l hate to admit that the mainland has one in every area in Hawaii. But I have to admit that it is the clear winner when it comes to the wide range of furniture brands.
That makes it all the more special when I come across a great Hawaii furniture label like Ovryn Design, with its simple, timeless aesthetic and dedication to detail and fine materials.
Now, don’t get it twisted: Kapolei furniture maker Danny Ovryn is no rookie. The New York transplant has steadily handcrafted beautiful pieces for his other furniture design company, Rust & Rootsince 2016. He got his start in the industry as an apprentice to Martin & MacArthur master craftsman Doug Gordon.
In 2019 he launched Ovryn Design as a creative outlet. Most of his Rust & Root work has been custom orders that could take a month or more to reach customers. With his younger label, he wanted to have a consistent inventory of items in stock, ready for immediate delivery, so he took some time off and built an inventory focused on three key pieces.
The full length Portal Mirror, available in white oak, monkeypod or koa, is a style that leans against the wall and gives a sculptural feel. “I gave it a deep frame that mimics a door frame. It looks like you can walk right through it,” says Ovryn.
The handsome Isle of Dresser is crafted from walnut with mango drawer fronts and is inspired by the mid-century modern giant ‘George Nelson’s thin line cabinets’. And as for the cross-legged pedestal style, “influenced by a lamp sketch by Pennsylvania woodworker George Nakashima,” it can work as a sleek side table or display or plant stand.
Shop all three at Ovryn Design’s pop-up, taking place this weekend at Kaiao Space, the Sig on Smith gallery in Chinatown. Ovryn will also offer a variety of special, one-of-a-kind pieces, including live-edge monkeypod tables and desks, small cabinets and sculptures, which will be available for purchase through an online auction.
You can even buy chic jewelry from Keiko Akamine, Ovryn’s partner and designer-owner of the local label YuMono.
Kaiao Space, 1020 Smith St. Pop-up Store Hours: Friday, Sept. 16. until Saturday 17 Sept. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 12.00 to 18.00 ovryndesign.com, @ovryndesign