Rejecting the idea of obsolescence, the idea that the life of an object is limited either by aesthetics or structural resilience, Skram is committed to a deeper interpretation of sustainability—one that emphasizes minimalism over excess, innovation in process and in design, and attentiveness to the consequences our production has on our community and the natural world.
Seeking perfect imperfection, Skram strives for the highest level of craftsmanship while embracing the subtle imperfections that imbue an object with character, particularly with regards to timber. To this, they add other natural materials such as metal, hardwood veneer, leather and stone, blending traditional techniques with innovative fabrication processes to balance machined precision with the maker’s hand.
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Artist and designer, Erica Gimson, gleaned her 20+ years of industry experience through her work with major Fortune 500 companies from Macy's to Bloomingdale's where she directed their home decor & bedding collections. Her latest venture is the independent production of an exquisite line of textiles expertly crafted in her studio in Raleigh, NC.
Each design originates from Erica's hand-drawn sketches, inspired by her eclectic tastes, immersion in the natural world, and carefully cultivated knowledge of interior fashions both past and present. This process enables the final product to become both an artistic creation and a beautiful but utilitarian object.
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Established somewhat by accident in 2003 by Jeremy Pyles, Niche is a small company committed to bringing the most luxurious modern lighting to consumers, designers, and architects across the globe. For over a decade, Niche has established a signature collection of stunning modern lighting products that join together contrasting elements, simple lines, and gorgeous color.
Focusing on quality and precision, every product is handmade by a team of experienced and talented glass artisans and every detail is carefully thought out between a team of designers, glass artists, and technicians. With a belief in authentic and original design, Niche is proud to be carrying on the tradition of glass blowing within their local community.
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With a belief in honest design articulated through unique material and impeccable craftsmanship, the team at Miles and May design furniture that will stand the test of time. Rather than force-fitting materials into a specific design, the methods at Miles and May, meticulous and time consuming, showcase the history and character of each hand-selected piece of wood resulting in material and form that are meant to be together. Every item is crafted by hand using both traditional methods and modern techniques to produce exceptional furniture made to last a lifetime.
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Exploring the challenge of working with true solid-wood pieces without using metal fasteners is a technique that forces Jeremy Kamiya to contemplate the composition of every product he creates. Considering that pieces need to fit precisely to ensure structural integrity, Jeremy examines each piece from various perspectives to properly execute the final product.
Describing Kamiya Furniture as Modern Craft, his design aesthetic expresses a Modern essence with Minimalist virtues with the construction of each product demonstrating a reverence for craftsmanship, simplicity, and originality. Shifting his career from importing furniture from Bali to producing hand-crafted products out of his studio in Durham, NC, Jeremy describes his design process as the source of both meaning and purpose.
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Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Enkle Designs specializes in the design and construction of handmade furniture and home accessories. All pieces are inspired by the beautiful simplicity of Scandinavian design from both the mid-century and modern eras.
Constructing all designs by hand, Enkle Designs skilled master craftsmen use traditional and modern techniques to produce top quality pieces. Using sustainable hardwoods and plant based non-VOC finishes, Enkle Designs creates custom pieces that best serve their clients’ needs.
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Home to coastal plains, rich fields of tobacco, tales of piracy and early settlement, Raleigh Slabs began their journey in Bath, the oldest city in North Carolina. Surrounded by history, natural resources, and ideas of a distant time, Raleigh Slabs developed an interest in reclaiming wood from the old barns and structures of Bath, some dating back to the early 1800s.
After a trip to Northern California, an admiration for the history of the Redwood was formed—the wonder of its story, age, and scale created an instant connection. This connection informs the importance of design standards, cultivation, and craft at Raleigh Slabs. Every Redwood is responsibly reclaimed and helps to foster a mission to preserve these trees through beautiful design. The devotion to conservation and quality helps Raleigh Slabs carry on the history of each Redwood.
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Moving back to Raleigh after a two year stint as a paramedic in New York City’s 911 system, Adam Davis felt ready for a dramatic change of pace. During this transitional period, he attended a craft woodworking class at Penland School of Craft. Having the opportunity to design and build his own furniture pieces, he fell in love with this creative process. With a determination for furniture making, he left Penland to pursue his craft full time.
