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Serious Furniture

I just got back from a week spent in California between Los Angeles and San Diego. It was a fantastic trip filled with delicious food, fun, inspiration and relaxation. The purpose of our venture to San Diego was to visit my good friend Jacqui who moved there about a year ago to take the position of Operations Manager for a custom furniture company called  Seventh & 7th.

John Cortese is the man behind the beautiful furniture of Seventh & 7th. Cortese hails from Brooklyn and apprenticed under a Japanese woodworker  where he learned the fine art of using hand tools, which he still uses today. From tables to chairs to beds there isn’t much they don’t make, but the stamp he leaves on his furniture is visible in every piece. The attention to detail, the solid foundation, the artistic & custom approach to fine woodworking–such a refreshing sight in this age of our desire for fast, cheap design.

I did an impromptu photo shoot of the workshop and their studio/showroom which also acts as John’s home.










In John’s words: Modernism at its finest. Serious Furniture.

A big thank you for letting us visit your amazing space!