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About

Built by a team of experienced product designers and engineers, PARSONAL is custom furniture, on-demand, built from real wood to any size and finish.

    1. Choose a product from our online catalogue.      

    2. Customize the length, width, height, finish and more, all in your web browser.

    3. Checkout simply and securely.

Each furniture piece is hand crafted in Nashville, Tennessee using Appalachian timber.

We’re product designers by trade, and our furniture reflects that. We built PARSONAL around the principles of the original Parsons table, which was intended to be so simple that regardless of its size or finish, the integrity of the design would be maintained. Because of this, PARSONAL seamlessly blends with any style or aesthetic.

Every piece in PARSONAL is built using high quality wood sourced locally from the Appalachian Timber Reserve - you won't find MDF or particle board here. Not only is it durable, but it has also been designed to be easy to assemble and disassemble.

We’ve spent the last year building and perfecting our online user experience, from selection to checkout. The high standard to which we craft our furniture is also the standard to which we’ve refined our selection and customization process.

1. Choose

Begin by choosing a piece of furniture to start from - this is your blank canvas. As a Kickstarter backer, you will be able to choose from one or more of our nine furniture rewards.

2. Customize

Next, customize your furniture in real-time 3D on any device with a web browser - no app or software required. As a Kickstarter backer, we’ll send you a unique link to the configurator, where you’ll be able to customize the furniture reward(s) you purchase.

Backers will have the ability to customize everything: the size of the piece, the shelf configurations, and the finish of the tops & trim. For specifics on each product, refer to the rewards section.

The Configurator
The Configurator

3. Checkout

Simply and securely checkout. Your order will be built, flat-packed, and shipped to your door, ready to be assembled.

We've been working hard to build and perfect PARSONAL, but it's up to you, our Kickstarter backers, to bring it to life. That's why we've crafted a plethora of quality rewards at all price points.

Born out of a small garage in East Nashville, Arrister is a small team of three. Spawned from the award-winning 2ndlook Studio, the company was founded in May of 2014 when Andy Chick, a product designer, and his wife Lara struggled to find an end table that would fit their new living room. After visiting retail stores, shopping online, and even talking to custom furniture makers, it was clear that finding the right piece of furniture was nearly impossible. Andy, frustrated from his experience, decided to take matters into his own hands, and thus the concept of Arrister was born.

After graduating from Jumpstart Foundry, one of the nation's top startup accelerators, we’ve spent the last year developing and perfecting PARSONAL, our first furniture line. With your help, we'll be able to share it with the world.

We believe people deserve quality, custom furniture that's made in the USA, but we can only make it a reality with help from you, our Kickstarter backers.

Our funding will be used towards three specific goals:

     1. To secure a factory space able to handle fulfillment of large order quantities. Our current shop is a small space on loan from our landlord, and it is nowhere near ready for mass production. With your support, we'll be able to build out our factory and bring custom furniture to the masses.

     2. To finish and perfect our ready-to-assemble functionality. It’s very important to us that our furniture is easily assembled and disassembled. Our Kickstarter campaign will provide us resources needed to perfect this functionality.

     3. To wrap up development of the product configurator. Our configurator technology has been under development for almost a year, and while fully working, we still have some features and functionality that we'd like to implement in the final version.

We have uploaded our entire PARSONAL collection to SketchUp's 3D Warehouse as Dynamic Component Models. This allows you to download our furniture directly into your existing SketchUp models and customize the size and finish, just as you would on our website. This is especially useful for Architects and Interior Designers who use SketchUp to design their spaces. Visit the Arrister page on SketchUp 3D Warehouse for more info.

PARSONAL CAD models are available on SketchUp 3D Warehouse.
PARSONAL CAD models are available on SketchUp 3D Warehouse.

Risks and challenges

While we are experienced product designers and have been doing this for a long time, as with any project, there are some risks and challenges that we must consider.

One of our biggest challenges is estimating the time it will take to move into our new space, and get it ready for production. We have baked in a conservative window of move time into our schedule, but there is always a risk that it will take longer than planned.

Another risk is that we still have testing to do on our ready-to-assemble manufacturing process at a large scale. Again, we have baked in time for this into our schedule, but if setting up our new equipment takes longer than expected, it might affect our fulfillment timeline.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    THANKS! We can't possibly do this without every single one of you. We'll engrave your name on our "Kickstarter Backer Sign" that will hang in our new workshop, front and center and visible every day when we walk in, right next to Andy's LEGO Star Wars Collection.

    We're making it out of solid walnut, and it's going to be glorious.

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    The Arrister iPhone Kickstand

    Because phones should never be put on their backs. A portable iPhone stand that can be used with or without a standard sized case, made out of solid walnut.

    We will also engrave your name on our "Kickstarter Backer Sign" that will hang in our new workshop, right next to our oil-on-canvas self portraits.

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    The Arrister Stand

    Use it for your tablet, a photo, a vinyl record, a cookbook - the sky's the limit! Made out of solid walnut.

    We will also engrave your name on our "Kickstarter Backer Sign" that will hang in our new workshop, right next to our copy of SketchUp for Dummies.

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    The Arrister T-Shirt

    Designed by us and printed right here in Music City by a local screen printer.

