Named for the woodworker’s term for a two inch nail, Sixpenny furniture is a new line from Jon Allen and Kevin Lehrer that strikes a balance between cozy countryside and reimagined retro. The brand will launch digitally tomorrow, and while pieces will generally only be available online, design lovers around the country will be able to touch, sit on and buy pieces from the collection at the pop-up “RoadShop” kicking off in New York City’s Lower East Side this weekend.
Online, consumers will be able to gauge the feeling of the furniture with a unique system called the 6P Meter, which describes pieces in terms that are easy for the average person to relate to. “6P Meter is as close as it gets to experiencing this stuff before you buy it. We built a rating system so you can feel all the feels and get to know real-life characteristics about the item you’re looking at,” says founder Jon Allen.
Allen and Kehrer found inspiration for the collection’s three unique facets, Archive, Foundry and Nest, all over the world. “We found inspiration for one of our Nest fabrics in a Ryokan in Kyoto, and the perfect color for a leather we developed on a vintage Samsonite suitcase we bought in LA,” says Allen. “We have leather from Italy and Thailand, reclaimed elm from Northern China, hand-finished steel from Indonesia, etc.”
The next stop on the brand’s road trip will be Los Angeles on December 9th and 10th, followed by Chicago, Denver, Houston and more cities in 2017.
The Sixpenny pop-up will be at 165 Allen Street on November 5th and 6th.