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Meet Rudi Repenning of Rudi Repenning Design in Allapattah

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rudi Repenning.

Rudi, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Sweden. I studied design and woodwork before I came to the United States to be the official woodworker on the estate of a Swedish Diplomat in Connecticut. Connecticut was visually very similar to Sweden and after several years I decided to take an impromptu trip to Florida to experience a new sense of climate. That was 1992 and have since never left Florida. I got involved in renovation work in Key West and specialized in working on century-old Victorian homes in Old Town.

Most of these homes were built by Bahamian shipbuilders from Dade-County Pine – which today is listed as an extinct wood. I salvaged the wood from my renovation projects and started creating furniture pieces. My studio is located in Allapattah, Miami where I sell mostly to private collectors. I focus on designing and the fabrication of unique modern furniture. I combine the clean, simple lines of Scandinavian sensibility with that of Caribbean warmth and function. My custom woodwork connects the unique desires of my clients with the soul of the design itself.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My journey through all its ups and downs enforced my love for design and my community.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Rudi Repenning Design story. Tell us more about the business.
Rudi Repenning Design specializes in woodwork. I am a furniture designer that takes pride in my attention to detail. Currently, furniture design is moving towards casting and 3D printing but my work focuses on organic bespoke work that shows the fingerprint of the artist.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
My biggest luck was the discovery of century-old wood in Key West that was discarded from old renovated buildings. Dade County Pine is an exquisite hardwood to work with and difficult to come by. Nothing beats the tonality and rich color this reclaimed material brings to my work.

Pricing:

  • Because my work is custom pricing is unique to each piece. My furniture starts at $3000 and up.

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