Thorn & Ash Supply Company

Thorn & Ash Supply Co. is a Portland, Oregon-based designer and manufacturer of hand-built furniture and household items. I was hired to design the logo.

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The words thorn and ash have roots in woodworking by nature; thorn and ash trees.  The name and letter form go a bit deeper and are derived from two forgotten / dropped letters in the English alphabet: Þ and æ. Ash although not in our alphabet is still used in the form of a ligature combining a and e.

The ash letter form was the base for the mark: simple and symmetrical

Adaptation and illustration of the ash / æ character.
The ‘a’ character when flipped or mirrored become the ‘e’. This keeps the letter true to form, adds symmetry and versatility.