Found Objects

Last saturday night we unveiled a new collection called “Found Objects”. Everything in this grouping was either 2nd hand or literally found material. Doing our best here at Urban to show you what can be done with a little creativity and good design. Upscale Upcycling! The benches are made from an old wood beam I found buried behind … Continue reading

The “SUGI” Table

Pictures really are worth 1000 words. Tonight I will let the pictures tell the story. But for the particulars…  I made this coffee table for a friend. It is made from old reclaimed framing material and I used an old Japanese finish technique called Shou Sugi Ban. The finish is created by burning the entire piece then … Continue reading

The Under Dogs Go To War… Turf Wars that is.

A A couple of months ago good friend and amazing contractor Courtney Cardenas came to my partner Marvin Maldonado and I asked if we would help participate in an up coming episode of Turf Wars. (DIY Network). My initial reaction was well.. less than enthusiastic. We were just coming off an episode of House Crashers that damn … Continue reading

Shou-Sugi-Ban – Burnt Sugi Boards


Shou-sugi-ban 焼杉板, or burnt sugi board is a Japanese technique of creating timber cladding that should last over 80 years. Sugi is known as Japanese cedar, Instead of sugi, our wood species are Belinga. Old traditional Japanese houses use shou-sugi-ban for their external timber cladding, although rarely used now (replaced by manmade plastic or composite). … Continue reading


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