VAULT49
NEW YORK CITY
WWW.VAULT49.COM
VAULT49 IS A BOUTIQUE DESIGN STUDIO, ARTISTIC COLLABORATION, AND
PLAYGROUND FOUNDED IN 2002 BY JONATHAN KENYON AND JOHN GLASGOW. THE
STUDIO PRODUCES WORK CHARACTERIZED BY A FOCUS ON CRAFTSMANSHIP,
MULTIMEDIA, AND AN EXPRESSIVE USE OF COLOR. IN A CREATIVE WORLD THAT IS
INCREASINGLY DIGITAL, VAULT49’S BROAD PORTFOLIO COMBINES TECHNOLOGY
WITH ALL-IMPORTANT CRAFTSMANSHIP AND NATURAL ABILITY, GIVING IT AN
AUTHENTICITY THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO REPLICATE.
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HAND-PAINTED
SAWS
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SCREEN-PRINTED TABLE
When working on the table design for
the Vault49 studio, we wanted to ensure
we represented the amazing city of New
York that we are all fortunate enough to
be a part of. So we sourced the wood from
upstate, drove it back to the city, carried
it up five floors to the studio, and built the
table from scratch. We then started on the
customization process.
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We set about listing all the areas that
were important to the studio and the
people who work here to ensure it had a lot
of nice hidden meaning and messaging.
Once the list was organized, we quickly
designed the artwork using custom and
standard typefaces combined with a bit of
illustration. This was then output as films on
our in-house large-format printer.
We then exposed the artwork onto giant
screens at our downtown screen-print studio
and printed the design directly onto the
tabletop. Once dry, we sanded the printing
to give it a distressed look and coated the
whole table with four coats of varnish and a
layer of wax to give the final article a really
fantastic end result.

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