For some people, the term “in-laws” has a rather negative connotation. But for the team at GLENNGRAYSON—comprised of brothers-in-law Jeremy and Matt, their respective wives, and Scout the Colorado golden—the term sounds a lot more like a synonym for friend and partner. While GLENNGRAYSON is a young, thriving, two-year-old company, Jeremy and Matt are anything but new to woodworking. In fact, Jeremy has been designing and building furniture for fifteen years.
The focus and passion at GLENNGRAYSON has always been building dining tables and seating, but the team has also created a number of cutting boards, coffee and side tables, desks, and kitchen islands. As an added bonus, all of the materials in GLENNGRAYSON’s products are native to the South and most are old growth and locally sourced.
We found it inspiring to hear how much thought goes into the creation of GLENNGRAYSON’s pieces. Jeremy, Matt, and the rest of the team feel that the wood that has been repurposed into their pieces continues to “live, grow and be shaped by the daily use and the user.” They also believe that each piece does not meet its full potential until the user is involved because GLENNGRAYSON furniture is all about “the relationship, the daily living, [and] the authentic life that creates the scratches and stains [which] make the piece complete and perfect.”
So, which perfectly crafted piece is most cherished by its makers? While every piece is beloved by the team, Matt picked out the Eastside coffee table as a standout in his mind. He feels that the Eastside, in its simple and solid design, completely embodies GLENNGRAYSON as a company. Much like the Eastside, all of GLENNGRAYSON’s pieces are built with the user in mind and include the history behind the raw materials and photos of the creation process.
The GLENNGRAYSON team, comprised of Belmont University graduates, decided to plant their home base in East Nashville because of the hodge-podge of Southern culture and the overwhelming support shown towards local artisans. They also love the great local restaurants (especially their favorite coffee shop, Crema) and diverse culture of their neighborhood—an aspect that is reflected in all of the GLENNGRAYSON designs.
All of the GLENNGRAYSON product line can be seen on the company’s website or in the Etsy store. Also, while we are overly confident that you will absolutely love everything designed by GLENNGRAYSON, if you’re looking for a piece more specifically designed for your space, the team is always willing to work with you to create custom pieces. That is what we love about this week’s local artisan—everything is done with YOU, the user, in mind!