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August 7, 2013
In this world of big box companies, megastores, and supermarkets, we have lost a certain connection to where the things we buy and bring into our homes come from. This kind of growth and disconnect can only go on so long before the rubber band snaps back, so it should come as no surprise that there is a clear trend toward the return of the handcrafted. Here we highlight just a few of the incredible individuals and partnerships of makers, people returning to art of handcrafting in this fast paced, instant gratification world. All hail the makers.
Furniture designers demonstrating Japanese wood burning technique.

AMERICAN MADE DESIGN: MORAN WOODWORKED FURNITURE

Here, we take a look at Moran Woodworked Furniture from the Southeast. Partners Michael James Moran and Celia Gibson use an intuitive, organic process to yield furniture that pays homage to its arboreal origins, rather than obscuring them.

photos by: Nathaniel Wood

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Originally appeared in American Made Design: Moran Woodworked Furniture
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DENVER'S FIN ART CO.

Childhood friends Rob McGowan and Ben Olson decided to try their hand at building the types of modern design they wanted but couldn't afford and eventually founded Fin Art Co.

Originally appeared in Denver's Fin Art Co.
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WOODEN GEOMETRIC MOBILES BY HALEY ANN ROBINSON

Portland-based maker Haley Ann Robinson is perfecting one of 21st century design’s most significant components: The side hustle.

Originally appeared in Wooden Geometric Mobiles by Haley Ann Robinson
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AMERICAN MADE DESIGN: DUST

Here, we take a look at Dust from the Southwest. Tucson designers Cade Hayes and his partner Jesus Robles make their line of steel chairs by hand.

photos by: Nathaniel Wood

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Q & A WITH CONFETTI SYSTEM

Confetti System is two friends—Julie Ho and Nicholas Andersen—who make their living creating festive and kaleidoscopic "party systems" out of tissue paper, sparkly mylar, and more.

Originally appeared in Q & A with Confetti System
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BUILDING IN BROOKLYN

Whether beech, maple, cedar, or teak, Brooklyn resident and California native Ariele Alasko will take it. Having a sharp eye for recycled matter, Alasko is combining her expertise and passion to design and craft furniture out of reclaimed materials.

Originally appeared in Building in Brooklyn
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Furniture designers demonstrating Japanese wood burning technique.

AMERICAN MADE DESIGN: MORAN WOODWORKED FURNITURE

Here, we take a look at Moran Woodworked Furniture from the Southeast. Partners Michael James Moran and Celia Gibson use an intuitive, organic process to yield furniture that pays homage to its arboreal origins, rather than obscuring them.

photos by: Nathaniel Wood

Photo by Nathaniel Wood.

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