The amazing O & G Studio.
Well, hello there! Nice to see you again. Where have I been you might ask? Good question. While there is no perfect excuse for my absence, it has not been because I have something better to do. In fact, I have been up to some new and exciting things all in the name of Interior Monologue and I can’t wait to share them with you. Promise to keep you posted (literally). Happy to announce there are a lot of new and exciting posts on their way, more frequent Instagram findings as I uncover artisans around the globe, as well as some of our very own product that will be launched. Exciting, isn’t it? Please follow me on Instagram here (interior.monologue) if you aren’t already doing so. Now let’s get started on the rest. Someone I am very excited to introduce you to is a furniture company from Warren, Rhode Island called O & G Studio. We met at the ICFF in NYC as I stood transfixed at their stand. The stand design itself was gorgeous as was the chest of drawers that held center court. I cannot stop dreaming about this chest of drawers. I had the good fortune to meet one of the owners, Sara Ossana (the “O” in O & G), who graciously entertained my endless questions about their pieces and took a lot of time to explain the origins and vision of the brand.
O & G Studio is comprised of two founders Jonathan Glatt (yes, you guessed it, he is the “G” in O & G) and Sara. They met over ten years ago as Graduate students at RISD, where Jonathan studied jewelry and metals and Sara studied Interior Architecture.
Their individual studies are evident in their pieces. There is an intricacy to their designs in the way a jewelry designer might create a fastener or in the way an interior architect might look at the lines of a bench and how it will work in a room. This combination of perspectives creates products that look differently than a trained industrial designer’s or furniture designer’s take on the same pieces might look. They results are a blend of intricate details with playful scale and proportion.
Sara spoke about their being influenced by the rich history of American design traditions, which is also evident, but not to the point of their work leaning too much on history. It stands on its own. It feels modern, yet timeless.
They design each and every piece and then make it all by hand in their studio. They make the fasteners, handles and joints, and then hand finish each piece. When you stand in front of one of their pieces, you can literally feel the quality emanating from it. I was blown away by their designs, the craftsmanship and their attention to every little detail in a way that I haven’t been in a long, long time. Mirrors, chairs, benches, and OMG that dresser!
Take for instance the passion that they have for all the little things, those little details that others might not think so important. Terms used to refer to these considered elements are sliding dovetail joinery, and a cast brass ‘spider,’ which has been carefully engraved with their logo. These are just some of the gorgeous details that Sara and I chatted about. I felt lucky to be able to see the detailing that went into the hardware on the dresser up close.
Sara graciously invited me up to visit the studios to see them in action and that trip is being planned imminently. I am thinking Autumn would be lovely. I cannot wait to get to know them better, as well as the surrounding area, and a visit to Providence. Haven’t been to Providence in years! Sara told me there are a lot of interesting artisans calling the area home for their very “Interior Monologue approved” businesses. I also want to check out The Dean Hotel where some of O & G Studio’s pieces are. It looks lovely. Let’s consider this part 1 of our coverage on them. I cannot say enough good things about this company and their beautiful work. Next up: owning an O & G Studio original of my own!