by Rich Christianson
i2i Design of Wood Dale, Illinois, is among a small but growing group of custom woodworking businesses focused on crafting products from the urban forest. Ken Wier and his wife, Lynn, co-owners of the niche business, use wood milled from community trees felled throughout the greater Chicago area due to insect infestation, storm damage, urban development, old age or other life-ending causes.
The growing company’s raw material base ranges
from backyard white oaks and curbside elms to
parkland maples and ash sourced from wherever
the deadly emerald ash borer has invaded.
In the process, making furniture, wall clad-
ding, doors and other wood products, i2i Design
urban logs from
and added to the
to companies and individuals looking to demon-
strate their commitment to a healthier planet.
Regular corporate customers of i2i Design include
Starbucks; Mariano’s, a popular Chicago-area
grocery store chain now owned by Kroger; and
Company i2i Design carves a niche giving community trees a second life
sources Chicago’s urban forest
Kitchen island made from urban wood. Regular corporate customers of i2i Design
include coffee shops, grocery stores and restaurants.
Who: i2i Design
Where: Wood Dale, Illinois
What: Custom furniture using
Plant size: 7,500 square feet
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