If you know of or follow Grain Designs you may know who Grant is, but who is Ellie you ask?
Each unique design curated by Grain Deisgns also gets a unique name to match; Ellie is the modern/industrial steel table and bench set that Grain Designs cofounder, Grant Koenig, is crafting below.
What brought you into this field of work?
When I was kid I learned everything I knew from my dad and grandpa. In high school all the jobs I had were labor jobs, like framing and roofing houses.
What do you most enjoy about it?
The instant gratification. I like to be able to do something and see the result in a quick period of time. Working with my hands is what I am drawn to drastically more than digital mediums.
Tell me about the piece you are working on?
This is one from a collection of three pieces for a client. It is a dining table with a bench and is one of the first designs that Blain and I came up with. It is a little bit different because the top floats on the steel frame, so you can’t see the structure in it. This particular set is a pretty industrial design with the welds being left ground-out and raw. The top is reclaimed heart pine from the floor joists of the 3M building in Minneapolis.