Artisans Spotlight – Scátháin; Object Makers & Craftspeople via Artisans List
John McWilliam has a special relationship with wood – particularly old and soulful pieces, salvaged from long-gone buildings.
“I’m always on a hunt for repurposed wood,” says the founder and owner of Scátháin, a workshop, studio and atelier in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Some wood has no interest. Some is, ‘Oh my god I need that!’ It might not be attached to a current project, but I feel that it has a story to tell one day.”
Jagler: Scathain founder McWilliam brings art to commerce via Journal Sentinel
A visitor asks John McWilliam to describe what he does for a living. McWilliam pinches his chin between his index finger and thumb. A few seconds later, he responds.
John McWilliam Bravo! Entrepreneur Award winners via BizTimes
From a 45,000-square-foot Walker’s Point warehouse, John McWilliam and his team of designers at Scathain create one-of-a-kind pieces of art and furniture for businesses, celebrities and recognized designers all over the world.
A Historic Third Ward home combines contemporary appeal and family-friendly amenities
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A family of four is not the Historic Third Ward’s typical demographic, but for one Milwaukee area homeowner, his fiancée and his two children, a 3,200-square-foot condo in the trendy Cream City neighborhood is home.
The home itself is the result of a six-month-long gut renovation, where nearly every piece of the original space, from flooring and wall coverings to light fixtures and hardware, was replaced.
Shorecliff Residence Combines Midcentury Modern and Prairie-like Styles
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A calmly hued but impressive custom-mirrored art piece from Milwaukee-based studio Scathain draws attention to a concrete fireplace as a living room focal point. The kitchen extends the natural material theme, including Asher cabinetry, a translucent quartzite island, granite countertops, and glass backsplash.
Scathain - First Time Winner
Upon winning the Future 50 Award, owner John McWilliam was interviewed by the BizTimes regarding his company, it's growth, and where he is going to take it next.
Growth Training Program a Breeding Ground for Future 50 Winners
One of those participants, a company called Scátháin that makes custom furnishings with metal, wood and mirrors, has already grown by 50 percent this year and expects to grow by another 50 percent next year.
Scátháin has a growing list of impressive clients, including Lambeau Field’s 1919 Kitchen & Tap, Harley-Davidson Inc. and Milwaukee Tool. Right now, Scátháin is in the midst of doing work for the new Milwaukee Bucks arena and a crop of hotels opening in the area.
Doors Open Milwaukee is Historic Milwaukee's Most Ambitious Project
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Brian Kramp at Fox6 Real Milwaukee and Grace Fuhr of Historic Milwaukee visited Scathain to discuss the upcoming weekend's annual Doors Open Milwaukee event and to showcase one of the exciting buildings joining in on the fun this year, Scathain.
Journeyman Hotel Connects with the Community Through Local Creations
The Kimpton Journeyman, an upscale boutique hotel that opened at the end of June, is one of 60 Kimpton properties in the United States. Forging strong ties to the Third Ward and other Milwaukee neighborhoods, however, was important to the company.
In order to do so, the hotel hired multiple local artists to contribute to the decor and create a custom aesthetic.
Scathain Wins Its First Future 50 Award
Scátháin has been named a 2016 Future 50 company by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s Council of Small Business Executives.
The Future 50 program recognizes privately owned companies in the seven county Milwaukee region that have been in business for a minimum of three years and have shown significant growth in both revenue and employment. The program is in its 29th year.
This is the first year that Scátháin has won and only the second year it has been eligible to win.
Scathain's Head of Metal Mattila Brings the Passion: A People on the Move Spotlight
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Metal artist Pete Mattila has joined Scathain LLC, a design build firm in Milwaukee's Walker's Point area. He answered a few questions for the Milwaukee Business Journal about joining the firm and the work he'll be doing.
Milwaukee's Coolest Offices: Guitar wall, dog mascot part of Independent Studios
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In our Manhattan suite, we commissioned artists at Scathain to fabricate the workstation, credenza and end table using reclaimed wood.
Living a Rock n Roll Dream on King Baby
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The authentic Fender Stratocaster guitar dipped in chrome against the wall is a contribution from Slick Design. "There are only two guitars in the world made like that. Those are real working guitars; they were taken apart, chrome-plated and they work," says Laudizio.
Scathain Participates in Third Ward Gallery Night
Scátháin is participating in the Third Ward Association's Gallery Night on Friday, April 15th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. During this time, Scátháin will be opening their doors for the public to learn more about the design and build firm, tour the facility, and view/purchase personal artwork by the artisans.
Scátháin has showcased their work during past Gallery Nights, but this will be the first time they are doing so in their own facility. When they participated in 2015, they were hosted by the Iron Horse Hotel, whose lobby and restaurant features Scátháin work.
growth a balancing act for scathain
It can be hard to find a balance between what has made a company successful and what can help it grow moving forward.It is a dilemma Scátháin founder John McWilliam knows all too well. It took him months to create the mirror samples that landed him work with Kohler’s Ann Sacks line. He has other potential customers, but instead of spending the 60 hours he could each week creating new samples, he’s working on the day-to-day challenges of running a business.
