By Robert Swart on June 25, 2021
For the past year co-founders Ross Beard and Scott Garbe, together with their Ethos Team, united their enthusiasm for functional, forward-thinking design, along with humble respect for organic materials, to combine over 35 years of experience in carpentry and furniture making. Lifelong memories are created for many families in the Denver area through masterfully crafted furniture, all locally custom manufactured to their client’s personalized design specifications.
“What makes us different has its origins in our name, Ethos Furniture. Our Ethos in our deep-rooted belief in a community of like-minded people where the vision of our clients takes center stage during our collaborative design process. With the support of the rest of the community, from the suppliers of the raw material to our in-house design and manufacturing team, we work diligently to brings the client’s vision to life by producing a high-quality custom and personalized piece of furniture that the client can cherish for a lifetime, and that has the inherent essence of a lifelong memory. The core of our ethos is our ability and willingness to be open and listen to our clients during the design process or to be more creative to truly understand the needs and vision of our clients – after all, it’s your vision, your values, your Ethos. We personalize furniture pieces not just customizing them.
We strive to preserve the virtues of American craftsmanship, promote the continued legacy of skilled trades, and create inspired spaces for all.”
Ross married for five years, and although born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, he and his now-wife moved to Denver about six years ago and have settled into and actively supporting the local community.
Ross is what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a self-made entrepreneur who brings true value to his community. High standards of professionalism and strong work ethics of small business owners like Ross are the infrastructures of the bespoke Furniture Manufacturing economy.
Do not take it from me, just look at what some of his grateful clients say about his work:
“Great experience! We love our new kitchen table and bench and have recommended Ethos to family members in Colorado Springs. The team was easy to work with and helped us design a table that worked for our space and style.”
Every dollar that Ross makes goes back to supporting the local business ecosystem and the community as Ethos Furniture supports the Care and Share charity. In support of the local community, they give a 15% discount to our brave frontline workers such as active-duty military, veterans, doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, and police officers.
We sat down with Ross for a quick interview –
Q: Why do you do what you do?
A: “It is pushing the envelope during the collaborative design process with a client and the actual manufacturing to bring the client’s vision to fruition is what’s getting me so excited. The expression on the client’s face when they see the final piece of furniture is irreplaceable.”
Q: How did you get into this profession?
A: “When I was about 11 years old I received a Frank Lloyd Wright book for my birthday. Although the book was about architectural design, I discovered that he designed and built some of his pieces of furniture that fit into his architectural design. I got kind of obsessed about this whole idea of design. I got so excited and wanted to get a table saw.
Well life happens, I was in the military for a bit and when I returned, I enrolled at the University of North Georgia.
During this time my brother-in-law sold a table that he built. He asked me if I am interested in helping him built some other tables because he knew I had some experience. Since then, I just start building tables in my garage with the most rudimentary tools imaginable. I was in college while building furniture on the side and it got to a point where I was more building tables and working till 10 – 11 at night building tables. This is when I realized that this is what I wanted to do. I was truly fortunate to just stumble into my passion. I never looked back since.”
Q: Dealing directly with many people, we asked Ross what’s the most unusual situation that ever happened to you on the job?
A: “We had this one guy that called on us, telling us he wants to build a table that looks like a wooden ship complete with knots and spikes. It was huge, like a 9-foot by 4-foot table. It was the most insane piece we ever had to build, but this guy just loved it. When we delivered it to his home, and you could see he had all these very eclectic things he acquired, and he had a story behind each and every piece of furniture. That was also a defining moment for us because it was shortly after that moment that we moved out of the garage and started building a shop. We have built bigger. We have built a 16-foot table and it took 6 people just to get it into the house.”
Q: If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing a custom furniture manufacturer, what would it be?
A: “I would say you need to feel comfortable with the person. It is all in a collaborative design process. The person you are dealing with must be able to connect with your vision of the product in your mind. If you feel like you must force your idea and get a feeling that your idea is not understood or you’re not connecting, it is probably a good idea to step away and find someone that can connect with you and your idea. We love it when a customer comes to us and challenging us to push the envelope to execute what they want. It all circles back to the Ethos idea. “
Q: What do you like about Denver?
A: “Oh man, the mountains. When I was younger, I often travel to this area on ski vacations with family, and it was only as an adult when I came out here in the summertime and realized it is every bit as good, if not better. You’ve got the best of both worlds. In winter you can go skiing, which is fantastic, and in summer you’ve got the green and you can go hiking and just enjoy the outdoors. We just fell in love with this area.”
For those of you who are looking for a professional bespoke furniture manufacturer for that special piece of personalized furniture for your home or business, Ross and the Ethos Furniture team should be your first choice. Call Ross at (720) 580-1543 or visit www.ethosfurniture.co – Seriously great bespoke furniture manufacturers!
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