Benevolent Design Co. Was founded in 2012 by me, Patrick Ryan. Tired of where I was in my life, I decided to leave the career in sales that had left me unfulfilled, with all the things that society had told me I needed to be successful. Grateful for everything that has happened in my life, it was that career that often left me alone in the truck driving down winding backcountry roads. Roads that were lined with old buildings, most of which were overgrown and forgotten. I was enamored, and it was there where Benevolent Design Co was created.
The wood inside those buildings were once something special. Now left and forgotten by most. But…just underneath the weathered surface was something more beautiful than anything you can find brand new at the lumber yard. Not only are we recycling this material, the “old growth” lumber that was cut down from the virgin forests when our country was first being settled/developed, and is extremely high quality. Trees took longer to reach maturity, resulting in the rings being closer together, the lumber that is denser and more stable. The years of abuse from the weather and abuse left random character marks. Iron nails that were buried deep in the boards were slowly staining the tannins in the wood. All of these things (and more) distressed and stained the old growth wood we use in ways that cant be replicated today with new materials.
I believe reclaimed wood is a perfect analogy for life. The high quality that is often overlooked because of the holes, the weathered surface, the stains, the years of abuse. It all makes each piece unique and special… Life is messy. Its the scars, the pain, the hurt, the failed relationships and careers that teach us the biggest lessons in life. Those trials and tribulations are what defines us and makes each one of us beautiful and unique. Sometimes we just need a piece of lumber to remind us of that.
Our goal is to bring you beautiful, unique, one of a kind furniture. Because you’re beautiful and we want your furniture to remind you of that. We hope to make you smile. And we hope you pass that smile on to each person you cross paths with today.
That’s how we change the world.
P. W. Ryan