American Design – Alive and Well in Denver, CO

Aug 19, 2011 No Comments by

Gitane Workshop is a Denver-based design/build furniture studio with backgrounds in architecture, industrial design, fabrication and of course furniture design.  With a love of the “built” environment, the materials they use and the design process, they meticulously handcraft each piece one at a time.

“We pride ourselves in creating heirloom quality furniture of distinctive authenticity and exceptional craftsmanship.”

Gitane Workshop offers a full collection of unique, contemporary furniture as well as custom design and fabrication services for residential and commercial clients. The designs within they’re collection tend to be structurally driven and detail oriented with an attempt to bring out the natural beauty of the materials with which they are constructed.

“Our only hope is that you enjoy having our furniture in your space as much as we enjoy creating it!”

Biscayne Bay Coffee Table
Combining traditional craftsmanship with contemporary forms, the Biscayne Bay coffee table is the newest member of the Gitane Collection. This simple yet elegant design celebrates the natural beauty and structural qualities of wood.  It is constructed entirely of solid walnut or reclaimed poplar using doweled half lap joints which we feel contrast nicely with the uniquely sculpted legs. The strength of this design is in its balance, proportion and celebration of materials.


Ton Sai Coffee Table
A structurally driven design with clean lines and attention to detail. The Ton Sai Coffee Table is crafted from thick-walled steel and solid hardwood. Metal connections are drilled and machine screwed leaving a crisp look unlike welded construction. In the Standard version of this piece the hardwood elements are cylindrical in shape resulting in pure forms (shown in Ash hardwood). The sculpted version has the same metal frame but the hardwood elements have been lathe turned to have concave surfaces offering a more elegant end product (shown in Walnut).

• Wood: Available in red oak, walnut, cherry and ash. Custom wood species available upon request. Finished in polyurethane.
• Glass: 3/8″ thick with pencil edge and rounded corners.
• Steel: Powder coated clear over brushed steel surface.

17″h x 64″w x 20″d

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About the author

Octavio Guzman studied graphic and industrial design at the Kansas City Art Institute, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Industrial Design. After leaving Kansas City he settled in South Florida where he began his creative career working in the tourism industry as an advertising and branding professional in the early '90's. He created high visibility projects for varied brands like Delta Airlines Dream Vacations, Cayman Air Tours and Continental Grand Destinations and Elite Island Resorts. He moved on to a five-year stint as a lead project designer for The Walt Disney Companies, Latin American division based in Miami. In recent years Octavio has served as Green Advertising's creative director, developing an overwhelming body of work that spans more than eight years and even more industries. From luxury real estate to retail and restaurants. His work over the years has earned a multitude of gold and silver Addys as well as Prism awards many other industry awards.
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