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2014 Design Finalist

Paula King & Justin King

Beacon, New York
Rexhill is a family-owned company that handcrafts contemporary furniture and accessories in Beacon, NY.
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Tell us about your business.

We started Rexhill to create contemporary furniture that preserves the warmth and appeal of traditional craftsmanship. We are a family-owned business and partnership. Justin King is a furniture designer and trained woodworker with a background in fine arts. Paula King is a designer who is the fourth-generation of her family to work in the furniture industry. By using traditional woodworking and joinery, we bring time-honored quality to contemporary designs. Our aim is to make enduring work that creates an emotional connection. We build pieces not just to be used, but also loved for many years to come.

Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.

Our woodshop is located in the old Beacon High School. While no longer a school, the entire building remains physically unchanged (the halls still have the old lockers) and it is home to artists, small businesses, and other craftspeople. We occupy about 1000 sq ft in the old metal shop. One of the greatest things about our wood shop is that it is only a few blocks from our house, so Justin can ride his bike to work and come home for lunch.

What inspires you?

We are inspired by great design and by the way we interact with objects on a daily basis. We are inspired by the natural material of wood itself and always respect that lumber was once part of a living tree. We are inspired by the natural beauty and fine arts tradition of the Hudson Valley and also by its industrial history.

What makes your business stand out?

For one, Justin is 6’5” and covered in tattoos and Paula is only 5’1”! We strive to create unique, well executed, and beautiful things. Our life up to this point has been leading us to this exact moment in our careers, and we are poised to make an impact. Also, we love the personal connection we have with the people we work with, whether vendors or individual clients. One of the greatest appeals of being a small family run business is that we’re not just a faceless company. We are real people.

What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?

As John Cleese says “nothing will stop you from being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake”. Expect to have successes and failures and remember that learning from mistakes is how you grow and learn. Ask a lot of questions and be willing to learn from others. Have confidence with humility.

What does American Made mean to you?

We’re true believers in the value of crafting furniture by hand, especially in this disposable age. America once had a rich and proud tradition of making high quality objects, and we are reacting to the feeling that something has been lost. We are proud to be a part of the larger movement of Americans reclaiming traditional artisanship.

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