Ethnicraft creates beautiful furniture and decorative objects that are the foundation for people’s homes, to inspire the stories of their lives.
For twenty-five years, we have been creating timeless furniture from solid wood. We love that it evolves with the years as it carries the marks of the life that happens to it. As it is incredibly strong and ages well with time, we believe wood is what makes our furniture the solid and dependable foundation of a home.
We create collections for every room of the house: from the furniture that defines the purpose of a space, to the objects and accessories that layer it with meaning. All of our designs are intentionally timeless. They withstand trends and associate well with different styles, so they can be passed on from one home to the next, carrying over the stories of one lifetime into another.
You don't buy a sofa every day. When you do, you probably expect it to last you a lifetime. If you ever wondered what exactly goes into that, Eilersen are the people to ask. They have been in the business of making people sit comfortably for 120 years, and know more about it than most. Learn more about their story at eilersen.eu
For over thirty years, every piece of Precedent upholstered furniture has been meticulously and sustainably crafted for exceptional value. Only certified lumber and recycled steel are selected for Precedent to help preserve limited resources. Our dedicated American craftspeople combine experience, talent and uncompromising attention to detail to produce superior products that you’ll be proud to have in your home.
Amer Rugs is one amongst the most trusted names in the rug industry which stands synonymous to fashion and design across the globe. The company shines bright on global map winning many international accolades leaving its competitors far behind. With over 10,000 employees across the globe, Amer stands strong with its huge national sales force and boasts of its permanent showrooms in Atlanta, Las Vegas, High Point and Jaipur.
The ever-thoughtful dedication of Amer to old-world's craftsmanship further makes it stand different in the rug industry. Today, Amer has established itself as a premier manufacturer with sales and customer service offices based in suburban Atlanta, GA. The company has been showcasing its best selling eclectic collections in international events of repute which bespeak stories of innovation, abstract designs, soft finish, metallic-inflected look and dimensional texture.
The spectacular rug passes through a magical transformation to come out as a beautiful piece of artistry to be spread on floor. From being a simple yarn at first stage, it passes through difference phases and hands, weaving thousands of stories in the process. Hence, each rug comes out with a story after passing through beautiful processes.
Initially, it starts with yarn making process after collecting the finest wool. In fact, the initial task comprises sourcing out the best wool and processing it. This raw wool is cleaned and spun into yarn with diverse processes including carding, spinning and hanks. Next comes the dyeing process which is followed by wool processing. After the wool is processed, it goes for weaving to artisans who weave the rugs on the basis of a rug map given to them. Once, weaving is completed, there comes raw clipping process, which is followed by washing process,.
In this process, rugs are washed to ensure they have natural sheen coming out through the yarns used. Now, the rug is complete and hence is stretched, and done with edge binding and high low carving process where it is evened out and trimmed to ensure it is ready to be shipped.
From the design process, to the selection of materials, to the creation and finishing processes each rug is handcrafted with the finest care by skilled team of artisans. As this one rug passes through many hands, it creates many interesting stories of craftsmanship, women entrepreneurship and many more within.
At Anchal, our designs blend the traditional, handmade craft with contemporary design—revolutionizing handmade textiles for the modern home. We honor the past and slow fashion movement by hand-stitching one-of-a-kind, pieces that reduce fabric waste and are made from eco-friendly low-impact dyes, vintage fabric and GOTS certified organic cotton. We challenge the textile industry’s exploitative practices by investing in our artisans and creating a human connection that extends worldwide. Each design explores the relationship between art and storytelling, bridging the gap between consumers and each piece’s maker along her journey to empowerment.
Verve Culture brings you on a cultural journey through our artisan made products.
Today, we are a women-run business spanning three generational groups from Baby Boomer, Gen X, to Millennial. We are in constant pursuit of life traveled fully. The more we explore, the more we get inspired. Join us on our journey.
An Artisan View
We are committed to offering an inside view of how certain tools and tastes can create memorable experiences with friends and family. Beautiful, purposeful, authentic and respectful of the people who make the items, is at the heart of our philosophy. Each of our kitchen, home wares and gourmet food products comes with the story of where it is made, by whom, and the history of the item. We believe that exposure to new cultures and experiences brings joy.
We curate iconic items that are made in the country of origin using traditional practices. We work with a team of amazing artisans and craftsmen who have been partners with us for our entire journey. We are proud to share their stories of heritage and passion and provide a platform to grow their businesses.
As founders, Jules and Jacquie are a mother and daughter team and have worked together for 27 years in the gift industry. After becoming disillusioned with the mass produced products prevalent in the marketplace, we started to seek products that were more unique and have actual heart and soul.
As the world moves towards mass production, artisan crafts die. Join us in sustaining artisan traditions for future generations.
