Meyer Wells Creates Beautiful Environmentally Friendly Furniture from Fallen Urban Trees
Company emphasizes environmentally friendly furniture production from start to finish
A four year-old Seattle company has found a way to create both profitable and beautiful environmentally friendly furniture from fallen urban trees resulting from development, storm damage, and disease. Meyer Wells, founded by Seth Meyer and John Wells, recovers such trees and turns them into high-end custom furniture that is unique, beautiful, and environmentally friendly.
In spite of the current recession, Meyer Wells has grown each year since its inception, and profits last year topped $850,000. The company expects profits to exceed $1 million this year. Meyer Wells currently employes nine people and has compassionate business practices that include above average benefits and vacation time for employees. The company emphasizes sustainable and environmentally friendly furniture production by collecting wood that would have otherwise been wasted and by using only nontoxic, water-based wood finishes.
When creating a new piece of furniture, the craftsmen at Meyer Wells try to preserve the natural character of the tree from which the wood came. Cracks from storm damage are left exposed, and "live edges," which display the tree's natural topography, are preferred.
Unfortunately, this environmentally friendly furniture does not come at a cheap price tag. A coffee or dining room table from Meyer Wells can run between $3,000 and $10,000, while a long boardroom table can easily cost $20,000, making these unique furniture pieces a pricey but beautiful addition to Seattle-area homes and businesses.
Meyer Wells environmentally friendly furniture products are available for both private residents and for businesses, and existing business customers include Starbucks and the University of Washington.