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In West Berkeley, a Live-In Furniture Portfolio—and Ad Hoc Blender Museum

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Photos via Patricia ChangWhenever Thomas Harder sees something interesting on the side of the road, he pulls over. Sometimes it's a birch log (fated to become the base of his dining room table); sometimes it's a trove of metal fence signs (ideal fodder for mixed-media collages); sometimes it's the exploded husk of truck tire with a menacing shape (currently awaiting further instructions on a table in his backyard). Harder, a furniture maker and artist, lives with his wife, Nola Burger, a book designer, in West Berkeley. The two both live and work out of a 1,000-square-foot Victorian built in 1896, a feat of organization made possible by the ample storage pieces Harder custom-builds—desks, cabinets, multiple tansus—and by their recent conversion of the attic into a cozy bedroom accessed by a set of captain's stairs.

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