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Welcome to Artifex Northwest

Museum Resource has evolved. A new name—same folks, same service, same quality.

our story

Artifex Northwest was created as T&N Woodworking by two Seattle natives more than thirty years ago. Building on a background of cabinetry and boatmaking the shop changed and grew. In the early 1990’s the name was changed to Museum Resource to reflect our growing presence in the museum and fine art display world. Artifex Northwest blends this rich history of work into a shop that creates unique and varied work with the highest standards and quality. Our approach allows us to appreciate every job as unique and worthy of our full attention. We strive to produce high quality custom work at an approachable price.

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museum / fine art display

Artifex Northwest creates artifact display systems, custom casework, sculpture stands, movable walls, and platform for museums, galleries, art collectors, and artists. We have provided institutions, businesses, and individuals with innovative design and quality workmanship for more than thirty years. Our clients include the Seattle Art Museum, the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, Chihuly Studio, the Museum of Glass, the city of Seattle, and numerous private, public, and corporate collectors. We are well known for our personalized service and ability to provide unique display solutions for each of our clients.

  • CASEWORK

    Artifex Northwest manufactures display cases big and small. From a single micro-climate enclosure built to match the aesthetic of a room, to long runs of built in units with integrated lighting and environmental control. While we can draw from a long history of techniques and engineering challenges overcome, we can also design a unique solution to meet any need.

  • SCULPTURE STANDS

    Our sculpture stand integrates with a ballast sleeve to help mitigate seismic activity. Constructed using a splined mitered joint, the pedestals can be built to any size and configuration. We offer these primed to accept your finish color, or finished to your specifications. Available with or without acrylic vitrines covers, with a number of different options for securing the vitrine to your case.

  • SHELVING

    Utilizing a bracket that is secured to the wall, these shelves can support objects without the need for external structure. Additional options include hidden set screws, and integrated lighting. These shelves can be primed to accept you finish color, or finished to your specifications.

  • MOVABLE WALLS

    Simple, functional, and adaptable our movable walls have a number of uses. Our walls can include adjustable locking feet, hidden doors, and storage space. Available in a range of sizes and configurations these walls can be primed to accept your finish color, or finished to your specifications.

  • PLATFORMS

    Constructed to meet your requirements our platforms can be load barring, integrated with mounting systems, decorative, or used as barriers. Available in any size and design from 2' x 2', to thousands of square feet, with visible or filled seams, and any height these platform can be primed to accept your finish color, or finished to your specifications.

  • TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION

    Artifex Northwest has a long tradition of creating custom solutions for temporary exhibitions. Our team can work with you to develop a plan to transform your space quickly, efficiently, and cleanly. Our experience working within a museum environment helps us understand the needs of our clients.

cabinets / furniture

Artifex Northwest has been crafting cabinetry and fine furniture for over thirty years. Our crew of skilled woodworkers take great pride in producing the finest quality pieces for our clients. With a wide array of work ranging from kitchens to built-ins to fine furniture we approach the tradition of woodworking from a modern vantage utilizing modern high quality materials, tools, and finishing equipment. Our work is featured in homes throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

client list

4Culture / Seattle, WA

Bellevue Arts Museum / Bellevue, WA

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture,
University of Washington / Seattle, WA

Chazen Museum of Art / Madison, WI

Chihuly Studio / Seattle, WA

Children’s Museum / Tacoma, WA

Experience Music Project / Seattle, WA

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center / Seattle, WA

Frye Art Museum / Seattle, WA

Ginn Open LPGA Tournament / Reunion, FL

Kimball Art Center / Park City, UT

Maureen Littleton Gallery / Washington, D.C.

Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick / Seattle, WA

Minnetonka Center for the Arts / Wayzata, MN

Benjamin Moore / Seattle, WA

William Morris Studio / Stanwood, WA

Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art / Tacoma, WA

Northwest African American Museum / Seattle, WA

Palm Springs Public Arts Commission / Palm Springs, CA

Port Gamble S’klallam Tribe / WA

Ginny Ruffner / Seattle, WA

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art University of Oregon / Eugene, OR

Sellen Construction Company / Seattle, WA

Springfield Art Museum / Springfield, MO

Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center / Shelton, WA