beautiful bespoke furniture hand made in honolulu
mae brown furniture was founded on the premise that nature is beautiful, inspirational, and essential to achieving harmony within a space. the intention of each mae brown piece is to remind us of our connection with nature in today’s modern, fast paced world.
mae brown furniture is hand-crafted in honolulu, hawaii using salvaged exotic & reclaimed wood. emphasis is placed on highlighting the intrinsic raw beauty of wood, which includes treating cracks, knots, & age marks as nature’s works of art.
every mae brown piece is completely customizable, giving our customers the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind, heirloom furniture and home decor that reflects their individual preferences and lifestyle.
single slab dining table
single slab salvaged monkeypod wood top
solid bronze base
espresso stain and satin lacquer finish
kristin brown creates custom furniture and home decor using locally sourced, salvaged and reclaimed materials from her shop in honolulu, hi.
kristin’s professional background includes roles in technology consulting, brand management and financial services marketing. her life changed dramatically after 15 years in the business world, when her wonderfully supportive husband suggested she step off the corporate ladder in order to pursue a new endeavor in what had become her true passion – furniture. after years of building and refinishing furniture as a weekend enthusiast, kristin sought out an apprenticeship with a highly skilled furniture craftsman, enabling her to hone her skill set with an incredible learning experience that solidified her new life focus. kristin founded mae brown furniture in 2010 with the goal of creating furniture and home decor that reminds us of our connection with nature in today’s modern, fast paced world. she is obsessed with every aspect of furniture design and construction, and this is reflected in her heirloom pieces that highlight the intrinsic raw beauty of nature. kristin holds a b.s. degree in economics and international business from new york university, and a m.b.a from the kellogg school of management at northwestern university. while this has nothing to do with furniture, she insists on touting these academic achievements whenever possible. kristin lives with her husband mike, and her two dogs, gloria and rocco, in honolulu, hi.
whenever possible, mae brown furniture is constructed with salvaged or reclaimed solid wood sourced within the hawaiian islands.
most pieces are constructed with “salvaged” exotic woods, meaning that the wood is obtained when a tree dies, falls down due to wind/storm, or is removed because it is threatening other trees, homes, or outlying areas.
we also use “reclaimed wood”, which is typically acquired when a residential or commercial building or structure is demolished or deconstructed. reclaimed wood is extremely durable and stable, because it was originally sourced during a time when trees were allowed to age naturally before they were cleared for timber.
many mae brown pieces are constructed from salvaged monkeypod (ohai) wood, a species with the wonderfully unique combination of being local, beautiful and sustainable.
mosaic slab dining table
salvaged monkeypod wood top
solid bronze base and solid steel frame
natural satin lacquer finish