Stranger Furniture is a design-build studio producing modern, organic furniture and cabinetry from sustainable materials.
William Stranger has been building fine furniture with a minimalist sensibility since 1987. Celebrating the marriage of simple forms and natural materials, his work blurs the boundaries between art, design and craft. Each piece of stranger furniture is a unique object. The wood is carefully chosen and worked with the individual nature of the material in mind. Influenced by the basic structure of trees, Stranger strives to have as little impact on the environment as possible. His designs contrast organic forms with linear structures to reflect the intersection of nature and culture.
Stranger's primary source of material is local urban salvage. Trees that are blown over or cut down due to disease or construction are milled on site or at the arborist’s yard. This process allows the use of unique wood that would otherwise be wasted and keeps trees out of the landfill. Other materials include F.S.C. certified lumber, scrap wood and steel left over from the fabrication process, reclaimed wood from demolished buildings and construction sites and alternative panel products with no added formaldehyde. Finishes include plant derived oils and zero V.O.C. top coats.
In 2005, Stranger's Monolith Bench won best design in the Good Wood show at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA). He received an honorable mention for his Tava Lanes Coffee Table at the M+D+F show at Design Within Reach. His furniture has been exhibited in New York and Los Angeles and in 2008 his solo show, Second Growth, opened at the PMCA. Stranger's work has been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Dwell, Interior Design, Flaunt and Luxe. He is a member of Box Collective and the Furniture Society.