Andrew Moe ’92 Runs an Eco-Friendly Artisan Furnishings Studio in Oregon

A eating set developed out of white oak by Studio Moe.

Courtesy of Andrew Moe ’92

Moe builds with wild “urban salvaged” trees that weren’t planted as lumber

Headshot of Andrew Moe

Andrew Moe ’92 will come from a family members of builders. His excellent-grandfather emigrated to the U.S. from Norway on a boat at age 3 and grew to become a carpenter, creating creameries in southern Minnesota. He handed down equipment to Moe’s father, who repurposed planks from collapsed tobacco barns to raise outbuildings on their residence and make furniture for their home. 

These days, Moe runs a household furniture layout organization with his spouse Amanda in Portland, Oregon. She’s the resourceful/business director for Studio Moe and has driven the business enterprise side although Moe crafts the furniture. They specialize in fashionable, Scandinavian-design dining space tables made from Oregon walnut.

Moe was to start with uncovered to studio artwork at Princeton, getting courses in sculpture, drawing, and photography. He says images teacher Emmet Gowin lit a hearth in him to pursue his enthusiasm: “That was the spark of figuring out I wanted to be an artist of some kind.” Inspired by literature courses and shorter stories he browse, he dreamed also of becoming a writer and majored in English. 

After his senior 12 months — when Moe scored the winning goal in the to start with moment of the 2nd additional time of the NCAA men’s lacrosse championship game — he commenced a journey to come across his calling that would span numerous a long time and parts of the state. To start with, he moved to Ophir, a remote mining town in Southwest Colorado, and lived in a 9-by-10-foot hut, though writing a novel. The next yr, he worked as a journalist at the Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama. Up coming was Boston, and an apprenticeship with a home furnishings maker. 

A curio cabinet made of cherry wood.

A curio cupboard designed of cherry wood.

Courtesy of Andrew Moe ’92

Moe later spent two yrs finding out sculpture at the Massachusetts Faculty of Artwork about the identical time that he fell in adore with Argentine tango dancing. For the subsequent 10 a long time he taught tango lessons in Colorado, New Mexico and sooner or later New York City. Following a yr in New York, Moe remaining, “went on a vision quest of kinds and dropped off the radar.” When he re-emerged, he constructed a eating desk while visiting his parents in Colorado. They loved it. “I considered to myself, ‘I marvel if there is a little something right here,’” he suggests. 

Moe’s craftsmanship has drawn praise from the likes of The New York Moments and Architectural Digest, and the products he employs give his home furniture an uncommon richness of coloration. “The walnut that grows in the Pacific Northwest has additional coloration in it than walnut that grows any where else in the earth,” states Moe. “Because of the local weather and soil, it has these deep reds, maroons, burgundies, and purples in it. Persons enjoy it.”

Moe builds with “urban salvaged” lumber from wild trees that died or were harvested independently from the objective of employing them as lumber. For occasion, he’s applied trees taken down by the metropolis since they’re in threat of slipping on public streets. This technique of harvesting is eco-friendly and can increase character to woodworking jobs because of the diversity of the wooden.

Moe seeks elegance and minimalism in his designs. Each and every piece has no more than a couple of aspects, pared down to their most simple forms. “I’m drawn to simplicity and performance, as in nature,” he claims. “I’ve constantly been intrigued by doing as a lot as I can with as very little as attainable and allowing the products speak. In character, there’s very little superfluous. I like to leave items unsaid in some cases. Letting the viewer fill in the blanks appeals to me.”

In 2009, Moe debuted his Oslo assortment, which stays his greatest vendor. He designed the legs of the Oslo to be notched right into the tabletop, reducing the need for an “apron,” the piece of wood made use of beneath typical tables for beam help. Whereas most tables have stringent 90-diploma edges, the Oslo eases softly into delicate 15-degree edges and curved corners. “The for a longer time you glimpse at it, the a lot more you know there’s fewer there but also much more there,” says Moe. “It’s silent, but with any luck , satisfying.”

In numerous means, Moe’s do the job and his studio are the epitome of a spouse and children enterprise. “There’s a thing pretty enjoyable about developing a eating desk for a family and acquiring that be the factor that they will get all over each night time for years and a long time and many years and with any luck , pass on to their young children for generations,” he claims. “That plan is extremely near to our heart.”