1767 Designs, a Nashville based fabrication and design studio, focuses on utilizing quality, hard-wearing elements like centuries-old reclaimed wood, steel, hammered copper and handcrafted leather finishes to create one of a kind made to order furniture, wall art and entire spaces for both private and commercial use.
What started as a one-man operation has now grown into an entire team of interior designers, woodworkers, and welders. They offer both full design concept creation and builds with Southwestern and Art Deco influence transforming spaces and inspiring creative minds.
We asked the creator Patrick to give us some insight into his world.
How did 1767 Designs come about? Where do you find your inspiration?
When I first moved to Nashville nearly five years ago, I had just graduated college and wasn’t having much luck finding a job. My wife and I needed furniture for our apartment, so between working at a restaurant at night and job hunting during the day, I decided to make a coffee table. One table led to a few more tables, and eventually I was able to turn those into the business that 1767 is today.
At first, I was inspired mainly by traditional Southwestern patterns and Art Deco designs. I’m still very much inspired by those things, but I’ve also tried to branch out a bit with each new collection. For example, our most recent collection (which is going to be released this fall) was actually designed by one of the artisans on our team; I’ve kind of been taking a step back from the day-to-day building to focus more on running the business, he had a great idea for some really cool new designs, so we just ran with them. I love that 1767 has grown to the point that now it’s not just me coming up with the designs and our team members can take a part in that as well.
What mediums do you work with the most? Where are they sourced?
1767 is built on the idea of sourcing centuries-old wood from homes that are being torn down in the Nashville area. That’s how our company began, and that will probably always be a part of it. In the past year or so, we’ve also started using metal and glass in our work, and occasionally we’ll even use leather through collaborations with our friends at Lockeland Leatherworks.
You recently took on a home renovation; what safety precautions did you take in order to begin the demo?
I recently got my general contractor’s license, so I’m able to run those types of large-scale builds and demolitions safely and professionally. It was a really difficult and long process, but it’s more than worth it to keep our team safe and to be able to take on bigger builds.
Where do you see 1767 expanding over the next year?
I would love to expand our interior design work. We recently designed an entire bar from top to bottom (The Fox Bar and Cocktail Club in East Nashville), and after that we hired an interior designer on our team. I’ve always hoped to eventually shift the business into doing full-scale design projects that kind of translate the same aesthetic that our wall art has into a whole house or business, so that’s the ultimate goal.
What piece of advice would you give to someone venturing into woodworking for the first time whether for business or for pleasure?
You don’t need experience to learn a new skill, you just need the determination to get started and devote your time to it. I didn’t have a shred of woodworking experience when I started, but I taught myself out of the desire to learn the skill and, in some ways, the necessity. If you’re looking at going into woodworking as a business, I would say make sure that you’re really passionate about it. There will be more times that are hard at first than times that are easy and fun, so you have to really love what you’re doing and believe in your craft to make it work.
How do you ensure safety within your workshops at all times?
Ensuring safety is a constant work in progress. We’re always keeping an eye out for coachable moments with our crews and we’re quick to offer help and guidance when we see unsafe practices happening.
Did you find that safety measures are different between your residential and commercial projects?
We have one rule across all jobs: Safety first!
What is your favorite tool to use when working with woods?
There is always the right tool for the job, but I love the sander.
Do you find personal protection equipment to be imperative in your work?
I think that it is imperative in making sure that our people are safe and protected so that they continue to do the best job possible.
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