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Daniel Moyer’s I Would Do Backsprings 4 You chair is shown here in black walnut. The sturdy base is attached to a C-shaped piece of aluminum with just a bit of spring in it to cradle your back as you lean into the chair. Moyer works out of a former rope factory in Brooklyn, where he makes limited-production and one-of a-kind furniture.
The Elisse Scarf, made of bamboo, Tencel, and cotton, is definitely a year-round accessory. It’s lightweight, but at 22 by 60 inches, you can wrap it around yourself in several layers on blustery days. Dee Clements, the woman behind Herron, weaves each of her items by hand on a Schacht Spindle Co. floor loom in Portland, Maine.
As a maker of marmalades, fruit butters, syrups, and other specialties, June Taylor doesn’t call herself a manufacturer; she’s a craftsperson. She sources many of her raw materials from small local family farms that grow organic and heirloom fruit in the Bay Area. She cuts her fruits by hand and cooks them in small batches, using just a pinch of organic sugar and no commercial pectin. Each batch yields about 10 jars, which are hand-labeled with letterpress labels. Amazingly, she can produce 20,000 jars of her products each year. Even more amazing? The taste of her Meyer lemon marmalade.
Haand studio’s Squares + Triangles set includes one squarish bowl (8.5 x 8.5 x 2 in.), two large triangles, two medium triangles, and two small triangles that nest together, a perfect serving ensemble for appetizers or a lovingly made meal for two. The men behind the pottery – Mark Warren, a former Penland Core Fellow, and Chris Pence, a CPA turned ceramist – live and work in an 1800s farmhouse in Durham, North Carolina. The entire production process is housed on their 40-acre property, with sustainability as a guiding principle. They even dig their clay on their own land.
Best Made Company
The Banderole American Felling Axe, by Best Made Company, is inspired by the tools that shaped the United States. It was the debut product from the New York-based company, founded by designer Peter Buchanan-Smith in 2009; he sees the axe not only as a tool vital to the pioneering history of the United States, but also a reminder of all things made by hand and the beauty of nature. With a high-carbon American steel head drop-forged in North Carolina by fourth-generation axe makers, this tool is designed to make quick work of chopping down trees and splitting firewood.
Iacoli & McAllister
Jamie Iacoli and Brian McAllister’s elegantly understated Necklace No. 4-02 is made from humble materials – powder-coated brass and uncoated brass square tubes, threaded on Ultra-suede – that are intended to develop a patina as the necklace is worn. The Seattle-based design duo also makes furniture and lighting, all focused on integrity in materials and construction.