Brian David Johnson

Ping Pong Dining Table

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This is the second parsons style ping pong dining table I''ve designed and built for a residence here in Austin. The 3/8" steel outer sections have been tapped with threads from the inside and are bolted on from the underside of the table. The center stripe which is the full 3" thickness of the table is sandwiched between the right and left book matched sections which are tied together with 1/2" all thread  which like the side is accessed from pockets mortised underneath the table. An additional pre-tensioned 1/2" plate steel strap that was crowned toward the center was installed at the bottom of the table parallel to the net and  to  give lift and support to the design. The interior walnut leg sections are fit into the top with a dry mortise and tenon and attached to the steel leg via key hole slots machined in the wood and bolt heads tapped into the interior of the steel leg. The solid walnut net was designed to double as a centerpiece for the table when in dining mode and the fitted hand blown glass drop ins function as small flower vases or candle holders.  Though I wasn't able to put it on a scale, my assistant and I who had to bring it up and around a flight of stairs in two sections estimate the weight at around 500 lbs.

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Daruma Ramen

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I designed and made the functional centerpieces for the is new ramen house on West 6th last fall in 2012. The floral decoration inlayed with resin on the sides is taken from the wall paper of the interior and  is a different color at each table. Not long after delivering the centerpieces, the owners of the establishment contacted me and asked me to collaborate with them on the sign. After starting with a concept based off tradtional japanese signage on live edge slabs, we ended up with a hand carved large wood block print design.

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Solarium Desk with Credenza

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My first custom installation of 2013. Thanks to Kathleen Ash of Studio K for all the tips and advice on using the proper glass adhesive. One aspect of the design I didn't fully appreciate until I photographed it was how the layout with the tile creates a bit of a glass box optical illusion which is evident in some of the shots. The vertical leg is set into the tile work.

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Media Center

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Walnut Cabinetry with Eucalyptus Panel Work 2012. Though this piece looks minimal there is a great deal of complex functionality and flexibility worked into the design. All the case pieces are imbedded into and through the Eucaluptus panels providing chase ways to run wiring between all units and to the floating shelves which each have a removable hatch access behind them. The shelves themselves are hanging off a very rigid steel bracket design that is bolted to the studs behind the panel work. This began as a media center with more of a traditional cabinet design and in trying to showcase and best utilize the performance of the client's high fidelity equipment, the design kept getting stripped down and ended up as an acoustic niche with two floating walnut cases and two very solid floating shelves. There is lighting directly over the shelves from the bottom side of the upper cabinet. Thanks to GoAA member Hawkeye Glenn of Blacksmith for fabricating the heavy duty (hidden) bracket for the floating shelves.

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In the fall of 2009 , I began desiging and selling a line of vases, trays and succullent planters which have become a major part of my business.

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Walnut Built Ins

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This is a custom design and fabrication for great customer of mine here in Austin. All the face veneers on the cabinetry were hand cut from one piece of walnut in my studio. There is a solid walnut blotter inset into the steel at the desk opening.

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Take Heart

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I took off all of July and August of this year to build out my wifes new store in East Austin, Take Heart. It was a lot of hard work but really fullfilling on so many levels. All the door and cabinet veneers were hand cut and vac pressed from a pile of old vintage pine skins I had purchased earlier in the year.

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This is a custom commissioned bench for a client in 2010. All design and fabrication by BDJ.

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