Walnut Studiolo combines thoughtful modern design with old-world craft. Everything they make is hand-built to work beautifully and age gracefully in their Portland, Oregon workshop.
Geoffrey Franklin started Walnut Studiolo in October 2009 because he wanted accessories for my bikes that he couldn't find on the market. So he decided to make his own.
Through his products Geoffrey is expressing his love for good design, architectural concepts, and natural materials in products that he would want to use himself...and do use himself. He field-tests all products until he's comfortable with them. His goal is to make high-quality, beautiful, durable, and most of all functional solutions to everyday problems.I started Walnut Studiolo in October 2009 because I wanted leather accessories for my bikes (a custom Renovo original wood frame: www.renovobikes.com and my dad's old Bianchi that went on the Seattle-to-Portland (STP) that I had powder-coated in classic cream and brown) but I couldn't find anything like I wanted. So I decided to make my own, and Valerie decided to post them on Etsy to see what would happen. We had a few sales, and then we held a table in December 2009 at BikePortland.org's BikeCraft Fair. The favorable press we received from BikePortland.org and the subsequent roastings we received from BikeSnobNYC put us on the bicycling community's radar, and our business started growing from there. Bicycle accessories are my core focus but I love good design, as an architecture student, and I loved learning how to work leather as a medium. Eventually I also started enjoying the juxtaposition of leather and wood. In these products, I'm expressing my love for good design, architectural concepts, and natural materials in products that I would want to use myself...and I do use myself. I field-test all my products until I'm comfortable with them before listing them on our shop. My goal is to make high-quality, beautiful, durable, and most of all functional solutions to everyday problems. Thank you for buying small and handmade. I put my heart in everything I make.