A letter from Oak River founder Mitzi Galasan:
The truth is I’m just a small-town girl, with roots that were cultivated in the Mississippi Delta. Those roots have stretched across the entire southern United States and have even scattered seeds in several countries abroad. I am a girl with a heart that is compelled with compassion for others and for the world around me.
I am inspired by the mundane things of life-the ordinary that has potential to become extraordinary. I see things as they will be, and not as they are. I enjoy entering into each moment with my eyes wide open, and a heart longing to embrace that moment. I do not take for granted the little things in life, for it is the little things that will make a grand impact in the lives of others.
I believe that within every acorn lives an oak tree, and if cultivated and germinated appropriately that acorn will evolve into a mighty oak tree with branches that stretch far and wide creating a canopy for all who choose to slow down and enjoy its branches. Every aspect of an oak tree is handcrafted and developed over time offering strength, purpose, grace, confident assurance, commitment, dedication, and loyalty. My humble beginnings instilled within my spirit a drive and a will that has cultivated a whatever it takes mindset, at all cost for things that have character building values.
When I began creating Oak River Company, my goal was to bring to the market a product that reflected my Southern American heritage. That heritage echoes strength and durability, enough to withstand any amount of weather over time.
As a company, we pride ourselves on the quality and durability of our products. Like the mighty oak tree, Oak River Company products will stand the test of time. Not only are you purchasing a generational quality product, but your purchases are helping us build bridges of Hope in the world around us.
So, from our family to yours, thank you for choosing to be a difference-maker, thank you for choosing to love, encourage, support and BELIEVE in the impossible with us! As you walk out your journey, we hope that your branches flourish and that you know that lives will be changed because you YOU!
ENJOY THE JOURNEY,
Colonial Mills has been crafting quality braided products for over 40 years. We make all of our products in our new Rumford, Rhode Island facility. Colonial Mills brings innovation to braid. Through quality, American craftsmanship and adaptable design, we are creating the next generation of braided home fashions.
Katie Cahn is a local metalsmith originally from the foothills of South Carolina. She owns and operates Dirt Road Wares, a one-woman show studio, located in Rosman, NC. Inspired by the natural beauty of Western North Carolina, her pieces reflect her deep connection with the great outdoors. All of her pieces are hand-forged and made from reclaimed and recycled metals and American-mined turquoise. Dirt Road Wares are made from the heart and built to be passed down for generations to come.
Wood working goes back generations with Corey's family. Whether it be by inheritance or divine intervention, he's always found himself pushing lumber just like his grandfather. When people might notice a blemish or a knot in his Grandfather's work, he would justify it by saying, "It is as God made it". Understanding each tree and the character it offers is important to Corey.
Growing up in South Carolina, Corey and his brother were close to their granddad. As young children they would stand on a stool and watch him make toys on the bandsaw. Corey eventually began to inherit tools from his father, reassuring his mom that they were the "safer" tools. By age 13 he had already built his own skatepark. In highschool he studied carpentry to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. In college Corey studied Parks, Recreation and Tourism Managment at Clemson University. He has worked as a naturalist, mentoring the youth of America. Coming full circle, he now lives in the mountains where he has made woodworking his career.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
— George Bernard Shaw
Hannah is an artist, designer and maker based in San Francisco. Working primarily in wood and metal her work incorporates the idea of “Play”. Using color and form she transforms everyday objects into functional art that is playful and interactive.
Her practice is ingrained in the process of creating objects that help people reconnect to the histories, processes and materials by which the objects are made and used. Her work is defined by her respect of the materials and attention to craft. She designs and makes handmade tools that can be staples in anyone's home and be used everyday as well as one-of-kind tools that explore the boundaries of functionality and sculpture.
Hannah graduated from California College of the Arts in 2014. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area including the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has completed residencies at the Recology Student Artist in Residence program, The Workshop Residence and at Shaper Tools.
Josh’s connection with western North Carolina began as a student in Brevard College’s Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education program. Through climbing, backpacking, and paddling, he developed a deep knowledge of local wild areas as well as the trees and plants our forests support. Starting with hand-carved spoons and serving utensils, Josh chose to focus on reclaimed and locally-sourced wood. Connection to local natural resources and uncovering the beauty underneath the everyday became a common thread as he moved from a manual-powered treadle lathe to an electric lathe that was capable of more significant timber. Josh currently is focusing on creating functional, food-safe bowls and platters as well as more decorative, abstract sculptures.
