From sea to shining sea, the United States holds a wide stratum of makers. Here we’ve collected the newest products from our favorite welders, weavers, and woodworkers, to name just a few.
- Shedding a past filled with farmhouses and ornamentation, Dawn Farmer and Pierre Kozely decided to embrace simplicity— and architect Michael Sant designed them a home to match.
At Mattermade, nothing is more important than capturing the exact specifics of a design, which means that the best results are achieved without the use of machines. An actual person bends and welds the steel cages that support the Circus shelves, and the rift-cut, Forest Stewardship Coucil–certified oak is also finished by hand. Here, production methods never alter a design; instead they steadfastly serve it.
- Pros: The combination of black lacquered steel, walnut veneer, and black laminate (or, for a price bump, Corian) lends this reissue of a 1950s classic a luxurious feel, as do the self-closing drawer gliders. It’s almost too chic for a home office—unless you live on the set of Mad Men.Cons: When closed, the double-decker drawers appear to be two different sizes, but it’s a front: Upon opening, they’re revealed to be equally puny, just over two inches deep. In the digital age, have roomy drawers gone the way of the eight-track?
- We sifted through some past issues to find images of what some may argue to be the hardest working room in the house.
PVC water mains from Detroit are transformed once Jack Craig heats and manipulates the raw material, converting it into seating—a departure from the pipes’ “highly machined geometry.”
This Hans J. Wegner design was originally created in 1956 and released by Carl Hansen and Son in 2005. The chair is stackable, and suitable as either a dining or a desk chair. The seat of this chair is made of molded veneer, and is available upholstered in fabric or leather.
Expert metal fabricators construct the modular Icon Wall System. One or more covers a process that includes laser cutting, precision bends (made using tools more common in military and automotive work), and finishing while another handles the final assembly. Each box in the system takes a little over an hour to complete, which means the southern New Jersey factory can make just six per day.