This business speaks English and Spanish.
Turtle and Hare is a craft furniture showroom that also showcases artisanal housewares and gifts. The showroom was opened in 2013 by husband and wife design team, Monica Reskala and Christopher Weiss. It showcases examples of custom made furniture that is inspired by the Japanese aesthetic.
Mr. Weiss is a highly regarded architect that specializes in both contemporary and traditional Japanese design. Ms. Reskala is a trained graphic designer, and she uses her meticulous eye for detail to help customers during the design process. She also curates the showroom. Turtle and Hare’s focus is on creating beautiful bespoke pieces that can be passed on to future generations.
Their mission is to “build good things that last.” They do this by using a slow craft method that incorporates sustainably sourced inputs that are hand crafted. The wood used to create each piece usually comes from fallen trees that are found within a 50 mile radius of their woodshop. Along with one of a kind furniture, they offer design consultations and interior design builds through their parent design company, MRCW Design/Build.
Stop by the breathtaking showroom to draw inspiration for your dream home or office. Take the opportunity to feel each piece and admire the intricate details that get lost in photos. While there, peruse the amazing housewares and home decor created by both local and Japanese craftsmen. You may also purchase items at their online store.
Are you unable to make it into the store during regular business hours? You’re in luck! Turtle and Hare participates in First Friday’s and extend their hours to 9:00 PM. Getting to Turtle and Hare is easy. They are next To Forage Kitchen on 25th Street in the Arts + Garage district of Uptown Oakland. There is limited designated parking, but metered street parking can be found near-by. MacArthur BART is an easy 10 minute walk away, and there is ample bike parking in the area.