The Project Sunday woodshop is, ironically, closed on Sundays. Power drills dangle, saw blades remain still, and stacks of reclaimed wood wait for Monday, when the next round of industrial-modern furniture will be custom-built.
However, back in 2011, Jordan Omohundro and Gregory Frehr would go to work on the day of rest and scour Salt Lake City for building materials for their first project. The self-taught builders transformed their empty warehouse loft into a four-bedroom live/work space, including furniture.
Their success gave them the confidence to follow their passion for woodworking and launch Project Sunday. Now, functionality and style conjoin in their custom furniture and interior work for commercial and residential spaces. Project Sunday also offers products for sale via its website.
“We want to hand-build quality furniture that will last people a lifetime, stuff they will be proud of,” Frehr says. From beautiful beds made of reclaimed oak to coffee tables with stylistic nods as much to steampunk as mid-century modern Dutch design. Frehr adds that Project Sunday is Inspired by a range of artists and designers, such as Eames, UHURU, and Daniel Arsham.
Later in 2011, Kevin Jateff came on to the business. The crew works collectively in both the design and building stages of their projects. You can see some of Project Sunday’s on-location work at Riverhorse on Main in Park City, where they built the sliding bar mirror, the hostess stand, the wood partitions, the exterior sign, and more, all of which was designed by Casey Adams and Riley Ridd.
Project Sunday’s work can also be found at Copper Common (server stations, coffee/sink bar), Cafe Trio (stools and entry tables), Luna Blanca (stools) and Spedelli’s (exterior sign, bar lighting).
“With reclaimed oak, there’s a way to do it right, and there’s a way to do it half-assed,” Frehr says. Project Sunday prides itself in putting in those man hours to make the wood feel soft to the touch, all while maintaining the cool textures of the top layer.
Now, Project Sunday has several employees and interns to help build its unique work, although none of them work on Sundays.
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