The original company started seven years ago when Meyer – a rising painter and sculptor raised by jewelers to make a living turning furniture – was urged by his girlfriend (and now wife) De Lisio to open a rural design outpost as a showcase for his work. That space’s ideal became the creation of a space that “would be about making a life doing something that felt good,” while allowing new connections “with the diverse and interesting people living in and visiting the Catskill Region.” Enter, eventually, the different but complementary talents of Vogel and the Verrillis – the latter now handling the metal elements of what all three are making.
“Wood, History, Artistry, Countryside,” are the key words for the new Sawkille; Early American type fonts rendered with an eye for the Surrealist centers their graphics approach. “We are a small group of artisans from the Catskills who have been designing and building contemporary, solid wood handmade furniture for the past 15 years…We draw from the heritage in the Hudson Valley, of people creating and working to build a life around what is meaningful to them,” the five collective founders say of their plans, which will include selections pf Pure Catskills goods as well as their own art, including special exhibitions. “With respect to our industry of handmade goods and furniture, we have coined the concept of Rural American Design, in hopes of bringing a bigger awareness to the riches of living and creating in the countryside that we call home. We design and build work that will improve with time and use; we hope to add something lovely to an environment that you cultivate, to inspire and nurture yourself or someone you know.”
Sawkille Company is located at 31 West Market Street in Rhinebeck. For hours and details, call (845) 876-2228 or visit the new enterprise’s great new website and blog at www.sawkille.com.