Franz Gonzalez is a furniture designer based in the Berkshires Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Inspired by great furniture makers like George Nakashima and Sam Maloof, he presents the natural beauty of wood in unique and functional ways. After years of traditional furniture and cabinet making, an abundance of wood scraps became the inspiration for wood tile.
Hewn creates a new experience with one of the oldest natural materials. An experience that goes beyond form and function to a deeper resonance with the structural tissue and inherent beauty of trees. The visual and tactile familiarity we have with furniture and wood is deep-rooted. Having wood in our home or workplace connects us to the natural world around us. This grounding effect is an important part of the design process at Hewn, and one that we hope impacts our customers in a subtle but powerful way.