Custom home furnishings maker seeks MEDC loan for expansion
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A Milwaukee business that makes custom home furnishings for the likes of Khloe Kardashian and Neil Patrick Harris is seeking financing from a nonprofit business lender to buy new equipment.
Scathain LLC wants a $220,000 loan from the Milwaukee Economic Development Corp. to help pay for the equipment, according to a new report. The $786,000 project, with $500,000 set aside for working capital, would include financing from the primary lender, Ixonia State Bank.
Milwaukee furniture, art shop Scathain opening online shop
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Design and building firm Scathain LLC hopes to expand beyond its Walker’s Point shop, opening up online sales options starting next month.
Scathain Opening Online Store
Scathain, a Milwaukee-based design and build firm, most recently noted for their work with the new restaurant at Lambeau Field, is making its designs available for immediate purchase via an online store on their website, www.Scathain.com. The store is scheduled to open on October 1, 2015.
Lambeau Field restaurant designer plans online store
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Scathain, a Milwaukee-based design and build firm that produced elements for 1919 Kitchen & Tap at Lambeau Field, plans to sell its designs online beginning Oct. 1.
Scathain is known for its use of reclaimed wood, sculpted metal and hand-silvered glass mirrors. Some designs will be reminiscent of past projects, such as a dining table that is patterned off the executive conference tables at Harley-Davidson, while others will be never-before-seen additions to the Scathain brand.
One-off pieces will regularly be added to the site, new lines created, and Scathain merchandise, such as apparel, will be available in the near future.
Scathain's designs available online
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MILWAUKEE - Scathain, a Milwaukee-based design and build firm, said its designs will be available for purchase through its online store starting Oct. 1.
According to the Tuesday announcement, some of the designs will be reminiscent of Scathain's past projects, such as a dining table that is patterned off the executive conference tables at Harley-Davidson, while others will be new creations. The prices will vary depending on the size of the furniture and complexity of the design. There will also be a custom design option.
SCATHAIN BRINGS PASSION, BEAUTY, AND OLD WORLD CHARM TO AREA RESTAURANTS
There's art all around us, and some of it can be found in Milwaukee restaurants.
In some cases they're items you don't think too much about – like the tables at Stack'd Burger Bar. Or the mirrors at Wolf Peach.
In other cases, they're things you notice right away – like the wine bottle chandeliers at Pizza Man, or the patio furniture in The Yard at the Iron Horse Hotel.
But, in the end, they're all elements that contribute to a comfortable, memorable dining experience. In these particular cases, they also contribute to the livelihood of numerous Milwaukee-based artists and craftspeople.
A BIT OF LUCK, CONNECTIONS BRING SCÁTHÁIN ARTISTRY TO CELEBS' HOMES
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Actor Neil Patrick Harris has tiles fashioned by Scátháin in his Harlem townhouse, which was featured this year in Architectural Digest.
Celebrity restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump ("Real Housewives of Beverly Hills") purchased a bunch of McWilliam's 20-inch-by-20-inch tiles (some of them retail for more than $500 each) for one of her restaurants in L.A.
And United Arab Emirates oilman Badr Jafar, whose family operates wells in Iraq, the Persian Gulf and elsewhere, "bought a whole gaggle of stuff," McWilliam said.
“HISTORY IS SPRINKLED WITHIN THE SPACE:” 1919 KITCHEN & TAP OPENS FOR BUSINESS INSIDE LAMBEAU FIELD
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They wanted the restaurant to have a rustic, natural look. There’s copper piping for the beverages, steel and brick.
Some reclaimed wood pieces are courtesy of Scathain — a Milwaukee company. You’ll find their work in the host stand, beer stations at the back of the bar and the leather upholstered booths.
1919’s design was a collaboration of the Packers and The Rockwell Group of New York. Scathain, a custom-furniture and decorative accessories manufacturing firm in Milwaukee, created many of the elements in the restaurant, including tables, seats, planters and a simulated factory wall.
“There was a certain vintage, old-fashioned approach that goes back to 1919 we wanted to draw on. And also the industrial essence of the region,” said John McWilliam, owner of Scathain. “We went back and forth with trying to make sure things were subdued and traditional and old-fashioned instead of glam.”
From the moment guests walk through the large door at the entrance of the restaurant, they'll know that 1919 isn't your typical stadium restaurant. Thanks to myriad thoughtful details – some created by Milwaukee-based artisan design firm Scathain (including restaurant tables, service counters, upholstered booth seating and outdoor planters) – the restaurant is a virtual work of art.
