Artist Spotlight | 4th Edition Design

When Matt Andersen created the perfect table for the living space in his cramped Chicago apartment nearly 12 years ago, he didn’t foresee the successful furniture company, 4th Edition Design, that would follow. Working alongside his now wife, sawdust suspended in the air, it was Andersen himself who felt like he was floating. “It was great—the feeling of having that perfect piece and accomplishing the tangibleness of creation was a real high.” Fast-forward to now, and 4th Edition Design’s new studio (which opened in North Austin this past December) houses the largest selection of finished live edge wood slabs in Texas. Committed to his love of natural beauty, Andersen preserves the original quality of wood materials by using sustainably harvested, reclaimed, or repurposed materials, and the company works with local arborists and regional saw mills to convert wood that would have ended up in landfills into beautiful home accessories. With a large inventory including lighting, seating, and much more, it’s easy to find a piece for any room that is both environmentally friendly as well as contemporary, something Andersen prides his company on. “That passion for natural beauty fused with a love of modern style has been the genesis of what you'll see in our sourcebook today,” Andersen says. “It's a combination of awe inspiring natural beauty and the simplicity of man's modern design.” The new year rings in exciting opportunities for the team, with projects including design shows in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Despite the popularity 4th Edition is quickly garnering, Andersen is still inspired by humble beginnings, back in an apartment overlooking The Second City. “I have that same high today when we finish a piece; that's why our tag line is: Made to inspire—we make beautiful furniture that inspires us and others!”

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