In the flat plains of the the Texas pan handle where only tumbleweed rolls you might need to get a little creative when it comes to finding material to work with. These mixed species credenzas do just that by creating a patchwork of different colors, grains, and stains. Each one is unique, customizable, and thoughtfully laid out with a variety of drawers and storage spaces in cased in matching hardwood, lacquered wood, or blackened steel. Finishes like blackened steel pulls and hairpin legs give these pieces a true western flavor.
Available from Kith&Kin.
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.
Natalie Davis of Austin, Texas brands her work with her studio’s name Canoe. A small studio where she takes the plentiful Texas resource of cowhide and cuts, sews, stamps, and carves some of the prettiest little accessories you will find in a extra large state. Her hair clips and barrettes will keep your hair style in place while adding a whole new layer of style on top of that.
Available from Canoe.
The classic image of unfurling a picnic blanket on a lush lawn just got updated. Yield Design Co. has rethought the outdoor experience to include a start to finish all-in-one bag that unzips to convert to a pleasant picnicking surface. Each is made from camping-grade nylon fabric and a nylon zipper and there are modern colorful options to boot. The first run that was funded on Kickstarter was manufactured in El Paso, TX and all future bags including a new Duck Canvas line are made just outside of Minneapolis, MN all from domestically sourced materials from New England. While your fantasies of picnicking might not be the same they will certainly be dreamy in a more sustainable smart kind of way.
Available from Yield Design Co.
Materials and labor all American.
Wasn’t that show “Dallas” all about the Texas spirit? Actually, to the contrary Dallas designer and entrepreneur Gia Rodriguez is a better example of what a little Texas ingenuity and perseverance can create. She has taken inspiration from her state to craft some pretty eye-poppin arm candy. Each of her bags is made from either cow hide or sheep skin from Hide House (San Dimas and Napa, CA) which are dyed brilliant colors. They are made in studios both in Dallas and Queens, NY. When asked how her surrounds and upbringing have inspired her line she says:
“It’s interesting because when people think of Texas, they obviously think of cowboys, chaps, spurs, etc… There’s also a strong Native American influence on Texas culture. I think all of these cultural references have affected my aesthetic in subtle ways… I love using thick sturdy hides, design details like exaggerated fringe detail… in new and interesting ways. Also, when I’m designing, I’m usually thinking about how a women will use the piece and often there is some connection to travel/ adventure as part of that vision.”
These bags got beauty and function to boot. You will definitely look great in any state and won’t need to drop oil money sums on these gems.
Available at Gia Rodriguez.
In a city known for bellying up to bars down on 6th street and for a vibrant modernist community, it makes perfect sense that the best of both of those worlds would be put together in these Austin-made bar stools. The Barbara stool features rich American walnut from Michigan that is finished with a low VOC product and colorful powder-coated steel. An optional back is available on the tallest height.
The Howard stool shares the vibrant powder-coated steel options with a perforated steel seat. Both come in varying heights depending on application, are stackable, and boast an ergonomic shape to promote healthy posture so there will be no slouching at any bar.
RAD Furniture was created by former UT Austin architecture student Ryan Anderson who has designed these stools plus a number of other furniture pieces and accessories that are handmade in his Austin based studio.
Available at RAD Furniture.
Materials and labor all American.