August 25 – 28, 2020

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA| USA


Chris Dehmer
Managing Partner: Darkhorse Woodworks

LWood-working is in Chris Dehmer’s DNA. His great-grandfather was a German wood-worker who immigrated to the United States late in the 19th century. Wood-working has been a lifelong passion for Chris, stretching all the way back to childhood, when he spent hours with his grandfather in his workshop. (For a 5-year-old, filing a piece of scrap wood into a pile of sawdust was truly exciting.)
Chris, a native of Fayetteville, NC, built commissioned pieces for nearly 25 years, moonlighting while working day jobs in the technology and construction management industries.
Then, nearly a decade ago, he decided it was time for a change and turned his wood-working side line into a full-time endeavor: Dark Horse Woodworks opened in 2007 in the Metropolitan Business and Arts District, a historic warehouse complex that has been transformed into a thriving center for art studios, galleries and workshops.
The company has come a long way since its beginning in a 220-square-foot home garage; after several moves to increasingly larger spaces, Dark Horse is now headquartered in a 7,000-square-foot space – something that seemed unimaginable back in those early garage days.
Dark Horse specializes in the design and hand-crafting of custom cabinetry and one-of-a-kind furniture for some of the most creative and discerning clients in the Southeast. Chris and his team have extensive experience crafting many styles, but most of their work is focused on contemporary and modern designs for kitchens, living areas, bathrooms, libraries and beyond.
The company’s collaborations with innovative design and architecture firms have led to awards as well as coverage in national publications such as Dwell magazine and The New York Times. A number of the homes Dark Horse has worked on have been featured on the Modern Atlanta tour in recent years.
Chris’s past experience project-managing commercial construction projects and working in the Internet/technology sector have had a major influence on the way that he runs his business. For example, he has made several major strategic decisions to invest in S2M software and equipment that would enable Dark Horse to work more efficiently and maintain its commitment to quality and old-school workmanship.
Chris is committed to staying ahead of the curve to meet the expectations of the ever-modernizing design and building fields; in August 2015, Dark Horse acquired Zero-Edge Technology to produce cabinetry and furniture components with seamless edges – a game-changer for the company and the industry as a whole.