We're A two-person woodworking studio in Denver, Colorado.
Growing up near the Adirondack Mountains we spent days outside lounging with family in Adirondack chairs and nights sitting at large solid wood farm tables with leaf extensions that could often seat ten people. We've always had an appreciation for the role that furniture plays in our lives and how it becomes the foundation of any gathering.
Living near the Adirondacks influenced our furniture design mostly by way of lifestyle. We brought with us the desire to take time to connect with those around us, to sink into the moment and to slow down. It is our belief that a good piece of furniture should make you want to stay a little longer, to have another drink and to remain among friends. That is our motivation when we create a new piece.
After moving to Denver many years ago, our interest in design has grown and we continue to push ourselves to learn more about the designers that came before us and the building techniques that continue to innovate our industry.
When we sit down to work on a new design, we often find ourselves building it up and then breaking it down. The designs that we find most inspiring in other Craftsmen/Artists are the ones that are remarkably simple. We like to keep our designs minimal but functional, allowing for the natural beauty of the wood and the lines of the piece to bring the personality and interest.
What's in the Name?
We wanted to pay homage to the blue-collar tradesmen that spent their lives perfecting a craft. We come from a small town where many people are blue-collar workers and we feel it's important to honor these trades/tradespeople with our work. With access to new design tools and building techniques, we are working towards a new era of blue-collar craft, hence the name New Collar Goods.
A bit about Deana
With a long time love for home décor and a background in the Home Furnishing industry, Deana started building her own goods with Jon on the weekends as a creative outlet.
Finding a greater sense of fulfillment in this line of work, she quickly found her way around the workshop and took pride in each new project. It was then that Deana decided to leave her day job to start New Collar Goods with Jon.
Deana loves making a house, a functional and comfortable home and it certainly translates in our designs. She’ll be the one questioning whether there is enough space down the middle of the table for food platters and calculating just how many essentials can fit on our side tables. With her attention to detail and eye for design, she is finding a great sense of accomplishment in the workshop.
A bit about Jon
Beginning his creative journey as a graphic designer, Jon continually tried to turn his 2-dimensional creations in to 3-dimensional goods.
After a few years serving as an in-house designer, Jon branched out to work for himself. At this time, he was given the opportunity to work with some very creatively charged start ups in Denver. This allowed him to use his hands as well as his computer to assist in the marketing efforts of these new businesses.
Jon quickly came to realize that his passion was found in the workshop, creating and solving new build challenges for clients. He loves dreaming up new designs that are intriguingly simple, yet technical in their execution. He is constantly pushing himself to learn more about design and build innovations while remaining rooted in the classic practices of woodworking and welding.