About Twenty Gauge
¬Winning the Home Magazine American Furniture Award in the "Preserving Tradition" category, was an original coffee table J.C. had constructed from a vintage architectural file cabinet. Since then, Twenty Gauge has also become world renown for their inventive reconstruction and reassembly of both home and office vintage steel furniture. They now offer Custom Design Services and Custom Refinishing to meet the needs of clients with specific design requirements or those who want to realize their vision. J.C. welcomes and enjoys the imagination of his clients, and works personally with them, helping them create the furniture of their dreams.
Twenty Gauge's visionary also now offers Interior Design both Residential and Commercial, please visit our sister and umbrella company @ www.styledevie.com.
Expanding recently to the East Coast, Twenty Gauge and Style de Vie offer all these creative services to their customers from both Coasts.
JC immigrated from France three decades ago, has a passion for early to mid century design and is a world traveler. He has an eagle's eye for selecting timeless pieces on his adventures to flea markets, swap meets, estate sales and antique stores. He also purchases defunct businesses/factories and rehabs machinery components into ingenious and Industrial Chic designs. His finds inspire and endure.
Collectors of Twenty Gauge Vintage Steel Furniture consider their purchases as heirlooms, objects of beauty and quality to be handed down from generation to generation.
Twenty Gauge is available in stores internationally, including Room and Board, Sundance Catalog, etc... and right here on our website pages (http://www.twentygauge.com/store.html/).
Building on more than a decade of experience, award winning Twenty Gauge is dedicated to the preservation and delicate art of steel furniture restoration as well as the application of these aesthetics to Custom Design furniture Creations and Interiors. To this day, J.C.'s intuitive ability in reclaiming the hidden beauty within objects misrepresented or careworn, and translating the look to his own designs and your Interiors, drives the company forward.
J.C.'s love affair with the conservation of American vintage furniture began out of necessity. Searching for a desk that was both practical and interesting, J.C. uncovered a run down 1948 tanker desk at a flea market. After stripping off many layers of beige paint, J.C. was taken aback by the raw steel gleaming underneath. This moment inspired him to start refurbishing other vintage steel finds. After making every mistake possible on his own furniture, J.C. perfected what is now the Twenty Gauge Process and launched his company, Twenty Gauge a year later. The process includes evaluation, thorough removal of corrosives, replacement of worn parts, industrial strength sandblasting, layers of powder coating and more. Each time consuming step is what guarantees that every Twenty Gauge piece will not only look fantastic, but will withstand the test of time.
Our company has since grown into a full Custom Design and Fabrication house, still very much focusing on the Industrial Chic design sense that had made us who we are today.
"Most of my inspiration comes from being in the fashion, fine art, and home furnishing Industries all my life" explaind JC Hryb. I visit art museums, regularly, attend performing art events and exhibits, and foremost always document Design encountered throughout my day or travels via sketches or photographs. I always carry both a sketch book and a camera with me at all times. The extensive mental design library obtained through these processes make for my personal Aesthetic Style that I translate into my projects.
Like any professional of any industry, it is through information, documentation, experience, hard labor and a little bit of talent that I am able to execute a project seamlessly and in a timely manner. Decades of dedication to my Trade make it look effortless.
"I first make a point to listen to my clients" says Jean-Christophe. That is primordial and the mistake a lot of designers make today: you are to give input and direct your client in the right Aesthetical path, but ultimately it is their design taste and their environment the Designer is to cater to. I encourage the Client to give me all their ideas and feedback. If available I like to view the Piece or Interior surroundings. Once I have done my homework, our Team sketches the Piece or Interior and we propose a combination of materials and colors for the Client to approve. We go through modifications/re-designs together if needed and the final sketch is then turned over to Production in order to draft the complete manufacturing/design plans Once these pass the final Client approval, the project then moves into the Execution phase. The final product is then delivered to the client's home or business, may that be a single piece of furniture/artwork, or a complete Interior Design.
"The details are not the details, they make the Design."
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