FurnitureLab™ got its start when artist Greg Rapp and his architect wife, Bryna, needed a kitchen table. They had just moved into their first apartment in San Francisco and had the idea to build their own. It was made with basic tools and was a bit rickety, but the couple thought, “If we could make this better, I bet we could sell these!”
Their big break came in the early 1990’s, shortly after they relocated to North Carolina. One of their customers opened a restaurant and asked them to make tabletops with pictures of her dogs. It was the couple’s first project of this scale and proved to be the pivotal point in their business. It occurred to them that this was a great commercial application of their process.
Over the years, they have grown their product line and their business in response to needs expressed by their customers. By early 2000 their focus had shifted from the more whimsical furniture for restaurants and cafes to the Contract Furniture market and other institutional customers like colleges, hospitals, and the military. It was at this time that they changed their name to FurnitureLab™ to better reflect their new identity. Since then, their business has continued to flourish thanks to the hard work of their dedicated staff, their reps, and the trusting relationships they have developed over the years with their dealers and customers.
The relationship with Yes Solar started when the Rapps contacted Yes in January of 2014. They already had a proposal from another solar company but chose Yes for the 5. 5 kW system they wanted on a pole barn behind their home. When they were ready to install solar on their Carrboro, N.C. company, Furniture Lab, the choice was obvious. They had been impressed with the level of attention to their residential project and gave us the distinct honor of choosing us for their building. Wish we could do the same: their furniture is beautiful!