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Why we love Larch Wood

November 13, 2012
Larch Wood's Round Cheese Board
Greetings from DESU DESIGN. As you may have noticed, our website has recently undergone a facelift. In addition to larger images, menu thumbnails, and a streamlined checkout process, we have expanded! We are now carrying a few select pieces from other designers and manufacturers whose work we admire. These are companies whose passion for quality and beauty matches our own. We hope you love these new items as much as we do.

This week, we’d like to introduce Larch Wood’s end grain cutting boards. During the winter holidays, family and friends gather together over food and conversation to create memories. These beautiful, durable boards are perfect for preparing and showing off dishes this holiday season: they can handle the heavy work of cutting, chopping, and prepping, and they’ll look good doing it. Larch Wood cutting boards make lovely gift for the cooks and food-lovers in your life — or maybe even for yourself.

Larch Wood's Tiger Stripe Buffet Board Larch Wood's Small Original Cutting Board
Dave’s Take:
I have to admit, I envy the Europeans. Not just because of their free health care, or their ability to serve up a great tasting cup of coffee just about anywhere, but because they have such easy access to one of my favorite species of wood, Siberian Larch.

It was in the midst of scouring the internet one day searching for a domestic importer of this glorious wood that I stumbled across Larch Wood Enterprises. Once I saw the work of this dedicated group of craftsmen, I knew we’d found our cutting board partner. These pieces were not just good, they were really, really good. You could tell each board was studied, crafted… made by hands that gave a damn.

Their larch is sourced locally from Nova Scotia. It’s a species of wood that is dense, stable and just the right amount of hard for an end grain cutting board. Each piece is sanded smooth, oiled with food safe mineral oil, and sealed with beeswax. The resulting pieces are not only perfectly suited to their function, but also resonate a kind of beauty typically reserved for fine, studio-crafted furniture.

David E. Scott
Founder of DESU DESIGN

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Season’s Greetings from Vermont

December 7, 2011

Vermont View

Greetings from DESU DESIGN. Here’s wishing you a bit of good cheer this Holiday season. 2011 shaped up to be quite a busy and exciting year here at DESU. Our biggest change was the relocation of our production facility to the lovely state of Vermont. Our new workshop is nestled into the woods, high up in the Green Mountains. In spite of the nasty visit from hurricane Irene, things have progressed smoothly and we are up and running. This move will enable us to expand our production and be in closer dialogue with nature, one of primary sources of inspiration. Our business office will continue to be based in Brooklyn, giving us the best of both worlds, as late night sushi runs are a tricky task in Vermont.

Many of you have been asking about when we will be launching new products. Soon! New and very exciting pieces are in the works. (hint, lots of wood here in Vermont) We’ll also be launching a new web site in the coming months, and there will be some significant changes coming along with it. In the meantime, feel free to let us know what is on your mind. We love having input from our customers, friends, and colleagues. The best new products are the ones that fill that untapped need. Tell us what you wish would improve in the world, and we will see if we can make it better.

Thank you again for your support. We wish you all the best this Holiday Season and in the New Year!

Glühwein: Austrian Spiced Mulled Wine Recipe

December 1, 2010

Greetings from Brooklyn! We come bearing gifts to help with holiday celebrations, and to warm up the winter. Here’s wishing you the best this holiday season. Enjoy!
 Glühwein: Austrian Spiced Mulled Wine
Photo of Glühwein with cloves and fruit slices

As the weather gets cold, we start thinking winter sports. Après-ski fun and fare tops our list of favorite things. We wanted to spread the warmth and share this recipe for our favorite cold weather drink.


  • 2 bottles of good quality red wine
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 lemons, juice of
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 oranges, cut into bitsize pieces
  • sugar, to taste (between 0 – 1 cup)

Place all ingredients in a large, heavy bottomed pot. Place on very low heat and slowly bring up to a simmer (don’t let it come to a full boil). Mull for at least 30 minutes. Leave on simmer until the party’s over.
Serves a party of 10.

The Expert's Take
Like baking Christmas cookies or slow-roasting meats, preparing Glühwein at home packs a delightful double holiday wallop, pleasing friends and loved ones with its warm, wintry goodness while simultaneously filling the house with the heady, soul-soothing aromas of Northern European winters immemorial.WINE: No need to splurge on a single-vineyard Rioja or a barrique-aged Barolo—better to find a value red with strawberry/cherry flavors (in other words, red fruit, as opposed to black fruit), a profile often found in Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, and Sangiovese-based wines. For this recipe, I’d use an Austrian Zweigelt, a cherry/raspberry-redolent grape that both suits the spices in the recipe and keeps the Austrian theme. Try the juicy and gulpable Berger Zweigelt 2008, $14 at Dandelion Wine, just around the corner from DESU Design’s Headquarters.

Adrian Murcia

CHEESE: Try a creamy, soft-ripened cow’s milk cheese—the runnier the better—just nothing with too funky: Vacherin Mont d’Or (a Swiss/French raw-milk gem difficult, though not impossible, to find in the U.S.), L’edel de Cleron (sometimes referred to as ‘Faux Vacherin’), or even a mild, creamy French blue, like Montbriac.

ADRIAN MURCIA has been engaged in the study and teaching of fermented deliciousness for well over a dozen years, donning a wide variety of professional hats along the way: fromager, sommelier, writer, educator, and consultant. His latest venture, a roving educational outfit called Brooklyn Fermented, is dedicated to spreading wine/cheese/beer love across the borough (and beyond) and launches officially on December 12.

DIY Paper Ornament
Axi Paper Ornament Feeling crafty? Download the free pattern for DESU’s paper ornament, inspired by the folding technique of our Axi Tealight Pendants. All it takes is a printer, some card stock, a utility blade, and a straight edge to keep those lines crisp–and a little bit of patience.-> Download pattern

Taste of Greenmarket 2009

November 21, 2009

DESU Design is excited to be a part of this year’s Taste of the Greenmarket fundraiser on October 28th. We’re donating the HUG and the Lithos, two items from our Surface line of tabletop serving pieces, to the silent auction. All proceeds from the event benefit Greenmarket’s Youth Education Project, which enables 5,000 NYC children each year to experience first-hand the value of regional farming and eating fresh, local, seasonal foods.

Tickets are still available, so get them while you can – and enjoy an extraordinary evening of Greenmarket-inspired signature dishes prepared by some of New York’s most renowned chefs. For more information, including ticket prices and where to buy, please visit

Join DESU Design in supporting this wonderful cause and enjoy a fabulous meal in the process!

Taste of Greenmarket 2009

Summer 2009

June 21, 2009

NYC Design Event

April 1, 2009

Spring 2009

March 22, 2009
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