Margaret’s love of clay began here in Transylvania County at the age of ten years old. She spent her summers at Rockbrook Camp for Girls, while escaping the Mississippi heat. Since then, the dappled light and fresh air of the mountains have remained linked to the joy of making beautiful objects by hand. Her love of the handcrafted and the desire to create never left her, and in 1997, she received her BA in Studio Art from Colorado College. She returned to the mountains of North Carolina in 1998 to make Transylvania County her permanent home. After pursuing a masters in another field, Margaret circled back to that deep and abiding love of clay. She now maintains a small ceramics studio in Brevard, NC, keeping her hands dirty and her sanity intact. Inspired by the material itself, its buttery feel and gentle yield, Margaret builds layers of texture that please the eye and the hand. Subtle glazes accentuate the textures and embolden the simplicity of form. The result is functional pottery, traditionally made but with a modern aesthetic, to be used and cherished.
Sandra Dejanovic was born and raised in France and launched Happy French Gang in June 2013: " Combining French vision with California creation, these textiles have the easy chic style you crave, no matter where you live. "
Sandra who moved years ago from France to San Francisco with her husband, successfully juggles her career, family and me-time. From an industrial engineer position to a designer and entrepreneur, Sandra has found her passion in creating beautiful handmade textiles. All of her textiles are hand-woven, hand-dyed and hand-stitched with organic cotton and she turned them into a home decor and a clothing collection. Her focus is to participate to the slow fashion/design movement by creating ethical textiles with beautiful textures and colors.
Bonnie Kaye Whitfield is a floral-lovin', vintage-junkie, cocktail-slingin' designer based out of Johnson City, TN (yes, you know it - from that Old Crow Medicine Show song!). She grew up with casserole-filled Sundays and her parents hosting dinner parties nearly every week in the outskirts of Atlanta. Cooking and conversation were commonplace. She discovered her love of printmaking one day in the studio at the University of Georgia and has been covered in ink ever since. She earned her MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and next called Philadelphia home, where she founded Bonnie Kaye Studio in 2014.
In 2016, Bonnie and her husband decided to return to their southern roots and moved to the mountains of East Tennessee, where you can find Bonnie printing in an 1908 house and caring for their wild toddler, Magnolia Scout. Their pitbull rescue, Wythe, is often at her feet.
Josh is a native, born and raised in the mountains of Transylvania county. His roots go back 12 generations. Growing up in the mountains, the woods have always been special to him. For as long as Josh can remember, he has always loved to imagine and create. "I feel as though art is a state of mind." Josh says. Working with wood and natural elements has always been a part of his life and a family tradition. He grew up in a house full of artists and hard workers, and brings those past experiences into his craft. "I believe art is a language of its own and I use that language in the art of woodworking."
3oak is proud to be the sole gallery to carry fine art sculptures by Joshua Goins. To fully appreciate these artworks we recommend visiting our gallery to see them in person!
Meredith's path to the wood shop includes extensive education in design complemented with two years of hands-on skill building. She began in the architecture studio where she earned a bachelors degree and acquired a great appreciation of design's role in the feeling of comfort and identity in a home. She has since graduated from the North Bennet Street School's renowned furniture making program where she gained the skills necessary for building high-quality, long-lasting furniture.
Her design philosophy goes beyond form-follows-function and strives to harmonize the two aspects of a piece as much as possible. Using time-tested joinery techniques and acute attention to detail, Meredith strives to build furniture that feels natural and contemporary while honoring and incorporating traditional forms and innovations.
She lives and works in Durham, North Carolina.
Lemieux introduced her European lifestyle brand LEMIEUX et CIE into the United States in August 2020, coinciding with the recent launch of her first business book “Frictionless: Why the Future of Everything Will Be Fast, Fluid, and Made Just for You" (Harper Collins Business), which published on June23rd, 2020.
Prior to starting her newest ventures, Lemieux was the Founder of THE INSIDE and the former CEO of her direct-to-consumer(D2C) home furnishings brand. She was the Co-Founder of Cloth & Company and the Founder of Dwell Studio, which was purchase by Wayfair, the world’s largest online home furnishings retailer, in 2013. Lemieux served as the Executive Creative Director of Wayfair until 2016.
Lemieux is a frequent contributor to Architectural Digest, Apartment Therapy, Editor At Large and other design outlets. Lemieux authored her first book, “Undecorated” (Random House/Clarkson Potter) to critical acclaim in 2011; her second best selling book (still #1 in Interior Decoration & Ornament on Amazon) “The Finer Things” also was published by RH/CP in 2016. Looking ahead, Lemieux’s third book and fourth books are slated for publication in 2020 and 2021, “Provenance” and “The Everything Home,” respectively. Recently, Lemieux entered the television space as co-host and judge on “Ellen’s Design Challenge” - a furniture design competition show on HGTV.
Lemieux was highlighted as one of Fortune’s 2012 "Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs” and is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and Queen’s University in Canada. Lemieux sits on the board of “Every Mother Counts,” (EMC) the non-governmental organization (NGO) started by Christy Turlington Burns to fight maternal mortality and support women, babies and health care providers; a portion of sales from Lemieux et Cie will support the EMC mission
A GLOBAL SISTERHOOD IS BORN
With backgrounds in design, sisters Colleen and Maggie Clines lead by placing design at the center of Anchal’s everyday practice.
