ABOUT GEEK CHIC



WHO ARE WE?

We are a team of 50 or so craftspeople dedicated to creating heirloom quality hardwood furniture purposely built for your life and your needs.

Why? Furniture becomes part of your life–a trusted assistant and most frequent supporting character in your life story.  We believe everyone deserves beautiful, functional furniture and we all deserve nice things.  And we're Geeks, if we are going to do it, we are going to do it right.

We are known for our multi-functional dining/living/gaming tables that redefine how you interact with and use a table. We take the old-fashioned time to get to know you and help customize your piece based on the most important person using it: you. We focus on bringing hobbies and the art of entertaining together for epic gatherings of family and friends.

It's all about you here at Geek Chic!


OUR MISSION

Geek Chic's Mission:  To design, shape and elevate the geek lifestyle.

Latin Motto: Emerge ex Hypogaeo  “To come out of the basement”

Geek Chic makes fine furniture and accessories to facilitate and champion the geek praxis.  Our products include game tables, accessories, and storage solutions for games, comics and other geek ephemera.  We create custom design and fabrication of heirloom quality products to further geek chic living for generations to come.

Geek Chic has been designing and hand crafting geek furniture exclusively since 2008.


ABOUT THE OWNER

 

 

 

Robert Gifford is a one-man-show of business, design, woodworking, gaming, and all things geek.

Robert is the founder and CEO of Geek Chic, makers of heirloom quality gaming tables, comic book storage, seating, and geek accessories.


OUR PEOPLE

Starting as only three fellas in a garage, Geek Chic has grown to around 50 employees, all co-located within about 40,000 square feet of shop space in Everett, Washington, USA. 

Many people make the gears of Geek Chic go. Our woodworkers are an extraordinary force of hard work, expertise, and talent. They're why we can have nice things. You may have met our Valets at conventions: top-notch guides to the Geek Chic lifestyle who work with you to find that custom fit. They're why you can have nice things.

We have designers, engineers, woodworkers, artists, and that guy who makes wooden weapon art. We have an accountant who is very patient with us, and lawyers who are paid to be impatient with everyone. We have drivers, data geeks, writers, quality control guys, a Ron (which means "spray finish kung-fu master"), a laser guy, print nerds, and even our very own CEO. We make everything we do from top to bottom, because we can and we believe in what we're making.

Geek Chic is exactly the kind of culture we want it to be.


THE SHOP

Sawdust, sawdust everywhere.

We have a full wood shop where you'll find everything from hand tools like chisels, planers, sanders, and saws, to larger shop tools like band saws, table saws, and...look, a lot of saws; the rest is clamps and drills. We are not a CNC, mass-manufacture, cookie-cutter type of an operation; our craftspeople make furniture by hand.

We expanded so quickly that we "got to" move 3 times in our first 2 years (Yes, that was exhausting). The 3rd move was to a modest 6,700 sq. ft. shop. Over the subsequent 3 years we have grown to fill several adjacent buildings...resulting in 40,000 square feet across 3 shops. Production, finishing and logistics each get their own breathing space–a long way from where we started.


THE WOOD

Geek Chic furniture is all hand-crafted from strong, straight-grained hardwoods, sourced from certified sustainable forests. 

We hand select FAS* quality North American Cherry, Hard Rock Sugar Maple, Quarter-sawn White Oak, and top quality Black Walnut. These are all sustainably forested within the United States.  We added an African Mahogany known as Sapele to the line in 2016.  Our Sapele also hails from certified sustainable sources, red-brown in color, and has a very unique chatoyance inherent in the wood. 

*FAS grade lumber is the top industry standard grade of lumber used for high-end furniture. Being the wood geeks we are, we have created a specialty "Geek Chic grade" of even higher quality lumber that does not need to be stained (although you may add-on stain should you choose). All the images you see on this website are not stained unless specifically stated. You are seeing the quality of our lumber with a clear conversion varnish sealant--no stain is covering up inferior grades of wood!