I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time, as I’ve been gathering images all summer of stunning furniture design by local makers. This is by no means exhaustive, and if any of you out there know of furniture designers that aren’t in here, please email me!
My eyes perked up when I was reading Elle Decor earlier this year and I saw this corner chair by Baltimore designer Crump & Kwash:
Paul from Crump & Kwash wrote back to me with some other recent designs coming out of their studio:
Right around the same time as the Elle Decor feature, DC artisan Jonah Takagi was featured in Home & Design. He crafts furniture, lighting and accessories for several different brands, like the WeWoMa table for La Chance:
Or the Lamella lighting collection for Le Klint:
Over the summer, I was at a salon gathering here in Arlington—bimonthly events where artists and musicians display and talk about their work—when I met Jeff Spugnardi, an Arlington local who makes stunning pieces like this rocking chair:
And he just came out with this console that hides the TV:
I’ve been working with Barry Remley at Salvations Architectural Furnishings for a long time, and her designs for hand-forged tables, consoles, fire screens and other furnishings just keep getting better. I love her collaboration with local artist Lisa Tureson, who paints the underside of glass-topped tables in any custom palette:
and these little accent pieces are just like sculptures — they come in more than 20 finishes:
I also LOVE the combination of wood and metal on this coffee table, along with its modern lines:
Recently, I got an email about a new showroom in DC for a company called Naturalist, all of whose furnishings, lighting and decor is handmade. Such unusual pieces!
I was on a trip down the Instagram rabbit hole recently, browsing the #madeindc hashtag on Instagram, when I discovered DC resident Trey Jones. If you are a plant lover, or getting into houseplants after that cool story about them in the Washington Post, Trey’s creations are for you:
Finally, my Instagram hunt came up on Wellborn + Wright, a Richmond firm I discovered when writing a story for DC Modern Luxury about a row house in DC that architect Carmel Greer transformed from top to bottom. I asked her where she sourced the amazing herringbone flooring in knotty pine, and she told me about Wellborn’s work.
Good news: They make furniture, too!
So, that’s all from me for now. If you know of other local talents worth featuring, please e-mail me and let me know for a future post. Have a wonderful weekend!