Handcrafted items are having a big moment in home decor. The juried MADE section at the recent 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94 in Manhattan included more than 120 exhibitors showing off their one-of-a-kind furnishings, accessories and fine art pieces. Some of the artisans hail from Long Island and Brooklyn, as well as elsewhere on the East Coast. Here are some favorites.
Based in East Hampton, Michael Chiarello of MAC Metalworks fabricates custom tables, wine racks and shelving, as well as an assortment of sculptural accessories, such as firewood holders and umbrella stands. He also makes entrance gates and staircases and even crafted the bar top at Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton. Tables cost $2,800 and a metal and wood wine rack goes for $3,800, while the price of custom work varies. Visit macmetalwork.com.
Brooklyn SLaB's Shannon Bowser uses her background in sculpture to craft modern furniture out of unusual reclaimed woods. Her Cantilever Side Table ($1,100), for example, includes reclaimed cypress, reclaimed water tower redwood, birch and poplar, juxtaposed with sleek metal legs. Prices go up to $3,800 for a custom bar cart. View pieces at bkslab.com.
The space frame light fixtures in the Lina series from Brooklyn's Rosie Li Studio are constructed in brass in various airy, geometric shapes, from a simple four-light pyramid ($1,700) all the way up to a 20-light dodecahedron ($8,000). They can accept 25-watt bulbs and are available in brushed brass, polished brass, polished nickel and satin nickel finishes. All pieces are built to order in six to eight weeks. Purchase at rosieli.com.
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You don't need to be a math expert to appreciate the furniture from MSTRF. The geometric designs embedded in the oak and walnut dining, coffee and side tables are made in accordance with the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci sequence. Prices range from $2,100 for a side table to $8,900 for a dining table and they are available at mstrf.com. The company, based in Beverly Hills, has a showroom at 473 President St., Brooklyn.
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The gem tables from Boston-based Debra Folz Design would make any room sparkle. The small and large coffee tables, priced at $1,600 and $2,400, are made with a printed film that's laminated and placed between two pieces of glass. The steel base is plated in bronze or zinc. Available online at debrafolz.com.