    We will also engrave your name on our "Kickstarter Backer Sign" that will hang in our new workshop, right next to Ron Swanson's Pyramid of Greatness.

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    The Tennessee Coaster Set

    Save your furniture from water rings with a set of four (4) coasters engraved with the Tennessee Tri-Star. Made out of solid walnut.

    We will also engrave your name on our "Kickstarter Backer Sign" that will hang in our new workshop, smack-dab in the middle of our series of Motivational Posters (between Integrity and Teamwork).

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    The Little Stand

    Alleviate neck pain by creating a monitor riser, or use it for accessories on your desk or bureau.

    Choose the length, width, height, and finish. We will send you a personalized link to our configurator so that you can quickly & easily design your custom piece!

    Made from Appalachian timber. Minimal assembly required.

    Maximum dimensions: 18"L x 12"W x 8"H.

    We will also engrave your name on our "Kickstarter Backer Sign" that will hang in our new workshop, right next to our old-fashioned analog wall clock.

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    The Big Stand

    Use it as a shoe shelf, a stand for a potted plant, or whatever you need to elevate/organize.

    Choose the length, width, height, and finish. We will send you a personalized link to our configurator so that you can quickly & easily design your custom piece!

    Made from Appalachian timber. Minimal assembly required.

    Maximum dimensions: 36"L x 18"W x 12"H.

    We will also engrave your name on our "Kickstarter Backer Sign" that will hang in our new workshop, right next to our "I Believe in Nashville" mural.

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    The Custom Sign w/Stand

    Customize your very own sign. Upload an .svg or .ai file with your logo, text, and whatever else you'd like. We will engrave it on a solid piece of walnut. We also include a set of Arrister stands designed to hold your sign up for the world to see.

    Maximum dimensions: 6" x 18"

    We will also engrave your name on our "Kickstarter Backer Sign" that will hang in our new workshop, right next to our OSHA-compliant "Emergency Exit" sign.

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    The End Table

    It's perfect for fitting into small and/or tight spaces, where other end tables are too scared to go.

    Choose the length, width, height, and finish. We will send you a personalized link to our configurator so that you can quickly & easily design your custom piece!

    Made from Appalachian timber. Minimal assembly required.

    Maximum dimensions: 24"L x 24"W x 36"H.

    We will also engrave your name on our "Kickstarter Backer Sign" that will hang in our new workshop, right next to our copy of The Proclaimers Greatest Hit.

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    The Short Bookshelf

    Cutomize your very own bookshelf with up to 2 shelves. You can also specify the length, width, height, and finish. We will send you a personalized link to our configurator so that you can quickly & easily design your own piece!

    Made from Appalachian timber. Minimal assembly required.

    Maximum dimensions: 36"L x 18"W x 36"H.

    We will also engrave your name on our "Kickstarter Backer Sign" that will hang in our new workshop, right next to our height progression marks.

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    The Coffee Table

    Customize your very own coffee table to perfectly fit your living room. Choose the length, width, height, and finish. We will send you a personalized link to our configurator so that you can quickly & easily design your custom piece!

    Made from Appalachian timber. Minimal assembly required.

    Maximum dimensions: 48"L x 24"W x 24"H.

    We will also engrave your name on our "Kickstarter Backer Sign" that will hang in our new workshop, right next to our Polaroid photos of Taylor Swift's cats.

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    The Tall Bookshelf

    Customize your very own bookshelf with up to 4 shelves. You can also specify the length, width, height, and finish. We will send you a personalized link to our configurator so that you can quickly & easily design your own piece!

    Made from Appalachian timber. Minimal assembly required.

    Maximum dimensions: 36"L x 18"W x 60"H.

    We will also engrave your name on our "Kickstarter Backer Sign" that will hang in our new workshop, right next to our comprehensive list of Titans wins in the 2014-15 season.

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    The Sitting Desk

    Customize your very own sitting desk. The desk comes with 2 shelves, on either the right or left side. You can also specify the length, width, height, and finish. We will send you a personalized link to our configurator so that you can quickly & easily design your own piece!

    Made from Appalachian timber. Minimal assembly required.

    Maximum dimensions: 60"L x 36"W x 36"H.

    We will also engrave your name on our "Kickstarter Backer Sign" that will hang in our new workshop, right next to our GI Joe action figures...they are NOT dolls.

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    The Standing Desk

    Customize your very own standing desk. The desk comes with 3 shelves, on either the right or left side. You can also specify the length, width, height, and finish. We will send you a personalized link to our configurator so that you can quickly & easily design your own piece!

    Made from Appalachian timber. Minimal assembly required.

    Maximum dimensions: 60"L x 36"W x 48"H.

    We will also engrave your name on our "Kickstarter Backer Sign" that will hang in our new workshop, right next to our stuffed Jackalope trophies.

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    The Dining Table

    Customize your very own dining table or bar top table. Choose the length, width, height, and finish. We will send you a personalized link to our configurator so that you can quickly & easily design your own piece!

    Made from Appalachian timber. Minimal assembly required.

    Maximum dimensions: 72"L x 36"W x 48"H.

    We will also engrave your name on our "Kickstarter Backer Sign" that will hang in our new workshop, right next to our much smaller "Kickstarter Non-Backer Sign."

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Funding period

- (30 days)