Furniture maker Greg Klassen brings the beauty of the Pacific Northwest indoors with the River Collection, a series of incredible reclaimed wood tables embedded with glass pieces that evoke crystal clear lakes rivers and lakes.
Klassen sustainably sourced the wood for the tabletops from the banks of the Nooksack River, which flows below his studio in Washington. Made mostly from salvaged walnut or maple, each furniture piece celebrates the wood’s unique character by leaving the natural grain, holes, and edges intact.
From coffee tables to large conference desks, Klassen’s handcrafted furnishings all include a brilliant inlay of blue-green glass.
For most of his pieces, the hand-cut glass is used to merge two live-edge slabs together and mimics the appearance of a meandering river. The polished wood set on either side of the glass become the riverbanks, and the natural lines of the grain allude to topographic shapes in the landscape.
While most of Klassen’s pieces consist of rectilinear edges with a river-like glass inlay, he has also explored other shapes such as his Cedar Lake Table created from the cross section of a Western Red Cedar with a lake-shaped glass sheet set in the center.
The supporting legs have a minimalist design are are usually constructed out of powder-coated steel, bronze, or plexiglass.