Culture | May 28, 2015 9:00 am

9 Wooden Things That Belong in Your Home

Handsome. Strong. Good-Smelling.

By The Editors

Good furniture should accomplish two things.

First: functionality. If it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do, why do you own it?

Second: staying power. Furniture is an investment. If you don’t plan on keeping it, why do you own it?

For wooden credenzas, tables and benches that do both, hit up Stephen Lysak.

Trained by his master craftsman grandfather, Lysak — who has traditionally worked on larger projects for local design firms — now offers his skills directly to consumers via his website.

He saws wood with a Nordic love of simplicity and modernist’s love of clean lines.

So credenzas made with hardwood and served up raw and unfinished.

Patio and spa furniture made with ipe, a lightweight yet sturdy American wood that’s dense enough to resist water.

And accessories like white oak “wallnuts” for hanging coats and bags, serving trays and a sport paddle that’ll come in handy at the beach.

Nine simple, unembellished products in all.

Turn-around is 4-6 weeks, just in time for summer BBQs. And he ships everything packaged in a custom crate.

Stop eyeing; start buying.