The inclination to buy stateside has never been stronger, so we're showcasing the regions that are revitalizing artisanal design and manufacturing in the U.S. READ ON for our guide to the hot spots and notable brands.
This region is represented by such heavyweights as Michigan-based Herman Miller®, which produces icons of midcentury modern design, and The Cherner Chair Company, known for exquisite handmade molded plywood pieces.
For more than a century, Herman Miller® has been manufacturing iconic midcentury furniture by such renowned designers as Ray and Charles Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Headquartered in Zeeland, MI, Herman Miller® also believes in eco-inspired designs made with recycled or bio-based materials. What's more, they are working toward zero-waste and net-zero water use at their facility.
Utilizing the drawings and specifications of their famous father, Norman Cherner, sons Benjamin and Thomas founded the Cherner Chair Company in 1999 to manufacture those original classic designs with the same attention to detail. All products are hand-assembled with wood collected from sustainably managed forests, 100% recyclable steel, and 25% recycled content. Wood and steel components are finished with coatings that emit negligible VOCs.
Eastvold Furniture handcrafts its high-quality pieces in its small, rural Minnesota shop. The brand is committed to environmentally and socially aware practices and uses top-notch, sustainable materials that include ethically harvested lumber and formaldehyde-free plywood.
The Northeast is known for traditional handcrafting and classic proportions. Copeland Furniture in Vermont makes ample use of natural hardwood and age-old cabinet making techniques, while MatterMade in Manhattan seeks out skilled fabricators to create heirloom-quality furniture.
This family-owned company in New York City oversees small-batch productions of furnishings by American craftsmen based on the designs of the legendary modernist Ralph Rapson. All the designs, including the iconic bentwood rocker with its distinctive cantilevered arms, are made from socially conscious materials.
Renowned for its natural hardwood furniture, Copeland has been handcrafting heirloom-quality designs for more than 35 years. At their facility in Bradford, VT, the family-owned company uses the latest technology along with traditional cabinet-making techniques to produce modern classics from sustainably harvested hardwoods. The furnishings feature original designs inspired by the New England surroundings, with Shaker, Mission, and Arts and Crafts influences.
Based in New York City, MatterMade enlists skilled craftspeople—including woodworkers, metalworkers, and glassblowers—to create carefully constructed designs that riff on quintessentially American styles. All products are made in the U.S. and most are assembled in New York City.
Established more than 30 years ago in Winchendon, MA, Saloom's wood furnishings reflect distinctive American design and craftsmanship. All pieces are made-to-order and handcrafted by New England artisans, who draw on the rich heritage of furniture making in this area.
3 North Carolina
The cradle of American furniture manufacturing, this region has long been associated with the rich heritage of craftsmanship and quality construction. Among the brands based here are Thayer Coggin, which turns out some of the most celebrated modern home furnishings in the world from designer Milo Baughman, and Skram Furniture, dedicated to artisanal techniques and authentic materials, including locally harvested timber.
Based in Piedmont, NC, a longtime hub of furniture manufacturing in this country, Skram Furniture aims to bring the artisan back to the factory. The brand emphasizes sustainable practices, such as using responsibly harvested materials, non-toxic adhesives, and low-VOC finishes. The designs feature top-notch workmanship, and authentic materials, including timber, hardwood veneer, leather, stone, and assorted metals.
Founded more than 50 years ago, Thayer Coggin is one of the most celebrated brands in modern home furnishings. The company is based in the famous furniture manufacturing center of High Point, NC, where its craftspeople work at a 200,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility. Thayer Coggin is best known for manufacturing Milo Baughman's iconic designs, which are made with environmentally safe and durable seat cushioning.
4 Los Angeles
Percolating with innovation and pioneering techniques, Los Angeles is known for clean, cutting-edge furnishings created in studios that dot the city. The looks range from midcentury classics to casual and comfortable designs that reflect the southern California lifestyle.
For more than 20 years Modernica has been making handmade furnishings in its state-of-the-art studio in downtown Los Angeles. Modernica has built its reputation on reissuing midcentury classics as well as creating its own modernist designs.
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Committed to clean and functional furnishings, this decade-old firm turns out timeless pieces destined to become heirlooms. ARTLESS uses specially sourced materials and U.S. manufacturing to deliver the highest-quality designs backed by a lifetime guarantee.
"Simple," "functional," and "green" are the words that best characterize this modern furnishings brand. The sofas, lounges, and ottomans come fully assembled and many are made of solid birch and wood veneer. The designs, praised for minimalist lines and impeccable workmanship, are found in galleries and hotels worldwide.
Founded by architects, this company believes that great work is the result of close synergy between design and manufacturing. Arktura Furniture cultivates emerging and established designers in fields from architecture to automotive design and utilizes long-lasting materials with a high-recycle content that produce zero landfill waste.
Based in Culver City, ModernOutdoor® is known for clean-lined outdoor furnishings with contemporary flair. The company believes in sourcing environmentally sustainable materials, all of which are recycled or recyclable. The durable, high-quality products feature Ipe wood, powder-coated steel, and anodized aluminum, and will withstand exposure to the elements.
Inspired by Mexican woven seating, these casual, durable, and stylish designs are handmade in Los Angeles and Toronto with materials sourced exclusively from the U.S. and Canada. Meant for use indoors and out, they withstand high heat and extremely cold weather and the steel frames are galvanized and polyester powder-coated to resist rust.
This brand specializes in unique, custom-made designs and is known for cutting-edge, contemporary looks. The collection is manufactured entirely in the firm's downtown Los Angeles production facility using premium fabrics and leathers, timber, and steel.
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