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Robbie Davis, CEO
Delta Millworks is a custom lumber mill based in Austin, Texas, focused exclusively on sustainable wood cladding and decking products. Since opening its doors in 1985, Delta has developed prefinished siding, paneling, and decking, with all operations under one roof. In 2012, Delta became the first company in North America to perfect and commercially produce Shou Sugi Ban, an ancient Japanese preservation technique that involved charring wood siding. In 2021, Delta expanded from its headquarters by opening a showroom in Park City.
What geographic area do you serve?
We ship internationally, with the majority of our projects in North America. As our wood is sourced from various parts of the world, our products are able to withstand harsh climates, and we enjoy offering a wide variety of materials to a diverse clientele and seeing how our wood can create a localized design aesthetic in many different areas.
How do you see your field changing in the next five to ten years and what technologies will play a part.
I think a lot of companies are grappling with how they can work more sustainably, and that has been a core pillar of our work and mission from day one.
Given how sustainable wood is, as opposed to many other well-known building materials, I would love to see many more mass timber buildings in dense urban areas. I also look forward to having more opportunities to demonstrate the ways in which wood can be used on massive scales, which will in turn create more green cities.
What project(s) are you most excited about?
A fun part of our business is that our clients are so diverse in terms of the scales and the locations of each project. We have a wonderful network of projects in Texas, but we are active across North America and have enjoyed seeing how our products connect to differing ecologies in unique ways.
What other specialties do you have in-house?
In the early 2000s, our company helped introduce the Japanese technique of burning wood, Shou Sugi Ban, to the U.S. market, which is now an incredibly popular material for many projects across the country. We are particularly proud of this product and its incredible durability, especially in areas where forest fires can be a devastating problem or in areas with particularly harsh climates. This wood is preserved through an exacting method of charring, which offers extra protection against many natural disasters.
Do you have favorite materials to use or a style you are known for?
We just released a collection of new Mojave Thermally Modified woods. It consists of 31 prefinished and charred thermally modified cladding and decking products. These products continue to exemplify Delta’s mission to supply the industry with unique, durable, and sustainable wood products. The collection currently features Hemlock VG, Radiata, Oak, and Ponderosa. These products can be used on exterior siding, interior paneling and ceilings, soffits, and decking applications.
What’s the difference between a good house and a great house?
Great architects and visionary clients, of course, but we also believe that material is a big part of making great architectural environments. There is an aesthetic factor, wherein materials can contribute to the visual effect of the building design. There is also the question of strength and durability, with materials that allow buildings to last longer and age better. And then there is health and sustainability. We see this as fundamental to great houses—architecture that is better not only for the broader environment, but that also contributes to the health and wellbeing of the people who use those spaces. On all counts, the wood we supply takes those factors into account, and we always love to collaborate with architects and clients to make truly great buildings.
How did you get your start?
My father, Bob Davis, started the company in 1985 after struggling to find longleaf pine mouldings for a house he was renovating in the early 1980s, the house I grew up in. Delta began in restoration millwork and reclaimed wood and has evolved a fair amount over the years, but we have always been focused on sustainability and quality wood products. I started working at the company in 2007 after graduating from college. I began running the machines and learning about the wood and millwork, but was also drawn to personal woodworking projects that I would do in my free time. During those early years, I began charring wood to create interesting textures and colors, a process that would eventually lead to our modern “Shou Sugi Ban” products, which we now ship all over North America and beyond. The introduction of modified woods and other unique products and finishes have kept us at the forefront of the industry. This pioneering mentality that began with my father is as strong today as ever, and we have always tried to lead the way with methods and materials that embody what we believe in—performance, sustainability, and beautiful and one-of-a-kind wood products.
Williams Metcalf Interiors
Alice Williams, Designer & Morgan Metcalf, Designer
Williams Metcalf Interiors’ mission is to create beautiful living environments that fit and reflect each client, their style, and their home. Each project is a full collaboration with the client’s tastes, needs, and resources carefully considered and kept firmly in mind.
The firm’s passion is designing spaces that truly suit each customer and are the best expressions of their style.
What services do you offer?
We provide a broad range of services from complete new home construction planning and renovation work to redesigning a room in your home or replacing a well-loved piece of furniture.
What geographic area do you serve?
We have offices located in Park City, Utah, and Hanover, New Hampshire. We work throughout the West and New England.
Do you have any special certifications or specialties?
We have the ability to offer 3D modeling and rendering capabilities to our clients, which allows our clients to see a sneak peak of what their space will look like on reveal day.
What project(s) are you the most proud of?
We are always honored and appreciative to be part of each client’s project. There is one in particular that remains a highlight. We successfully furnished an entire Manhattan apartment within an exceedingly tight deadline… all while never having stepped foot into the space.
What’s the difference between good design and great design?
Good design is just designing for the space. Great design is listening to the client while meeting their needs and aesthetic goals. Home is different for everyone and is the place where one needs to feel most comfortable. Great design achieves this!
Do you have a favorite sport or recreational activity, and what do you enjoy about it?
Morgan – I love trail running with my dog! It is the best for both of us. Great views and the fact that my dog is tired at the end of it all makes it the perfect activity!
If you could own any piece of fine art, what would it be?
Morgan – Being an interior designer, I often see furniture as art. I have always coveted the Dorothy Draper España Bunching Chest, not only for style but for what Dorothy Draper did for our industry as she was the first to establish an interior design company.
Alice – Charlie Hewitt is an artist who started a project in 2019 with a single, lighted sign that says Hopeful. He has since installed these in public spaces in NYC and the reaction has been wonderful. We are living during challenging times right now and each of us experiences this differently, but all of us benefit from a little hope. If I could, I would acquire this piece of art and donate it to a public space near where I live.
What is sure to make you laugh?
Morgan – Alice and I working together every day. We always take time to find and celebrate the little moments in our workday. It is what makes coming to work so fun!
Alice – I am fortunate to call Park City home. The natural beauty and recreational choices seem limitless. Since winter is my favorite season and winter sports are my favorite activities, I definitely live in the right place!
If you weren’t an interior designer, what would you be doing?
Alice – If I wasn’t an
interior designer, I would be a textile and wallcovering designer. I particularly love these materials in my work and have all sorts of ideas for new patterns and textures. Creating artwork, using color and pattern, finding new textures as a job? Dream come true. That said, I love my work and am so fortunate to enjoy what I do every day.