building into 6000 sq ft of new office space. The renovation took place in three phases and was delivered on budget and schedule. The reception area features indirect lighting and mahogany woodwork. The door to the CEO's office has panels of very dense ribbon grain that we call flame mahogany. We try to make our door panels from thick figured wood and resaw them ourselves to create the strong pattern and symmetry. The conference room features a two board table (4x19 x 12x19) of mahogany and 10 custom built mahogany and wenge chairs. We used multiple levels of indirect lighting and also six halogen can lights. A rear projection smart board is at the end of the room. A view of the legs of the conference table for this oil and gas firm show the influence of early field structures in their industry such as oil derricks and railroad trestles. Our conference tables are normally solid wood, not veneer. The incredible curly mahogany we found inspired the CEO's desk. This matched pair of boards has an incredible luminosity, reflecting light to such a degree it appears to give off light. We designed and built a custom couch to go with the desk (previous photo) in the CEO's office. The couch has end panels matching the desk and a specially designed ash suspension system built in under the custom leather upholstry. The main entry stairs were a collaboration with Jeff Fetty, ( A frequent collaborator, these stairs depict Jeff's interpretation of the strata of the earth that Reed Bros. drills, looking for displaced layers which may allow pooling of natural gas. We used quartersawn white oak treads on his iron stairs. He put a patina on the metal that matched perfectly with our mahogany. The stairs descend to the lower level where you walk into a lounge just outside a custom kitchen. The ceiling is coffered with cherry beams and curly maple ceiling   the walls have figured cherry wainscoting. The lounge leads to the gallery space which is set up to take advantage of a display case and fine gallery lighting. Jeff Fetty contributes again with a pair of massive table legs supporting the lunch tables. The owner is avidly interested in geology and commissioned this illuminated cabinet to display the more rare finds in their collection. We made 50 chairs for this office. Upstairs all were wenge and mahogany while the downstairs chairs were walnut and cherry. The arms are steambent for strength to allow for continuous grain and no breaks in the material. The library conference table is made of curly cherry and walnut. This cherry and walnut writing desk serves as a quick work station in the lower level library. The end of the library was built to receive a large number of bookcases, including barrister style. The corporate kitchen is a celebration of curly maple surrounded by plain grain cherry. This photo shows how three-dimensional the curly maple can be in the right light. The late afternoon sun really wakes this kitchen up. In the rear of the building, there is a brainstorming workroom. We installed magnetic whiteboards all around and built the centerpiece, a double sided light table which can also house maps and map drawers. The top of the table is mahogany, glass and a soft limestone. Limestone is a pourous rock through which gas can flow. We leave Reed Bros. office with a view of the conference room from CEO's desk through the double mahogany pocket doors.