Wood sourced from The Hudson Company can be found in high profile residential and commercial projects around New York City, such as the new Whitney Museum, the High Line, Public Hotel, 1 Hotel Central Park, Isa NYC, Greenwich Lane and the Offices of Mccann Erickson, Patagonia and Whole Foods.
While flooring and material detailing are overlooked by many, it is what many architects call upon to give a space life, character, meaning and depth. It is among the most important considerations in an architect’s process. When materials are chosen correctly, a space comes together seamlessly creating a breathtaking experience.
This is where The Hudson Company comes into play. They are an FSC® Certified wood mill specializing in reclaimed & select harvest flooring, paneling, beams, and molding. Their work has become a go-to choice for designers around New York City including Renzo Piano, Cooper Robertson, Gensler, Ian Schrager Company, Friends x Family, Studio DB and CookFox.
I’ve found that people come back to natural, organic products. Wood floors add richness, warmth and a kind of beauty that other materials can’t seem to mimic.
The Hudson Company is vertically integrated which allows them to fulfill all aspects of the manufacturing process from materials sourcing to milling, grading, and custom pre-finishing. Because they are involved in every aspect of the production process, they offer a wide degree of quality control through the process. Designers can rely on an ethically sourced product which will look great because of the material character that is maintained throughout the milling process.
We spoke with Jamie Hammel who bought The Hudson Company in 2010, then a small mom and pop retailer of reclaimed wood called Antique and Vintage Woods of America. What lead Jamie to purchase the operation is his passion for architecture, design and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Jamie told us, “after college, I worked in tech start-ups and venture capital. After business school, I worked in more traditional, large corporations such as NBC Universal, but always in entrepreneurial roles. I’ve always had a personal interest in and appreciation for architecture, design and sustainable businesses. When coming upon the opportunity to purchase this business, I saw a chance to enhance the product offering and serve the architecture and design communities who needed a reliable resource for sustainably sourced, custom milled wood. It was a big career change for me.” Jamie rebranded the company and created an infrastructure that could handle large projects.
Today, their 30,000 square-foot mill is the second largest employer in Pine Plains. In just 7 years they have grown from eight employees to 25 specialists in millwork, finishing, and design, with showrooms in Pine Plains, Manhattan and Brooklyn with an impressive portfolio of over 50 projects.
I love to see the authentic signs of history in the wood – the century-old nail holes, ferrous stains, and patina that give the material character and meaning
The Hudson Company sources from several places. Jamie told us about Reclaimed Barn Siding, Mushroom Wood, and Oak which are salvaged from agrarian buildings such as the classic American timber-framed barn, built in the late 18th or early 19th century. Their Redwood, Softwood Joists, and Heart Pine are typically reclaimed from urban structures such as New York City water tanks, townhouses, or industrial factories built in the mid to late 19th century. Their Reclaimed Teak for the Highline was sourced from a 17th Century buildings in India. And finally, their non-reclaimed woods are sourced from as far as Normandy, France and as local as the Hudson Valley.
Jamie says, “I’ve found that people come back to natural, organic products. Wood floors add richness, warmth and a kind of beauty that other materials can’t seem to mimic.” The Hudson Company tells a story through their product. “It’s important to preserve that story,” says Jamie, “I love to see the authentic signs of history in the wood – the century-old nail holes, ferrous stains, and patina that give the material character and meaning.” This is the attention to detail architects crave. It is that attention to detail that makes the occupant of a space feel something special. “I enjoy working with our clients including architects, designers, and homeowners to help them realize their design goals. I love to see the finished product in context of the larger project,” says Jamie.
While the company has seen tremendous growth over the last 7 years, Jamie says “there is certainly a demand for our products in other markets and I could envision opening additional showrooms in other cities. We have also developed a strong brand identity – a company dedicated to celebrating high end design and craftsmanship - so it wouldn’t surprise me if we diversified our product line.”