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. In 1999, I sold one of my tables to Jerry Seinfeld. 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.

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

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 penned me a note in the last few days of her life. 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.
— James S. Gardiner