With dazzling interior accoutrements, an East Coast design studio turns heads in the Midwest.
The Atlas table
For ABDB Designs founder Djivan Schapira, the creative process starts at the end—literally. “[The name] stands for ‘au bout du bois,’ which means ‘at the end of the grain’ in French,” explains the 25-year-old, whose patent-pending technique inlays recycled cross-cuts of fruit wood branches into a brilliantly colored resin for seriously kaleidoscopic tables and wall hangings.
Chicago aesthetes agree, too: West Loop hot spot Blind Barber and Logan Square shop Dial M for Modern house Schapira’s fetching furniture—the byproduct of longtime tutelage under his father, a master craftsman whose application of end grain on a commode first inspired the New Jersey-based creative to expand on the process and ultimately form ABDB in 2016. “End grain is very geometric and symmetrical in some ways," reflects the Paris-born Schapira. “Looking at it up close gave me the inspiration to take it one step further and create patterns that are very graphic.” That’s good table talk. Tables from $2,220