When a sculptor from Michigan finds inspiration in the California desert and sets up shop in the thriving artist community of L.A. then you get something you have always wanted more of in your life…love in the form of a seat. Bend has a wide range of seating in its signature colorful patterned welded iron. Iron that is recycled and powder coated into the sculptor that makes your outdoor space museum worthy.
Available from Bend.
These are the hover boards of floor lamps, but don’t get your hopes up for superconductors and liquid nitrogen. No stand necessary when you plug right into the wall with the Wald light. Atop a bent bead blasted aluminum pipe sits a block of your choice of domestically sourced black walnut or ash with a slim bubble of a bulb. Even sexier is the Wald Hi-Lo which is all one unified aluminum build in your choice of 3 rich colors fit for your modern mansion…or tiny home. All the components are made here and built in L.A.
Available from Feltmark.
Alongside all of those condos and apartments springing up to fill the needs of a growing Seattle tech market are lots of breweries and distilleries to serve the thirsty masses. Westland Distillery is a local standout that has also received global attention from Scottish whisky diehards for its single malt creation. The spirits start their journey in the SODO district of Seattle in the beautifully outfitted Westland distillery space with a grain bill featuring a pale base malt grown in Washington. A select batch of grain is dried and smoked with peat, an old world trick to a smokier profile, for a “peated” malt. On the Olympic Peninsula there is a wealth of peat harvested by the distillery. After fermentation and distillation the alcohol is aged in either New American Oak or Sherry that was harvested in the American south then used as casks for a century in Spain and repurposed back home. Westland wants to make Washington the place you think of for quality whiskey so look out Bill Gates.
Available from Westland Distillery.
Portland based JBird Collective is crafting some of the finest technical duffel bags and back packs that will make you the A-team of street savvy. The fold top design is secured by shock cord that allows for a low profile gym bag or an expanded weekender size. There are plenty of pockets for easy access storage and for smaller items. The bag is built with waxed canvas sourced from Fairfield Textile out of Fairfield New Jersey, leather trims from the SB Foot Tannery in Red Wing Minnesota, and CORDURA liners which also produced domestically. The hardware and nylon straps are military grade and are sure to not let you down if you pick one of these up.
Available from JBird Collective.
This playful piece offering both storage and seating takes its cues from the community gathering stoops of Brooklyn where it is made. Peg board drawer surfaces give an imaginative touch drawing you in with thoughts of what’s inside. Clean white surfaces provide the perfect place for decoration or for a seat.
Available from Thing Industries.
Adding a pop of color to pooch’s walk becomes so easy to do in style with these collars and leashes by Dog + Bone. The duo-tone martingale style collars have both playful and snappy color combinations with solid brass touches. The snap collars and adjustable leashes come in a rainbow of solids that are all tailored to the comfort of your dog. Each is made with heavy duty nylon webbing built in the U.S. and made to withstand dog parks and national parks.
Available from Dog + Bone.
Why stop with the concrete on your counters? Kast Knobs has taken that modern and environmentally friendly material and put in your hands in some of the most attractive casts that will adorn your drawers or cabinets anywhere in the house. There are more styles than you can count on 2 hands and each is design and cast in Cleveland.
Available from Kast Knobs.
Materials and labor all American.
What do Asian textile tradition and Southern culture have in common? Textile designer and artist Anna Nickles brings the two together beautifully in her line of scarves for men and women. She uses a modern approach to traditional Japanese textiles, color palettes and Shibori resist techniques in order to continue the shared custom of creating decorative pieces by hand. Each piece uses low-impact Fiber Reactive dye, one of the most environmentally sound textile dyes currently available. The fabric itself is imported from a factory that uses fair labor practices and everything is cut, dyed, and finished in Durham.
Available from Esse Quam Videri.
You probably aren’t looking to do a tree pose on your mattress but stability could be the key to a perfectly relaxed nights rest. Yogabed reduces pressure points by dispersing weight evenly and creating that stability, balance, and comfort. The multi-tier layers all work together in harmony to get you to sleep and rest assured they are all poured and assembled in Newman, GA. Yogabed is low VOC and the materials are made from CertiPUR-US® certified components that are made without ozone depleters, PBDE flame retardants, formaldehyde, mercury, lead and other heavy metals. In addition to sleeping better and more responsibly Yogabed gives you 2 of their pillows with each purchase.
Available from Yogabed.
If you want to sprout a garden in your urban space with ugly soil or no soil then you will want a little help from one of these DIY kits. If you have a little unpaved real estate then there is a raised bed kit with stakes or if there is no patch of soil in site you can also choose a patio kit that comes with a 40% post-recycled material drainage mat. Each kit has powder-coated steel brackets manufactured in L.A. that you assemble with 4′ X 6′ studs to create the walls. Top it all off with some soil and mark your garden with matching powder-coated ID tags and you got yourself a place to start planting.
Available from Scout Regalia.
Materials and labor all American.