We’re continuing our look at some of our favorite small makers with an incredibly diverse group of artists, craftsmen, and designers. From glossy marble bowls and vases to light-weight marble-like furniture and from stoneware lights to solid wood chairs, these pieces run the gamut, with one thing in common: individualized attention to detail. Almost entirely handcrafted, these items are pieces of art, made by passionate creators themselves.
While you’re looking at these small makers, be sure to review the artisans who were included in the first part of this series, and also browse the full variety of new and custom furniture available on Chairish.
Established in Carrara nearly five years ago, MMairo designs and produces hand-finished marble objects in Tuscany. The company takes its name from the Greek verb marmairo, meaning “to shine,” as an homage to this world-renowned type of marble itself. Its product offerings range from everyday pieces used for cooking and dining to vases, lamps, and tables.
Pax Lighting is a high-end lighting studio founded by Jeff and Teegan Nordhues. With impressive backgrounds at brands like Dessin Fournir and Baker Furniture, the duo moved home to Nebraska to create Pax five years ago. Since then, they’ve provided custom fixtures to the trade, particularly throughout the Midwest, and continued to hone their aesthetic vision.
Campagna is the studio of third-generation woodworker and designer Cody Campanie. Each piece in the collection is crafted entirely from solid wood, using traditional joinery to maximize strength and create surfaces and intersections free of ornament. The studio’s carefully curated pieces include chairs, side tables, and cupboards.
Based in Brooklyn, Ot/tra creates sculptural wood furniture for designers across the country. In addition to exhibiting at events like the AD Design Show, the brand has been published in Luxe, Interior Design, and The New York Times. In 2018, Ot/tra was named Best Up and Coming Maker at the American Society of Interior Designers’ Design Honors.
“I like surprising people with the unexpected,” says Zachary A. Bitner, designer and owner of Chicago-based Zachary A. His firm creates some of the lightest concrete-like furniture on the market, delivering the look of heavy stone without the weight. His handcrafted pieces are usable indoors and out and are featured in residences, restaurants, and rooftops all across the country.
Leah Singh’s namesake brand features a collection of handcrafted textiles that mix traditional Indian craft techniques with unexpected color combinations and modern, geometric forms. Singh works directly with artisans in villages across India to rejuvenate age-old traditional crafts by transforming them into modern objects.
Angela Simeone is a Nashville-based painter who has brought her expressive aesthetic to a signature wallpaper line. With a firm foundation in color theory, the center of her work is a graphic evolution from frenetic to serene. Her work has been featured in Luxe, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, and more, and has also been placed at the Grand Hyatt Nashville and the Blackberry Mountain Resort.
Ordinal Indicator is a design studio based in New York’s Hudson Valley. They produce contemporary handcrafted furniture and one-of-a-kind objects, including bed frames, casegoods, and tables, with high-quality finishes from natural materials, including walnut, ash, and alabaster.
Melding sleek modernism with the couture sensibilities of fine jewelry, Collura & Co. has been producing sumptuously made light fixtures since 2003. Their carefully selected materials include hand-blown glass, cast bronze, precision machined brass, exclusive fabrics and a complete range of decorative metal finishes for each piece.
Founded by designer and design consultant Lani Adeoye, Studio Lani produces furnishings, accessories, and lighting with an organic, undulating style. In 2017, the brand won the Wanted Design’s Launch Pad Furniture Competition in New York, and recently, Adeoye was selected by Elle Décor as part of its ‘Women of the World: 75 Global Female Designers Worth Celebrating.’
Crosland + Emmons creates lighting and objects that pay homage to the human touch. Imperfect, visually off-balance, and bespoke, each piece is intentionally void of color to highlight its shape and beauty. Derived from the earth, the brand’s lights are made from white stoneware and fired to create one-of-a-kind sculptural objects that bring light to any space.
MIROHAUS is a combination of two words: “miro,” meaning “one who celebrates,” and “haus,” meaning “home.” The brand strives to tell the story of the places that co-owners Miki and Sunnie Bauer have fallen in love with, from their European roots to their home in Palm Springs. Their line includes everything from concrete side tables to headboards, vases, and magazine stands.
Founded in 1961, Seattle-based Lawrence & Scott is known for its quietly sophisticated style and diverse range of fine lighting and home accessories. Husband-and-wife owners Leo Lam and Hannah Larson have traveled the world scouting talented craftsmen and exceptional materials for use in their own designs that are made in the USA.
Kathy Slater‘s Signature Furniture Collection is inspired by the streets of her beloved New Orleans. After over 25 years as a successful interior designer, Slater has developed her own line of furnishings including coffee tables, bedroom furniture, outdoor pieces, and more, all with specialty hand-painted finishes.