Although custom furniture builders are abundant in the region, Meyer Wells staked out a distinct territory: the big slab, furniture that bring the raw power of the environment indoors .
The company harvests local urban trees doomed by development, disease or storm damage, and turn them into custom furniture, each piece a distinct botanical narrative.
Meyer Wells has been profitable from the start and revenue has grown annually. There are now nine employees, and high-visibility clients like Starbucks and the University of Washington.
The company also diversified its holding with Green Tree Mill, which provides builders with sustainable wood products.
â€œI think our idealism is meeting with the demand to make buildings greener,â€ John Wells says.