SCÁTHÁIN, A MILWAUKEE COMPANY, DOES WORK FOR 1919 KITCHEN AND TAP AT LAMBEAU!
You might not recognize the company’s name, but you’ll soon be able to take a look at their work at Lambeau Field!
“Everyday we get inquiries from around the world,” John McWilliam, Scátháin’s owner said. And soon, you’ll be able to take a look at work Scátháin did at Lambeau Field!
McWilliam and his crew worked on the new 1919 Kitchen and Tap inside Lambeau Field. “When this places opens, I’m very happy to say that you’ll go in there, you’ll see Scátháin designs and craftsmanship,” McWilliam said.
Design and build firm Scathain recently completed commissioned work on the new restaurant at Lambeau Field that replaces the legendary Curly’s.
Milwaukee-based Scathain designed and built benches and side tables to adorn the lobby of the restaurant, 1919 Kitchen & Tap, in addition to industrial steel table bases with “1919” fabricated into the design. The name of the restaurant reflects when the Packers team was organized.
“It is a distinctive honor to be a part of such an historic destination,” said John McWilliam, owner and founder of Scathain, in a statement.
The mirror alone took months — not just to design and integrate decades of Green Bay Packers imagery and history, but to engineer and undergo substantial research and development.
LOCAL ARTISANS COMPLETE WORK AT LAMBEAU FIELD
MILWAUKEE, WI, June 24, 2015 — Milwaukee-based design and build firm Scathain completed commissioned work on Lambeau Field’s new 1919 Kitchen & Tap this month, with the restaurant opening in late July.
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS AND DAVID BURTKA INVITE AD INSIDE THEIR NEW YORK CITY HOME
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Architectural Digest visited all-around great couple, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, to tour their Harlem home. We felt so lucky to see that their design included tile from our Hermitage and Eastern Promise collections by Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Check out this gorgeous master bath fitted with ANN SACKS and Kallista.
START-UPS SHINE DURING MILWAUKEE'S ENTREPRENEUR WEEK
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Entrepreneur Week kicks off Monday in Milwaukee. The city has helped plan more than a dozen events to help new businesses grow.
While many face challenges, as far as John McWilliam is concerned, manufacturing is alive and well in Milwaukee.
KOHLER: WE SPENT AN AMAZING HOUR TOURING SCATHAIN
We spent an amazing hour touring Scathain, a mirror-smithing, metal and woodworking design company. Christof, the nicest designer/tour guide ever, walked us through their space and a few of their current projects.
Our favorites: hand-silvered mirrors and mirrored wall tiles that have a gorgeous abstract, ethereal quality; seriously heavy-duty cast-iron desk bases for Harley-Davidson’s corporate office; and a distressed-brass wall that Sean was creating one brass sheet at at time for a hotel remodel.
OUT OF THE BOX - SCATHAIN COLLECTIVE CREATES ART FROM PURE IMAGINATION
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"We bring beautiful stuff into the world," McWilliam says. "And the world deserves to have it."
One of McWilliam’s most satisfying projects was developing a line of silvered tiles for luxury tile retailer Ann Sacks. He also was tapped by Christian Dior to create customized silvered glass for the fashion house’s product displays.
Interior designers often turn to Scathain when they want an original piece, like a custom-built range hood or unique countertop, and the firm has established solid relationships with building contractors as well.
VINTAGE INDUSTRIAL CHIC - ELM GROVE CONDO DISPLAYS UNIQUE DESIGN
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It’s all in the details and perfection takes time. After consulting with Matter regarding her vision, Vaughan found Scathain and the rest is history. “I kept him busy for a whole year, all he did was this project,” says Matter. Scathain’s touches are everywhere including the steel moulding around the windows, the majority of the case goods, antique mirrors, light fixtures and details added to the furniture. Some of the furniture pieces were also designed and constructed by Scathain craftsmen.
REFINED RUSTIC - '90S REDO HEADS IN SOUTHWEST DIRECTION
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RDR called on John McWilliam and the craftsmen at Scathain to transform 100-year-old barnwood into door frames and ceiling beams, keeping the hand-hewn qualities intact. "One of the beams still had the bark on it," Ryg says. "The clients loved it — the more natural the better. They just loved the history that brought in."
Scathain also hand-forged the kitchen range hood and created a custom wood and iron railing that spans the second-floor catwalk.
USING ART TO CREATE BUSINESS: MILWAUKEE FIRM MAKES UNIQUE PIECES FOR IRON HORSE, OTHERS
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John McWilliam never imagined when he started tinkering with welding and silvering, an artistic technique for treating mirrors, that it would turn into a full-time job and a rapidly expanding business.
Yet three years after his first commission from The Iron Horse Hotel, he employs a team of six artists at his business, Scathain, and revenue already has more than doubled this year.
It’s a story of providence more than anything, McWilliam said. He’s been an artist all his life and spent 20 years as a high-end contract painter.