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At west elm, we believe feeling truly at home means connecting with your community—that's why we carry locally made + designed products in our stores. To help grow small businesses from the ground up, we asked our customers to vote on their favorite makers. The first place winner received a $25,000 grant and we included each runner-up in our assortment, helping their brand reach new markets.

Meet the winners of the 2014 WE LOVE LOCAL MAKERS small business grant! Watch The Video
Little Seed Farm

Little Seed Farm

Lebanon, TN

NYC transplants Eileen and James Ray dropped everything to open Little Seed Farm outside of Nashville, TN in 2011. The founders and self-proclaimed “crazy goat people” create organic soap using milk from the farm’s herd of 30 goats and herbs grown in their garden.

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“Our goat herd is one of the few 100% grass-fed herds in the country.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Lamon Luther

Tenebras

Oakland, CA

Furniture maker Andrew Germann takes pride in design that fits the needs of modern life and makes smart use of materials. He created hand-turned wood bowls and handcrafted hardwood furniture for us at his Oakland, CA workshop using FSC®-certified solid walnut harvested from domestic forests.

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“Our goal is quality over quantity.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Lamon Luther

Yield Design Co.

St. Augustine, FL

At their design house in St. Augustine, FL, Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming use their experience in industrial and graphic design to make modern housewares and accessories meant to last a lifetime. We collaborated with them on metallic wall art and totes that blend handcrafted techniques and the latest design technologies.

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“Yield pairs American craft with an eye toward the future.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Dusen Dusen

Dusen Dusen

Brooklyn, NY

Born in Washington, DC, Ellen Van Dusen was raised by architect parents in a vibrant, creative home. Through a self-directed major at Tufts University, she studied the psychology of design and the brain's reaction to visual stimuli. Made in the US, her line is driven by the prints she creates from scratch.

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“I'm inspired by far-flung places.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Lamon Luther

Convivial Cloth Co.

Venice Beach, CA

Living in a close-knit seaside community sparked Adam Bice and Noah Beller to create stripey beach towels and blankets that button together and pack easily, which makes connecting with friends a breeze. Their handmade lightweight Turkish cotton pieces are designed in Venice Beach, CA and manufactured in Los Angeles.

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“Our products are made in the spirit of friendship + shared experience.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Vitrified Studio

Vitrified Studio

Portland, OR

After spending ten years in architecture, ceramicist Shelley Martin started her design studio as a way of creating and sharing pieces she loves. She creates her minimalist utilitarian pieces all by hand—without a template—on a pottery wheel in her backyard studio.

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“Each of my ceramics is a true one of a kind.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Lamon Luther

Lamon Luther

Douglasville, GA

Brian Preston started his carpentry company Lamon Luther as a tribute to the dwindling art of American craftsmanship. After realizing how many homeless carpenters were living in the woods of his town, he gave some of them jobs building fine handcrafted furniture. "Each piece carries a story of hope and opportunity," says Brian.

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“We create opportunities for the broken + forgotten.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Lamon Luther

Public Supply

Brooklyn, NY

Cofounders and friends Russell Daiber, Adam London, Leigh Salem and William Brian Smith noticed one of their most-used office supplies—the notebook—was in need of a design overhaul. We worked with the Brooklyn-based company to bring you recycled paper notebooks in happy Pantone ink hues. Take note: Public Supply also donates 25% of their profits to art programs at US public schools.

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“We create distinctive goods that are beautiful + functional.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Native Maps

Native Maps

Dallas, TX

Texas native David Harman makes hand-pulled, screen-printed maps on archival paper. His first design took him six months of research to create. Now he creates maps of places like Brooklyn, Dallas, Boston, Chicago and Manhattan that call attention to the unique neighborhoods that make up each.

