These original hand-made designs combine innovative materials with a long-standing tradition of craft making.
This Barcelona-based company specializes in limited edition, hand-made designs of furniture, lighting and objects using unique materials, such as cardboard, piano keys, and aged steel. The Marina Bell hanging pendant ($450) is crafted from cut and painted cardboard, and comes in blue, white, yellow and pink.
As a fifth-generation furniture maker, crafting with wood seems to flow through Geoffrey Keating’s veins. He infuses each original (and sustainable) design with his grandfather’s 18th-century values of craftsmanship and care. For example, the Wharton High Desk ($8,400) is made of salvaged Claro Walnut and custom designed to fit the height of each client.
Artist Mary Jane Elgin has been exploring the world of ceramics for almost 25 years. Fascinated with the tension between interior and exterior form, she has developed a technique of piercing her ceramics to create landscape scenes reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement. Prices start at $120.
At Spoonflower, independent artists submit their designs, which are then transformed into wallpaper (starting at $5/ft), fabric or wrapping paper, and earning them commission on every sale. The company also strives to serve as an eco-friendly role model: they only print on demand to minimize waste and source organic fabrics and FSC-certified papers.