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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.

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Claudia Pearson

Brooklyn, NY

Claudia Pearson's illustrations have been featured everywhere from The New Yorker to her own children's book, Tribal Alphabet. Inspired by "family, friends and great food," she creates collections with a drawn, homemade feel. For us, she designed plates featuring dapper dogs and holiday tea towels.

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“I illustrate in pencil or with a dip pen + ink.”

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Learn more at claudiapearson.com or visit our blog.

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Judy Jackson Stoneware

New York, NY

Traveling between her studios in New York City and Litchfield, CT, Judy Jackson has been creating handmade ceramics for 27 years. She uses rich matte glazes to highlight the beautiful forms of her hand-thrown tableware, from vases to ramekins.

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“My love of ceramics comes from a simple respect for the form.”

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

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Haley Ann Robinson

Portland, OR

Graphic designer, artist + illustrator Haley Ann Robinson splits her time between Portland and Los Angeles, gathering inspiration from Oregon's forests, while immersing herself in California's diverse culture. Color, nature and geometry (including all the possibilities of a 3-dimensional shape) influence Haley's work.

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“I always challenge myself to use new materials.”

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

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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.

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BDB

Brooklyn, NY

Founder Re Jin Lee's unique heritage—she grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with South Korean parents—plays a major part in the minimalist designs of her jewelry displays. She crafts each of her clay ring cones and catchalls by hand in her Brooklyn, NY, studio.

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“I offer functional ceramics made by hand.”

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

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The Vintage Vogue

Baltimore, MD

Designer Charlotte Cannon's architecture job left her longing to touch, hold and make. Spurred by this desire to create, she took the leap to start her own design studio in Baltimore, MD. There, Charlotte creates minimalist trays and coasters with artful paint speckles, gold leaf accents and more.

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“My story was born out of a love for design + craft.”

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

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Happy Habitat

Roeland Park, KS

After some soul searching, Karrie Kaneda left her corporate career behind to pursue her passion for art. Now, Karrie creates bold and bright throws made of recycled cotton for her company Happy Habitat. From her home base near Kansas City, the designs are sent to a small team of expert knitters in New Jersey, where they're handcrafted to order.

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“My throws are earth-friendly, functional pieces of art.”

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

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Molly M Designs

San Francisco, CA

While working with a laser cutter to make architectural molds, San Francisco-based designer and architect Molly McGrath had a creative epiphany: she could use the same tool to create jewelry and housewares. She hand sketches all of her designs before cutting them out of unexpected materials, like metallic leather.

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“I focus on keeping the integrity of my concepts + exploring  new materials.”

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

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Louise Gray

Minneapolis, MN

Founders Alexandra Gray Bennett and Jocelin Johnson make modern quilts using classic, time-honored techniques. Local artisans handcraft their designs from 100% cotton, keeping the tradition of quilt-making alive and creating pieces that will live with families for generations to come.

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“We're inspired by the juxtaposition of old + new.”

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

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.

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Erik Barthels

Mandeville, LA

Self-taught painter Erik Barthels' artwork is more than meets the eye. What look like paint strokes are actually marks from a squeegee, and seemingly simple collages are carefully arranged - and rearranged - until Erik is satisfied. Based in Mandeville, LA, he draws on simple forms and unexpected palettes to create these abstract pieces.

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“My work is at once highly systematic + casually offhand.”

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

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Julia Kostreva

Los Angeles, CA

Art director and designer Julia Kostreva recently relocated from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Inspired by her exciting journey, she hand-painted prints mid-move with rich black Japanese sumi ink. Julia incorporates the vivid colors through digital techniques derived from her graphic design and screen-printing practices.

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“Using Japanese sumi ink invites me to create bold shapes + lines.”

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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.

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Alyson Fox

Austin, TX

With a perfectly sharpened pencil and her pup Stache by her side, designer Alyson Fox reimagines geometric patterns and color palettes to create these unique art prints. While she loves the quiet of her studio outside of Austin, TX, it's just a quick trip away from the inspiring energy of the city's maker community.

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“I'm interested in the story-telling inherent in my design process.”

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

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Carpenter Collective

Kansas City, MO

The son of two artists, it's no surprise Tad Carpenter grew up to be the illustrator and designer behind Carpenter Collective in Kansas City, MO. He works with his wife and fellow designer Jessica to make limited edition prints, like these bright interpretations of their favorite Mexican textiles, traditionally made by the Otomi Indians.

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“Design should be fun, functional + timeless.”

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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.

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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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.

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

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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.

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.

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Goods That Matter

New Orleans, LA

After the 2010 oil spill, Tippy Tippens moved to New Orleans and created handcrafted charcoal soap with a ceramic bird inside, arranging for 10% of the proceeds to go to the Gulf Restoration Network and International Bird Rescue. Just like those cleaning efforts, you'll wash away the soap to reveal a hidden treasure.

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“We make the world a better place by creating products that matter.”

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

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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.

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.

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

Nashville, TN

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.