David Rasmussen handcrafts beautiful, detailed modern furniture in his Colorado studio and we are very proud to showcase it on Modenus. But on this occasion we want to share something else with you. David is also a master when it comes to constructing tree houses. This example, the Crystal River Tree House feels as if it were part of the forest. David seems to work with environment rather than imposing his will upon it. The tree house was built with log columns as the main support, since the trees on the property are not strong enough to build on and the framing materials of this tree house are made up of either re-claimed or blown-down timbers. Even the foundation system was chosen for its minimal impact to root systems of the surrounding trees.
The interior also captures the feel of the forest. We love the steps up to the platform bed, the irregular walls and ceiling. It’s just an incredibly romantic space, isn’t it?
The Crystal River tree house looks like the set from a Tim Burton movie, or an illustration from a book of children’s fairy tales. One of the things that makes tree houses so exciting is the perceived difficulty of getting into them be it up a ladder or across a rickety looking bridge.
But David also builds tree houses for people who may otherwise struggle to get into a tree house. This is the Cincinnati Tree House, built in partnership with Forever Young Tree Houses based out of Vermont and the Cincinnati parks department. Ash, maple, and oak support the ramps of this fully accessible tree house.
To see some of the unique furniture pieces from David’s collection please have a look at our product showcase.