waterdrop workshop

by Grace Bonney

Good morning guys! I’m packing up and jumping on a plane back to NYC this morning, so before I leave the bright lights of Vegas behind, I wanted to start the morning with some cool furniture made using repurposed vintage refrigerator doors. Based in Walla Walla, Washington*, WaterDrop WorkShop is a mom-and-pop shop that designs and builds furniture using sustainable and salvaged materials. I’m partial to the pieces above and below (the top piece uses recycled hydraulic tubing from airplanes!), but you can check out their full collection online right here and here at their Etsy shop. xo, grace

*Does anyone else hear “Walla Walla” and think of Tonya from the Real World: Chicago? I know it’s sad, but my MTV generation brain seriously connects those two things. Thankfully I have something more interesting to associate that city with now.

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  • Love, love the second blue one! And when I hear Walla
    Walla, I think of Dishwalla. You know what’s sad? I ‘ve tuned in to
    Basketball Wives on VH1 t0 see Tammy from the first Real World LA.
    She’s still loco, by the way.

  • Grace, Walla Walla is a very cool interesting little town.
    I live in DC, but my daughter attended Whitman College, which is
    located there – a very good liberal arts college, on par with any
    on the East Coast. Walla Walla is also the center of terrific
    Washington wine country and many excellent small creative
    restaurants. You should visit some time. Not to mention the onions!
    Fantastic when in season. Loved reading about this and am not

    • Hi Sarah – It looks like their site may have crashed. I’ll check in with them.
      Thanks for the heads up! -Amy

  • Beautiful. I love repurposed things. They have such a story which enhances their looks.

    Walla makes me think of onions. They’re the best kind of onions. Weird I know.

  • Stand by Design fans! -The WaterDrop WorkShop is working on getting the website back up after crashing from all the great DesignSponge traffic.

  • I am a photographer based out of Walla Walla. It’s a great little town! Lots of incredible food, amazing wine, and it’s cute and charming, to boot. Zac and Erin are the nicest people with tons of talent–I’m so glad to see them featured!

  • I went to school in Walla Walla–it’s a great, creative town with amazing food and good wine. So happy to see it get the attention it deserves.

  • Zac’s design abilities are off the chart. You can give him an idea, and he will give you more than one drawing to scale and then different mock ups before you make the final choice, fun and productive process.

  • yes, my mind totally went to tonya too…i think it’s the way she said “walla walla washington…” it’s burned in my brain somehow. glad i am not alone! :)

  • Fantastic! We saved our pennies and got a gorgeous coffee table from Waterdrop…loved it so much we are getting another. :) If you want heirloom quality pieces, they are the way to go.
    PS I stopped watching Real World after London (mid-90s)…yowza I suddenly feel so old!

  • Walla Walla Washington was often used as a name in cartoons in the 40’s with characters that talked really fast. Often in a list with Cucamonga & Bora Bora! That aside, Walla Walla was a haven of culture for me growing up – my sister belonged to the symphony, and we would drive the 50 or so miles to hear them perform. Nice memories.

  • you are my new favorite blog because as i read Walla Walla,
    Tonya’s face popped up in my head and then i saw your comment about
    your thought too. it’s good to know i am not alone in

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