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Letter from Antares

Hi everyone, I’m Antares, creative director of Sun at Six. We've been pretty quiet about who we are until now: I've always wanted the studio to be one whose work speaks for itself. But the landscape has changed over the years, and it's become clear that we can't stay quite as camera-shy.

Though we started Sun at Six in 2017, I originally learned furniture from my mom, who learned traditional Chinese joinery from a master in Beijing over 30 years ago. After learning the trade, she began with faithful Ming era work in line with what her master taught. Since then, she’s worked to bring attention to classical joinery techniques from China, specifically from the Ming dynasty era.

What began as a tiny workshop in her hometown slowly expanded: new customers, forging her own hardware, purchasing our own kilns, expanding the space, koi ponds for aesthetics, adding radiant heating, experimenting with leather and fabric, re-engineering the joinery system for use across extreme climates, adding skylights for natural light, certificates of sustainability, inventing new tools for joinery work, adding a new wood drying annex.

We’ve now had our work featured in the Forbidden City, the historic ancient and former imperial palace in Beijing, and done work for the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, authenticating traditional work. We’ve come a long way since those humble beginnings, but some things stay the same: all our work is done in-house, and many of the Chinese joinery masters we work with are still with us, decades later, many of whom I’ve known since I was a kid.

Today, we're striving to grow into our own skin as the next generation. Our team is building on this history, and we're excited to share that history and artistry with others. We hope that people here can celebrate the incredible history of craft that exists in China, and fight the old Made in China stereotypes. The joinery techniques we use, for example, are the inspiration for the better-known Japanese joinery techniques celebrated throughout the West. We think it’s particularly important for us to shine a light on individual human stories and experiences across borders that remind us of our common humanity: all of us, from Greensboro to Guangzhou, are just trying to find a path and make it in this world.

Anyway, thank you for stopping by, take a look, and we hope you enjoy.


Sunrise to Sunset

Sun at Six pieces are designed and made in house. Each piece, from raw timber onwards, starts and ends with us. We are FSC® Chain of Custody certified, ISO 14001 and 9001 certified for quality and environmental standards, and Social Responsibility SA8000 certified. Learn more about how we make furniture here.