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“We make maps for both the local + the native.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

A Question Of Eagles

A Question Of Eagles

Los Angeles, CA

Husband-and-wife team Melissa Tolar and Jonathan Ballak are committed to making heirloom-quality goods by hand—including their collections of planters, quilts and bowls. We love their ceramic planters, which they throw, carve and then paint with lead-free glazes by hand.

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“We’re inspired by nature + the American landscape.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Bubo Handmade

Bubo Handmade

Dallas, TX

Kristen Faircloth got her start by sewing small bags and wallets for her friends and family during college. She cuts and sews leather bags by hand, with styles inspired by the clean lines of vintage designs. An avid fan of antique shops, she loves to bring home her finds to dissect their construction.

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“I love creating beautiful, sustainable leather pieces.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Hemlock & Heather

Hemlock & Heather

Austin, TX

After remodeling their home in 2009, Kristopher and Kelley Denby started building furniture and wood headboards featuring one-of-a-kind designs. They're known for their reclaimed Texas wall hangings, which are made from 100% recycled and castaway wood, found in and around their city.

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“We love to find under-appreciated pieces to revive.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Monroe Trades

Monroe Trades

New York, NY

After moving to New York in 2011, Patrick Glynn became inspired by the energy, unique culture and personality of each neighborhood in the city. Channeling that passion into a line of furniture and accessories, he uses industrial pipes and rustic, natural wood designs.

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“My designs reflect a love of New York + vintage goods.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Fort Makers

Fort Makers

Brooklyn, NY

A collective of artists based in Brooklyn, Fort Makers makes functional and interactive art. Creating large-scale public art installations, they also work on a wide variety of fashion and home products. Each of their pieces reflects the unique hand of the artist and the energy and inspiration of the group. We especially love their hand-dyed and block-printed tea towels.

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“We believe design should be useful + inspiring.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Fleabags

Fleabags

Brooklyn, NY

Fashion designer Shira Entis and lawyer Alex Bell have been flea market addicts ever since they met at Brown University. Frustrated by the inconvenience and unsustainability of accumulating plastic bags while shopping, they began creating dapper, large, lightweight and sturdy carry-alls that are also eco-minded and made in the USA.

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“We’re inspired by an Americana aesthetic.”

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Noble Goods

Noble Goods

Brooklyn, NY

Christopher Moore is a sculptor and Molly FitzSimons is a tabletop and interiors stylist with a knack for bringing beauty to everyday life. Together they create Americana-style cheeseboards carved from U.S.-sourced hardwoods and finished with food-safe resins.

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“People see our products + reach out to touch them.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Eric Trine

Eric Trine

Long Beach, CA

Oregon College of Art and Craft graduate Eric Trine is known for his steel geometric side tables in powder-coated finishes. He likes to describe his California-cool aesthetic through this imaginative question: What if Charles Eames, Buckminster Fuller, and Sam Maloof were surfing buddies?

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“My designs are casual and playful.”

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Jikits

Jikits

Los Angeles, CA

Printmaker and sculptor Kim Baise is inspired by everything from bright colors and bold shapes to Picasso. She creates modern mobiles made from papier mache that really brighten a room. We love her succulent strands, which are an easy way to bring the outdoors in (no watering necessary!).

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“My designs result from me playing in my own world.”

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Another Feather

Another Feather

Portland, OR

Maker and designer Hannah Ferrara began creating minimalist jewelry after being unable to find pieces she wanted to wear. With a background in conceptual art and a love for well-made heirlooms, she uses traditional metal-smithing techniques to make stylish solid brass keychains.

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“My pieces are designed to be used day in + day out.”

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M.F.E.O. (Made For Each Other)

M.F.E.O.

Los Angeles, CA

Aaron and Claire Van Holland dreamt of designing a collection that reflected their love of mid-century and sustainable living. When Aaron’s grandfather offered them his antique barn as a material resource, M.F.E.O. (short for ”Made For Each Other’’) was born. Their new home collection features the barn in many of their designs.

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“We sustainably source materials for quality pieces.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.