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Justin Godar

Pieces by Gōdar Furniture are a mixture of local and designer inspired origins that result in creative, striking showcase pieces for interior residences. Designer, Justin Gōdar, where the company name is evidently a derivative of, looked to the Sutro Tower of San Francisco to literally reproduce in model scale coat rack; while the transition from Hans Wegner's PP503, Eames' House of Cards George Nakashima's tables supported the creations of Gōdar’s Thick Chair, Grow shelves and Fake Slab coffee table. While the Sutro Tower Coat Rack shares direct correlations with the actual structure,, the sources for the other furniture pieces are not as evident to even the trained eye for they are not meant to be copies or visible imprints of past works.

 While inspiration has brought the ideas into the making, the production process is also relevant to the success of the unique furniture pieces. Breaking the envelope to produce visionary works comes with quality and careful study. Prototypes are created to build a locally small manufacturing of well constructed pieces. Customers who buy Gōdar Furniture are sure to purchase a product that is opposed to mass production and in favor of quality control, made in San Francisco.

 The achievement of the Sutro Tower Coat Rack, as seen in sale popularity, is also due to it’s clever process. The way the piece is put together and taken apart is an aspect of creativity that only adds value to the overall concept. The rack comes with an effortless assembly kit made of a clever plywood installation ‘hammer’ keystone, giving clients that i-can-build-this attitude which combines simple transportation and consumer participation. Once the rack is bought in store, it can be folded and moved, no large inconvenient packaging required; just a simple lifting of the upper triangular structure to allow for the dis-assembly of the remaining pieces.

 Gōdar Furniture is available at Aldea Home where clients can witness firsthand the creativity, intelligence an...

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Creative Profile: Justin Godar

Sep 16, 2013 8:28:45 PM

You've probably seen the striking Sutro Tower Coatrack displayed in our store recently—today we bring you an interview with the brilliant designer behind them, Justin Godar. Building wood furniture and cabinets out of San Francisco, Godar creates innovative seating from old world materials and time-tested construction.

Where are you from originally and how did the local culture shape you as a designer/maker?
I'm from Walnut Creek, the son of an interior decorator and an industrial bookbinder. I suppose that had something to do with the fact that I work with machines all day to make mostly walnut furniture.

What initially inspired you to make your product? 
Sutro Tower, of course. It's the one landmark here that most locals see on a regular basis, so many of us hold a special affection for it. It's our Eiffel Tower.
Being a furniture designer, I've always thought it looked like a nice coat rack. When I realized nobody was making a Sutro Coat Rack, I felt it was my duty to create it.
What is your favorite step in the creation of your product? 
When I've completed the first working prototype. There's a lot of work that happens before that, so that moment makes clear whether or not the effort was worthwhile.

What hobbies inspire your designs/products? 
Whenever I go camping, I make elaborate plans for the ultimate camp box. But really, furniture design is my main hobby. If I won the lottery, I'd still be doing what I do.

What is your favorite color? 
Red, though I like most primary colors at times. In my work, I like the colors to be true to the material. Therefore, I avoid stains and handpick the wood to get the color I want.
What is your favorite shape and why? 
The shape of a tree slab. It's something I've been thinking about for a product in development.

What is your favorite texture this season? 
Smooth is always in season for me.
What did you see of interest today?
I saw my cats didn't eat their food. It's early and not much has happened yet.

What is your motto?
I don't have a ...
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