If you are looking to buy handmade goods, Etsy is a great place to shop. There's a lot of good stuff on Etsy, but there's also a lot of random and not so great stuff too. You can find a little bit of everything on Etsy - from dining tables made with reclaimed wood to fabulous leather poufs. Today I wanted to highlight a few shops that caught my eye - selling really cool furniture and home decor items made right here in New York City. Keep reading for more details about each of these 4 shops:
CHIAOZZA is a small design studio based in Brooklyn, NY, designing and making playful objects for everyday life. It is a collaboration between architect Terri Chiao and artist Adam Frezza, who are dedicated to producing their work by hand, in small editions. These beautiful mirrors are hand-made to order, and ship in 3-4 weeks. You can choose the colors you'd like, in collaboration with the designers. 16" high mirrors start at $325.
2. LUMBER JUAN
Lumber Juan handcrafts unique reclaimed wood furniture in the heart of New York. According to founder Carlos Naude, "Everything started as a test of my manhood and loyalty to my macho Mexican blood. Proving to my woman that I could build a dining table rather than buying one is how it all began." Carlos works with reclaimed wood and other mixed materials such as steel, concrete, and iron pipes. He also sells Lumber Juan's Hard Worker's Soap - hand crafted with saponified oils of coconut, olive, palm castor, cocoa butter, coconut carbon powder and poppy seeds.
Poufs are all the rage these days, but not all poufs are created equal. A low-cost vinyl pouf can look flimsy and cheap. For a richer, more sophisticated look I prefer these hand-made leather poufs sold by self-described "old-fashioned family men" Omar and Nouri. 20" round poufs come in a variety of colors, including gold and silver, and sell for $129 unstuffed (you can fill them with cotton, nylon or used clothing). I'm also a big fan of this giant embroidered black-and-white pouf, although it's a bit pricy at $699. A giant pouf is hard to find, and this 30" round beauty could serve as a coffee table or seating for several people.
Wooden pallets are used frequently in the shipping industry, and every year millions of them overwhelm our landfills. Furniture company Streetwood aims to reclaim, recycle, and reform these discarded wooden pallets. These hip and modern tables are clear coated to provide a scratch, and water resistant finish. The legs are made with 1" square tube steel, and can be powder coated in a color of your choice. A 48"x24" coffee table costs $450, but custom colors, sizes and designs are encouraged.