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When you think of e-commerce, Amish-made furniture is likely not the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, you probably picture online furnishings as inexpensive knock-offs made of particle board rather than envisioning the handmade, solid-wood craftsmanship that the Pennsylvania artisans are famous for. However, DutchCrafters, which recently opened a new showroom in Alpharetta, was indeed launched online back in 2003, and the company has grown into one of the nation’s largest sources for Amish-made furniture.
Curved lines, interesting textures, and playful scale—chances are, you’ve seen furniture designer Francie Lowman’s work at stores like Anthropologie, Interior Define, or Urban Outfitters. With her own brand, Mangata Experience, which she launched in 2020, she is looking to break down gender norms around carpentry and redefine what it means to be sustainable in furniture design.
The pandemic was a time of reckoning for Brooklyn-based industrial designer and educator Stephen Burks, as it was for many. “We were forced to reexamine who we were as people, as a family, as a community,” he says. “We were confronting our domestic laws again.”
It all started with a sofa—a ships-straight-to-your-door, easy-to-assemble, modular sofa to be exact. When Stephen Kuhl and Kabeer Chopra, co-founders of direct-to-consumer furniture brand Burrow, realized that buying furniture had its pain points, they set out to create an easier way to shop for and build furniture. In 2017, they began distributing their first sofa that came in easily moveable boxes and could be assembled without any tools. Since then, they’ve created timeless, no-fuss pieces of furniture for nearly every room in a house from bedrooms to offices.
New York-based TOV Furniture debuted the Voice Collection—which features designs by prominent Black designers, including Atlantans Erika Ward and Justin Q. Williams—at High Point’s spring market in April.
When siblings Laura and Joe Sissoko decided to start milling wood in 2012, it wasn’t for furniture, but rather for fine guitars and other musical instruments.
An affinity for the Beatles was the starting point for John Byrne’s office, where the retired Coca-Cola exec now relaxes among his beloved British icons. Cartersville-based interior designer Beverly Baribault deftly channeled Carnaby Street—circa 1968—throughout the space.
Fashion and furniture combine to create a beautiful romance. At least that’s the story at Brick + Mortar, the vintage and antique furnishings shop at Westside Provisions District. Local fashion designer Megan Huntz teams up with Brick + Mortar founder David Kowalski to match three garments with their fine furniture companions.
From a “living” lampshade made of genetically modified cells to Nintendo Rococo-style tables composed of metal pixels, the Joris Laarman Lab elevates engineering into an art form. Curated by the Groningen Museum in the Netherlands, the exhibition Design in the Digital Age opens at the High Museum of Art this Sunday and will be on view until May 13.