How ABDB Designs Founder Djivan Schapira Creates Stunning Furniture

By Stephen Ostrowski | December 11, 2018 | Home & Real Estate

With dazzling interior accoutrements, an East Coast design studio turns heads in the Midwest.

The Atlas table

For ABDB Designs founder Djivan Schapira, the creative process starts at the end—literally. “[The name] stands for ‘au bout du bois,’ which means ‘at the end of the grain’ in French,” explains the 25-year-old, whose patent-pending technique inlays recycled cross-cuts of fruit wood branches into a brilliantly colored resin for seriously kaleidoscopic tables and wall hangings.

Chicago aesthetes agree, too: West Loop hot spot Blind Barber and Logan Square shop Dial M for Modern house Schapira’s fetching furniture—the byproduct of longtime tutelage under his father, a master craftsman whose application of end grain on a commode first inspired the New Jersey-based creative to expand on the process and ultimately form ABDB in 2016. “End grain is very geometric and symmetrical in some ways," reflects the Paris-born Schapira. “Looking at it up close gave me the inspiration to take it one step further and create patterns that are very graphic.” That’s good table talk. Tables from $2,220

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