Meet the Neighbors: Unite Two Design

At the Aurora Shoe Company, we passionately support small business and handmade and local goods. As a visitor of our blog, we thought that you might feel the same way. In our Meet the Neighbors series we're featuring businesses and people who reflect our own values and whom we feel lucky to call neighbors and friends.

 It was a real treat to visit the gallery and workshop belonging to Keith and Theresa of Unite Two Design.  I had seen their work in a recent newspaper feature, but the detail and charm of their work is best appreciated in person.  Described as "farm punk", the furniture, home goods, and jewelry at Unite Two Design are a fresh blend of old materials and innovative design.  

Having grown up on an old farm, I know all about old wood, rusty pipes, and random pieces of ancient equipment.  It takes a real visionary to take those discarded elements and to give them a new and stylish life.  There is only so much that I can say - you have to see it for yourself...

reclaimed wood

handmade necklace
reclaimed metal
reclaimed barn wood
reclaimed sign

reclaimed stop sign

It was really inspiring to see all of this functional art and to hear the stories behind the different pieces.  Keith and Theresa are constantly working on new projects, but they always welcome the chance to work with clients on commissioned pieces.  I can just imagine all of the personalized gifts that could be created using a board from Grandpa's old barn, or a tool from Dad's workshop.  The blend of old materials and new design presents so many interesting opportunities.

repurposed metal

 
Keith and Theresa couldn't have been more friendly or more welcoming.  They invited us to check out their workspace as well, but I took way too many pictures and will save that for another post (it's such a cool space).

You can view more of Keith and Theresa's designs by visiting their website. You can also stay up to date with their unique shop offerings by following their page on Facebook.  If you're local, consider stopping by on your next trip to Skaneateles.  They're next door to Creekside Books, at 37 Fennell Street (you can find gallery hours on their Facebook page).




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