Smart DIY: Bunch Design’s Walnut Dining Table


If necessity is the mother of invention, then does impending motherhood drive invention? For architect couple Bo Sundias and Hisako Ichiki of Bunch Design it was the upcoming arrival of their son last summer that prompted Bo to design and build their walnut dining table.

After a whirlwind home renovation that converted their small redwood home in Elysian Park into a bright, open and airy space, the couple was left with a single sheet of unused walnut plywood. Bo, feeling anxious and waiting for Hisako to go into labor any day, decided to channel his nervous energy into making a table for the family. According to Hisako, it took Bo just two days to whip out the table and “the majority of that time was waiting for the stain to dry.”

The wood was left over from another smart DIY project, when the couple converted a former closet into an open nook and daybed (with hidden storage underneath) and used walnut to clad their stairs as well. The couple, who met in SCI-Arc and run their own architecture firm, make the custom dining room table for customers, which costs $900 plus delivery and can be done with any 3/4″ plywood. Contact for more information.

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