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With a background in Architecture and furniture making, Meredith Hart had gained specialized skills informing her approach to designing high quality, long lasting furniture that capture and enhance the feeling of comfort and identity in the home. Her design philosophy extends beyond form-follows function and strives to harmonize the two aspects of a piece as much as possible. Using time-tested joinery techniques and acute attention to detail, Meredith strives to build furniture that feels natural and contemporary while honoring and incorporating traditional and innovative forms.
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Elijah Leed studied glass and ceramics at Centre College, graduating with a degree in fine art. He currently designs and builds furniture and objects for the modern inclined. Both time honored techniques and modern methods for joinery and construction are used, and all materials are responsibly sourced domestically—often locally. Intended to last generations both in function and form, each piece is carefully designed and meticulously articulated.
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Designer and object-maker Mike Newins tends towards a few self-imposed rules for his furniture. Currently, the wood is always maple, a simple material that lends itself gratefully to all manner of experiments. Objects are either bare wood or painted with an approximation of International Klein Blue, a velvety hue Newins regards as universally beautiful and trend-transcending. The pieces must be functional, and often made so by the path of most resistance. Instead of simply reinforcing a fragile table top with 4 well-placed legs, Newins creates an otherworldly 28-legged centipede, a final product that is as much inside joke as it is a statement piece.
Within these constraints, Newins’ objects thrive. They wiggle, wink, invite, and obscure. They operate in the world with a great deal of playfulness and mystery. Like the works of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, they are simple forms, forged via complex processes, capable of expressing big things.
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Based in the Hudson Valley, Kim Markel's studio is driven by curiosity and the desire to create interesting objects through reimagining discarded materials. While rooted in sculpture, her practice explores a range of experimental techniques and materials.
The Glow collection uses reclaimed plastics to create functional, whimsical objects that are nostalgic of childhood elements. Each piece is carefully handmade to express the magical surrealism of memories, while honoring the need for a sustainable approach to making.
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Ookloop Studio is a collaborative formed by Felicia Francine and Benjamin David. Their creative processes are comprised of analog and digital fabrication. Felicia Francine’s past works have embraced the transformation of materials and methods of making through the exploration of material properties and process driven investigations. Benjamin David’s works of art fuse video, electronics and music. For Visualizing Sound 2.0, they have created collaborative and individual abstract works using advanced design technologies paired with imagery which is influenced by the Pop & Op Art movements.
Their art investigates how sound is comprehended and manipulated. Their fabrication techniques afford the works a flexibility and diversity in their visual portrayal of sound. For most of us, we are surrounded by sound through our auditory senses. However, this is only one avenue in which sound is traditionally experienced. For them, understanding the subject goes beyond this one line of communication. Thus, they have investigated how to attain a deeper knowledge of sound by visualizing and documenting what cannot be seen.
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Radvalley is a project started by Kristopher Spivey (KC) that aims to create original furniture inspired by the materials themselves. Working primarily with wood, traditional techniques are incorporated in every project—and when possible made using hand tools only.
A large portion of products is made from locally sourced materials, through trade, salvage, and luck, resulting in one of a kind pieces that are unable to be reproduced. While committed to exploring design through one a kind pieces, Radvalley also produces small batch items, and bespoke commissions.
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With over 35 years experience in woodworking, John Parkinson’s passion lies in building quality functional custom furniture pieces with clean elegant lines, incorporating quiet details and accents to enhance visual vitality. This creative process demands the use of both the hands and the mind resulting in a deep satisfaction from designing pieces that are both useful and interesting while helping to enhance the interior space.
Spending 25 years as a journeyman woodworker producing everything from kitchen cabinets to fine furniture, John worked alongside many talented craftsmen. This allowed him the opportunity to hone the skills and gain experience he needed to build the fine furniture he produces today.
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Founded in 1997 by Carol Gregg, red egg began as a true one-of-a-kind vintage and antique business that quickly evolved into an accent-furniture and accessory company with products bench made exclusively in Asia and the USA. red egg is known for being one of the first accent furniture companies to take classic Asian furniture and lacquer it with bold, fun colors. While sourcing and manufacturing their cane collections; Indochine, Modern Maru, and Jarrett Bay, in the Philippines, their wood product; Double Happiness, Shanghai Loft, and chang’e lamp collections are manufactured in the USA. red egg’s design philosophy centers on creating Asian inspired pieces with an East meets West lifestyle sensibility.
