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FOUND celebrates 15 years with a bespoke homeware collection

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Ruth Davis has launched her own collection of locally produced customizable tables, chairs and home accessories at FOUND, her West Alabama home goods store full of one-of-a-kind pieces and a favorite stop for Houston-area interior designers.

Davis has always made custom work at the behest of designers, but now she’s making a more complete line available to the public: tables, chairs, stools, a sofa and even a pair of candlesticks painted in 14k gold.

Celebrating its 15th year, Found started with Davis and a business partner, Aaron Rambo, who was the creative/design side, while Davis, who worked in banking years ago before leaving his career to raise his two daughters, was the business side. A decade ago they moved from their original store on Bartlett Street to their current location in West Alabama in the Greenway/Upper Kirby area.

In 2018, Rambo left FOUND and Davis, who is not classically trained in design but has an impeccable eye, became its sole owner. Its showroom is known for its fun and unexpected displays designed to inspire designers and buyers alike to find new ways to use old things.

A trip to FOUND is a top-notch treasure hunt, as your inventory rotates quickly. She also sells some current things, including Tina Frey resin pieces, Christopher Spitzmiller lamps, and a wide range of coffee table books.

The idea of ​​creating his own collection was planted years ago when Davis saw a narrow vintage console with iron legs. It was a simple piece, but it reminded her of something many designers looked for in their shop. She bought it and began replicating it, first with a marble top and then with inverted painted glass for a look that resembled a lacquered top.

“The minute I saw it, I said ‘oh, we can reproduce this and make it any size a designer wants,'” Davis said of the piece, which now starts at $3,500 for a 66-inch-wide, 12-inch piece. inches deep. “A designer can tell me what color they need and we’ll do it in that color.”

First, a fabricator laser cuts the metal base, then a second reverse crafter paints the glass top, and a third applies the gold finish, though it doesn’t need to be finished in gold. Davis keeps all the work in Houston, fueling the local economy.

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This table and the other pieces were made for designers as they asked. Now, Davis is launching the group as a more formal collection that homeowners can also shop. Everything can be made in different sizes, colors and, in some cases, with other materials — and quite quickly, compared to the delivery times for special orders in the High Point furniture market, which can still reach 10 months.

“These things add personality to a design. It’s like clothes. I used to have 15 black pants; I never met a black pants I didn’t like,” Davis said. “It’s the last thing I need in my wardrobe. You really need the opposite of what it’s attracted to or it’s boring. You might see (something) here and not like it, but put it in a house and it adds a funky, different vibe .”

There’s a coffee table version of the console, which is 60 inches wide, 20 inches deep, and 18 inches tall, starting at $3,250. Other tables include an 18-inch pink travertine cube ($2,950); a steel I-beam that makes a perfect drinking perch ($450); and a 42-inch round marble Rojo Alicante ($4,950). A powder-coated steel chair ($2,200) is so heavy that you wouldn’t really use it at a dining room table, but it would work in a large bathroom near a tub to store extra towels.

She offers two upholstered pieces, a small sofa (60 inches wide; $6,700) and a curvy mid-century-style armchair ($4,850) that she jokingly calls the Beyoncé chair. Her showroom swatch is in expensive Kelly Wearstler fabric; prices vary according to fabric.

Ultimately, Davis created two different stools, one with a simple metal base topped by a cushion ($1,550) and the other mushroom-shaped ($1,550), inspired by a 1970s version covered in plush carpet. blue that she once saw.

“It started with filling a need that designers were asking for. Now we’re thinking about it,” Davis said. “They’re always made to order. It’s taken off and it’s gratifying to see designers take our ideas on board.”

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