“More often than not, someone welds up a metal base and slaps a
wood top on it. I wanted to flip that and see if I could do it in
reverse,” says Dean, who works from Hacker Lab in Midtown
Sacramento. He finishes each piece of furniture with a laser cut
signature before sending orders off to West Elm stores in
Roseville, Sacramento, Emeryville, Palo Alto and Palm Springs.