A life of design and creating


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"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain one once he grows up."

— Pablo Picasso

James S. Gardiner

I have been working with precast concrete for 21 years now. In 1997, after many years of making all wood furniture, I felt like my pieces needed some other material added to it to give it more life . I started working with concrete to create table tops for the tables I was making at that time. By 2001, I was doing custom concrete counter tops and fireplace mantels as a full time business. In 2014, I decided to retire from doing custom concrete work and just dedicate my time to making one-of-a-kind items to sell and Atmosphyre was born. Since I love working with both wood and concrete, it only made sense to combine the two in the best way I could. That is how the bathroom vanity and concrete sink combination was born. I feel my style is what I call, “Veranda style”. Being a long time Veranda magazine subscriber, I draw much of my inspiration from the pages of Veranda, and I see the influence in each piece.

It’s one thing to find a good designer and it’s another thing to find a skilled craftsman. But it is not common to find someone who is both. When I was told that you were both the designer and the person actually making these pieces, I was impressed.
— Alan Stein - Tanglewood Conservatories

James S. Gardiner


"I knew I was different when my three brothers wanted toys for Christmas and I really wanted a hammer, wood, nails and a saw."      

                           - James S. Gardiner

Mission in Life

It really is a blessing to know what you want to do when you grow up. I started working with wood when I was at a very young age. When I became a teenager, my mom wrote me a note. That note was just a few sentences, but those words would encourage me and help me to focus on what I do best for many years. I really see my work as just doing what my mom told me to do.

Your wit and personality are an asset, don’t lose them. Use all that wonderful creativity and mechanical skill to it’s full potential. I love you and will always watch over you.