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Kerf Design

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Regions Served

  • Boston & New England
  • Chicago & Midwest
  • Los Angeles & S. CA
  • New York City & Mid-Atlantic
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Rocky Mountains
  • San Francisco & Bay Area
  • Southeast U.S.
  • Texas & Southwest

Services Offered

We are a small team of people in Seattle who love plywood and colored laminate. We believe in making objects that are human, useful and beautiful. Good joints should be admired; construction should be simple and honest. We tinker, we improve and we consider every detail.

We build a special kind of cabinet, a product that we have been refining since 1999. We utilize unique system joinery to assemble our cabinets based on a combination of dado joints and through tenons. These tenons are often visible on the outside of finished faces of our work. It makes for extremely strong joints. We find the detail to be quite beautiful, a visual demonstration of the craft that goes into our work. Since every joint is exposed, every joint has to be perfect. For structural integrity, we stagger the joints in our designs, which gives our work its signature asymmetric look. We always leave the edges exposed to admire the plywood core.

We know that when things are designed well, you can love them well. We want our product to function in a way that makes sense for how you live your life, so each project is designed and built to order. We work with you, one on one, to create a perfect solution to your needs, whether you are a homeowner, architect, contractor or a developer.


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  • Nathan Hartman


  • 3635 Thorndyke Ave W, Unit A
    Seattle, WA 98119

Featured Projects

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Robin's Kitchen

A mid century modern remodel in North Seattle.

Photo: Nathan Hartman
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Kerf Wall

A simple, adjustable, wall mounted shelving system.

Photo: Nathan Hartman