Shop Talk: Oakmond Design Offers High-End, Custom Furniture
Oakmond Design, owned and operated by Clay Ungashick, offers high-end, custom furniture. The company specializes in woodworking, metal ironwork and concrete.
Ungashick got a hands-on education in woodworking by working alongside his grandfather in his woodshop from a young age. As his skills grew, he knew he wanted to pursue a career that would meld together his interest in building things with his desire to be creative. While earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design at the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD), he began creating and selling custom furniture pieces with his grandfather’s tool. In 2014, he officially launched Oakmond Furniture. When his offerings expanded past furniture, he rebranded to Oakmond Design to better encompass all that his company offered and became an LLC.
Each piece is custom designed and handmade. Ungashick works with clients to make their vision a reality. He combines his design education with his creative intuition and collaborates with the client throughout the creation process from first sketch to final product.
When working with a client, Ungashick starts the process by asking for inspiration photos. He then takes those ideas and discusses changes, tweaks and alterations to meet both the client’s need and his creative drive. He then takes his 3-D design and brings it to life.
Ungashick does most the work himself—with occasional help from his brother who is also a welder—from cutting, sanding, staining and finishing the wood, to the welding of iron and pouring of concrete.
The first major piece he constructed was a 16-foot round bar top for an event space. He recalled that it was a huge logistical challenge, but that’s what made it so special. He loves taking on challenging ideas and bringing them to life. Since then, he has also made dining room tables, bed frames, countertops, bookcases, sliding barn doors and more.