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Industrial Shelter | Cleveland Art

May 4th, 2009 | Categories: Americana, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Shelter, Vintage | by Michael Williams

I’m a sucker for that whole industrial salvage furniture look. The guys from Billykirk have it going on in their design studio. Tons of crazy old tools and machines salvaged mostly from factories in Los Angeles. If I lived out in LA I would be all over Sonrisa, Retro Office and especially a recent discovery, Cleveland Art. I know what you are thinking, why the hell is it named Cleveland Art when it is based in LA?


The story goes that Cleveland Art began as an idea the founder Jason Wein had while working for his family’s salvage business on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio. Jason “saw the potential of industrial machinery and surplus being repurposed and recycled as functional design.” Eventually the company grew, and while the corporate offices are still in Ohio, it now occupies a sales showroom / warehouse in downtown LA. I’ll have to stop in and see if I can find a nice metal shelving unit to hold my massive plaid thermos collection… Cleveland Art




Comments: 26

26 Comments to “Industrial Shelter | Cleveland Art”

  1. jana
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 2:06 PM

    this is awesome!

    there’s a great place in berkeley called urban ore, full of salvaged furniture, and other treasures. i’ve found some amazing pieces there. ill have to check out the ones in LA next time I’m down there.

  2. zp
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 2:19 PM

    There’s also Moon River Chattel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Their web site is uninformative, but they have a flickr stream of their goodies:

  3. Ryan
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 2:47 PM

    That isn’t fair…I want to live in there. Looks like a good spot for h(y)r HQ.

  4. aTreasuryOf
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 3:38 PM

    I love spray-coated colored metal and beat-up wood in the same piece.

    Green, blue, red…I’m in.

  5. Julien Strangler
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 3:42 PM

    Cleveland Arts has some really great stuff. I do believe that DARR on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn has worked with that guy before, and if not definitely has some similar pieces…

    Moon River Chattel was another good call. They have a lot of great stuff too.

  6. Michael Williams
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 3:45 PM

    City Foundry on Atlantic is one of my all time favorite stores.


  7. nick
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 4:01 PM

    There is a good spot in Middletown CT for salvage. Another for old bars in Philly.

  8. Dominic
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 4:50 PM

    This place looks truly amazing.

    If you live in the UK here are 3 similar places;

  9. Ivan
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 11:46 PM

    Cleveland Art looks stupid nice. Does anyone know of good salvaged furniture places in Hoboken/Newark area?

  10. tons of land
    on May 5th, 2009
    @ 1:37 AM


    how about letting us in on what the name of the place is for salvage in middletown?

  11. Neil S
    on May 5th, 2009
    @ 1:40 AM

    Should you ever find yourself in San Francisco, check out The Industrialists Flickr pics here:

  12. ben
    on May 5th, 2009
    @ 8:38 AM

    City Foundry is such an incredible ripoff. The owner is unwilling to budge on prices, I don’t understand how they make any sales in this economy. In that business you have to be willing to make concessions or at least consider.

    Moon River Chattel is awful as well. I was at the brooklyn flea last weekend and picked up a table and pair of benches that were from the same source as Moon River at a FRACTION of the price. 1200 at moonriver versus 240 at the flea.

  13. Julien Strangler
    on May 5th, 2009
    @ 9:09 AM

    Ben, if you’re wondering one second how people are surviving in this economy, and then the next chastising them for marking up the goods they sell, then there’s a problem…

    Sure you can get the kind of stuff these places stock at the fraction of the price if you know where to go and bother renting a truck and driving around and finding it, but that’s not to say these places are rip-offs. They have to find it, they have to buy it, they have to hope it sells, pay rents and wages and all the rest. Of course there is a mark up. And usually it’s not about what was paid but what the thing is worth. The nature of the beast.

    If you really want something you can put the work in and find it somewhere else for cheaper. But the fact is small independent businesses no matter the trade deserve support. Not that there’s anything wrong with going to the source, or getting a good deal if you know how. I just think these places offer an amazing alternative to people who either don’t know where else to find it, simply don’t care, or would otherwise have no idea this stuff existed in the first place.

  14. Ivan
    on May 5th, 2009
    @ 10:43 AM

    Restoration hardware is actually putting out an “industrial salvaged” piece as part of their latest collection:

  15. Ryan
    on May 5th, 2009
    @ 1:39 PM

    I’ve been to Cleveland Art, magical place. There are salvage yards here in Wisconsin that blow my mind in the same way.

  16. Sully
    on May 5th, 2009
    @ 2:36 PM

    Looks like FUN!
    And speaking of industrial salvage:

  17. Michael Williams
    on May 5th, 2009
    @ 2:39 PM

    Hey Sully — do you um, work at Walsh? Think maybe that would have been worth pointing out? Poor form sir.


  18. Sully
    on May 5th, 2009
    @ 3:05 PM

    Yes, and I designed and built these lamps.
    Feel free to delete it.
    My apologies.

  19. FYI
    on May 5th, 2009
    @ 7:45 PM

    Cleveland Art is based out of Cleveland Ohio,
    they just opened up in LA with in the past two years.

  20. Michael Williams
    on May 5th, 2009
    @ 7:59 PM

    Hey FYI,

    FYI, learn how to read.


  21. Shaun @ TWGA
    on May 6th, 2009
    @ 7:19 PM

    You’re a real ass. And I really like it. Way to not put up with the stupidity of everyday people. But, I really want to check the place out. I might have to link to your post if I ever get the chance to head over there and post about them myself.

  22. Alexia
    on May 14th, 2009
    @ 8:07 PM

    I love that kind of furniture!
    It’s a pity i live in Buenos Aires, I wonder how much would cost the shipping from LA?

  23. Angelo R.
    on May 18th, 2009
    @ 3:23 PM

    Nick- I would to love to know where this place is in Middletown, CT. Thanks.

  24. Brent
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 10:28 PM

    Does anyone know of a similar place in the Austin, Tx area?

  25. Jared
    on Jul 3rd, 2009
    @ 3:26 AM

    I’ve been to their shop in Cleveland last time I was home visiting the parents. Actually a bit outside of Cleveland in a town called Chagrin Falls. Needless to say very cool spot. They blow glass in this space, have all the welding equipment etc. Anyway, great space and really nice guys working there. However, and this is completely understandable, since the LA store opened the Cleveland location is not much of a retail setting any longer. Seems to be more a place to build and store before it’s shipped off to LA. LA can take our furniture, I’m just hoping they won’t take LeBron too.

  26. jack
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 6:05 PM

    check out Art & Architecture, in lambertville, nj…..located at golden nugget antiques market with warerooms nos.105-106, that big guy there, has lots of industrial, architectural and agricultural antiques…as well as vintage furniture !