Craftsmanship: SOBU believes the world is a miraculous place, in every piece of furniture they create, a spirit and character is bestowed that will travel along with it into your home; from their initial sketches, into the craftsman’s hands, and to the final journey through your door. Each piece is branded with the SOBU spirit as well as a unique marker that identifies it as a handmade product of exclusive and limited lineage. Designed here, made with international craftspeople with long relationships to SOBU.
Reclaimed: They believe in using plantation grown, reclaimed and FSC certified lumber. Each species of wood has it’s own natural character and variation, and they prefer to simply apply water-based sealers and traditional wax finishes. They don’t fill knots and season splits with epoxy or putty, so you can see and experience the real materials. The fabrics they use are natural fibers like cotton, linen and wool whenever possible and if they can find recycled aluminum and steel they use it.
Laleh was born in Tehran and moved to San Francisco as a young girl with her family to escape the revolution. She studied Film and Photography at UC Davis and returned to San Francisco after college to begin a career in graphic design, all the while maintaining her interest and love of photography.
Alessandro was born in Rome and followed his family from Italy to Brazil, finally landing in Marin County where he met Laleh in high school (just friends). He then attended and graduated from UC Berkeley's School of Architecture and moved to New York City where he lived in a converted basement and built furniture with a friend. While on a visit home, Alessandro happened to spot his old friend from high school on her Vespa and left a note in her helmet inviting her to coffee. Laleh and Alessandro now live in the East Bay with their two kids, one lucky black cat, four chickens and a colorful and lively assortment of fish. to edit.