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Hudson Furniture has turned a 4,000-square-foot Meatpacking District loft into a pine-scented love note to organic wood. Founder and designer Barlas Baylar creates arresting furniture from domestically salvaged or storm-felled trees; his traditional Japanese-style joinery and hand-rubbed oil finishes enhance the natural, irregular forms of the wood, purposefully highlighting its imperfections. Baylar’s custom tables, benches, and beds lure all types of customers looking for an antidote to mass-manufacturing—aesthetically and environmentally. The company, which prides itself on its green approach to harvesting wood, is the largest repository in New York for legally harvested petrified wood from around the world. The sleek showroom also displays their made-to-order upholstered furniture line and lighting by two very different designers, but the point here is the wood. End tables made from polished stumps or bunches of gathered birch branches instantly warm up a spare interior. A simple walnut slab with a “live,” unfinished edge is a solid, striking 60-inch desk. Whether you have the space or not, take the time to run your hands along the velvety, smooth surface of the English Windsor table, a massive hunk of a table available in custom lengths up to 20 feet long.