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Born out of innovation and change as a Southern family business, Lantern & Scroll transitioned from textiles to lighting to anticipate and meet client’s needs. A company that designs and handcrafts exceptional exterior and interior light fixtures, Lantern & Scroll manufactures all gas and electric copper lighting in their factory in Cayce, South Carolina. With a manufacturing process that is a labor of love and attention to detail, their unique custom design service allows customers’ ideas and inspirations to become a reality.
Rankin Willard is a multidisciplinary artist with an emphasis in paper collage. His style spans figurative, pop art, and minimalism with pieces often containing a bit of dark humor. While choosing not to pursue a traditional studio art major at university, he incorporated photography, sculpture, art history, scene design, architectural history, and pop culture theory into an individualized path serving to impact his current work.
His artwork is held in private and corporate collections around the world from London to Australia, including by high profile collectors like fashion designer Christian Siriano, supermodel Coco Rocha, and tv personality Clinton Kelly.
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As a family business, Chandra caters to a heightened sense of style, demand for comfort, and concept of value. Dedicated to craft, innovation, exemplary workmanship, alluring designs, and accessible quality, they proudly foster generations of skilled artisans and shun mass production by machine to deliver authentic, handcrafted rugs to every client. Chandra strives to enhance relational spaces and be the leader in the modern rug market.
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Adrian Boggs is an independent furniture designer based in Greensboro, North Carolina. His work reflects a contemporary aesthetic and often utilizes materials native to the Piedmont-North Carolina region.
Cricket Radio is a small, specialty firm, based in Burlington, Vermont that primarily focuses on customized design solutions for public areas and guest rooms. They specialize in creating wholly unique decor for boutique hotels to inspire delightful experiences for all guests. Considering the hotelier’s vision, Cricket Radio Interiors thrives on its collaboration with a network of local talented artisans to design and fabricate furniture, accessories, wall coverings, and more.
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Lee Tripi is an innately talented and method trained architectural designer, consultant and artist/painter. His latest series of paintings on paper are a study in what the Japanese call Yasei No Hana, loosely translated as flowers of nature. The sharp contrasts of colors and texture draws the viewer’s attention. It is the black on white with shocks of bright red that create a profound effect, gobbling up light like a mythical light eating dragon.
Lee Tripi’s art and design work champion's an objective with one singular focus. It’s a dedicated effort to show the client a better way of living. Whether its derived from his art or architectural design, he infuses his lifelong study of Buddhism into every endeavor. Every client/consultant relationship is an engagement in contemplation and thoughtful intention to create environments that are mindful of what makes us happy, peaceful and enlightened.
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Eugene Stoltzfus Architects and Furniture Design is a contemporary architecture and furniture design company offering design services that bring to life the collaborative vision of the client and the architect. The elemental elegance of Eugene Stoltzfus’s objects reflects the natural beauty and strengths inherent in their materials. The final distilled form of each object reveals itself at the nexus of the contributing essentials: the qualities of the materials, the functional requirements, the perception of the forces at play, the machine and fabrication characteristics, and the unexpected opportunities that present themselves during the iterative design process.
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With a playful eye and exacting technique, Scott Curtis takes an imaginative approach to portraits, landscapes, interiors and abstracts. Each piece is approached with a rigorous set of self-imposed obstructions or constraints which he then attempts to work and play within, creating the most resonant effects possible for that work. Working primarily with oil on wood panels, the artist’s process sees him using thick applications of paint and vivid uses of colour, particularly when creating his bold abstract pieces.
His distinctive portrait and landscape style incorporates exciting and inventive visual effects where figures and buildings are softly fragmented and mirrored, swirling and merging with their surroundings as if dissolving. Originally from Michigan, Curtis is now based in Durham, North Carolina. Over his long career he has garnered recognition at the highest levels of fine art and design, with works in major collections as well as having exhibited in a wide range of galleries across the United States.
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