About Us

Ivan Hull, owner and creator of Acorn Export Inc, has worked with leading designers and artisans from around the world creating products for the US market for four decades.

Acorn’s newest products are French and American recycled oak platters originating from used wine barrels, a truly green product. American craftsmen run the cooper’s craft in reverse and breathe a second, artful life into French oak wine casks.

By disassembling the clever puzzle of steam-bowed oak ribs and cambered end pieces, these artisans have created a range of Provence Platters and our unique Vintage Platter collection. All bear authentic cooper’s marks, many thirty or more years old, and are fitted with rugged wrought-iron hardware, hand-forged in Brooklyn. The surfaces are food-safe: finished with multiple layers of high-grade beeswax, polished to a quiet luster perfectly in step with the simple authenticity of an afternoon cheese picnic or tapas platter.

"The best friend on earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth." – Frank Lloyd Wright