Ot/tra by Zimmerman Workshop designs and handcrafts furniture for workplace, hospitality, and residential interiors. Established in 2016 by husband-and-wife team Adam and Sofia Zimmerman, the organic-yet-refined furniture is a natural extension of their Brooklyn-based firm, Zimmerman Workshop Architecture + Design. Like the firm’s architectural projects, the furniture reflects commitment to technical rigor, meticulous detailing, quality construction, and a softened contemporary aesthetic.
The Zimmermans ventured into the furniture world after they designed a table for their office, which was fabricated by a local woodworker. With its wavy legs, the table was based on a kitchen island they originally designed for a client. They never thought it would go much further than that, but this process paved the way for new ideas, and within a year, they brought their nine-piece Catenary Collection to market, first at the Architectural Digest Design Show, then BKLYN Designs and ICFF.
All of the furniture is designed and made in Ot/tra’s own Brooklyn woodshop, not far from where Sofia and Adam live with their two children, Otto and Petra (and the inspiration behind the company name). Because production is in-house, they have much more freedom to explore customization options with their clients. They also like that they can be absolutely certain that each product meets their high standards.