How it all started
rePly Furniture is the culmination of many years of creative pursuit. With a desire to create and a need to be a "part of the solution" Steve Lawler found his niche in building earth-friendly furniture from discarded plywood scraps.
He began working with wood as a child in his grandfather’s small wood shop in San Diego, California. He continued with this hobby into Junior high and on into High school. As time went on, though, working with wood would take a back seat to other creative pursuits such as photography and painting. He showed his work in various galleries in Virginia, Washington, California and Mexico.
While spending time in Mexico he continued to explore creatively and began experimenting with found object sculpture, often using old pieces of discarded wood and other detritus to create whimsical sculptures. Slowly, he found himself drawn back to the art of woodworking and in 2007, when he moved to Tacoma, WA, he made a conscious decision to begin a new chapter in his life. He applied for an apprentice
At rePly Furniture we strive to create the highest quality, thoughtfully and creatively designed, earth friendly furniture we can. We also strive to maintain the highest level of professionalism, integrity, honesty, and fairness in all our relationships.
cabinet maker's position at a local custom furniture and cabinet shop and began his first venture into professional woodworking.
Within a few short months he was creating and building his own designs on the weekends and after-hours. Seeing how much waste there was in the industry led him to recovering and collecting large amounts of scrap plywood and hardwoods from the trash and burn pile. It wasn't long after this, in early 2008, that he created his first piece of "rePly" furniture.
The concept and application of building with salvaged plywood has evolved and been refined since its inception. Steve's goal is to build with as much integrity and creativity as possible, pushing the creative limits of his chosen material while maintaining a commitment to building unique, beautiful, high quality, earth-friendly furniture.
He continues to discover new ways to use the plywood he salvages and is still excited about the possibilities.