It all started in a design studio. Colleen Clines was taking a graduate seminar at the Rhode Island School of Design that took her on a trip to India in 2009 - a trip that changed the trajectory of her life forever. While in India, Colleen was introduced to the exploitive world of the commercial sex trade and the extreme lack of opportunity for women in the community. It was in this moment she was inspired to design more than beautiful landscapes, she was determined to create positive social and environmental change using design.
“We felt compelled to take the project beyond the classroom with the conviction that our design training, in collaboration with local leadership, could address seemingly intractable social and environmental systems. The women we met became our sisters, sisters we had to fight for.” - Colleen Clines, Co-Founder & CEO
Billet + Blade is a one-woman workshop dedicated to making simple things with simple tools from simple materials. Kelly's wood is sourced locally in Middle Tennessee from fallen or trimmed trees. The pieces are hand rubbed with a food-safe homemade blend of raw linseed oil and local beeswax. These pieces are made to endure daily use for years to come.
Chris designed and built his first custom home bar in 2007 and has appreciated the noble craft of woodworking ever since. After working in the nonprofit sector for 12 years and working or living overseas in Micronesia, West Africa, and the Caribbean, Chris settled in Transylvania County in 2016. At 3 oak, he specializes in tables and enjoys the process of taking a project from slab to finished product. From milling to benchwork to finishing, Chris continues to be a student of the craft and draws inspiration from the natural environment as well as his fellow artisans. He holds degrees from Fordham University and SOAS (London). Chris and his wife, Rachel, reside in Pisgah Forest, NC with their two children.
Daniel is a native to western North Carolina. After living in Crested Butte, Colorado for many years he moved back home to learn the ins and outs of home construction. Realizing his talent and passion lay in the intricate details of woodworking, he found a comfortable fit with the team at 3oak, where he can hone his skills, appreciating each piece of wood from forest to showroom. He is a lover of firm whiskey, strong women, and hard wood.
Neetu joined Anchal’s stitch x stitch artisan program in 2012—determined to provide a better life for her family. After four years of dedication and hard work, she was promoted to the role of senior artisan. Today, Neetu embodies a confidence and strength she never knew she had.
Despite tremendous challenges, Neetu is a true leader in the community and has seen significant changes in her life since joining Anchal. Neetu can now provide for her family in more ways than one. As the primary breadwinner, Neetu’s earnings gives her family the ability to run the house, purchase food and educate her children. She also uses the skills she’s developed as an artisan to make beautiful clothing for her children to wear.
Mike’s first taste of woodworking was making pledge paddles for himself and his future wife as part of their fraternity and sorority initiation. The bar was pretty low but both paddles received the “Best Paddle Award”. Although Mike spent the next 35 years in the technology industry as a software engineer and technical architect his passion to one day get back to woodworking never left. After retirement Mike built a woodshop in the mountains of North Carolina. In 2018 Mike founded 3oak Handcrafted. Mike’s passion is to create a great product, great brand and a great place to work while investing in the local community. Mike holds degrees in Computer Science, Economics and Accounting. Mike and his wife, Rene, reside in Balsam Grove, NC.
Jacob Liske, owner of Railroad Iron, Inc. has made a name for himself in the sculpture and metalwork scene of WNC after opening his shop in 2015. Starting out as a kid working on motorcycles and sculptures in his parent’s driveway, the passion for metal work blossomed into high-end crafted work. Railroad Iron has developed a reputation for creating one of a kind ironwork for private residences and commercial properties around the US. Working closely with each customer to bring their ideas into reality, there is no limit to the ingenuity and finesse of each final product. The custom, one-stop shop for architectural metalwork can produce furniture, ornate gates, custom handrails and beyond.
Scott grew up in Vicksburg MS learning construction from his father and grandfather. When he moved to Western North Carolina he spent time as a wilderness guide, farmer, and timber-frame carpenter before he found his passion in designing and handcrafting wood furniture. He has a strong affinity for early American antiques as well as Japanese style timber-frame carpentry. These influences can be seen in his work. When Scott is not working he can be found playing in the woods with his bird dog named Goose.
Hannah is a southerner, turned Canadian, turned southerner again fulfilling a lifelong passion for beautiful and functional home decor. Having spent her formative years in High Point, NC she was exposed to interior design by both sides of her family who each owned and operated furniture companies. She moved to Toronto, ON in 2010 for eight cold years where she pursued an education in graphic design and silversmithing, while returning every summer as a counselor and photographer at Rockbrook Camp in Brevard. Longing for a more simple life surrounded by the natural beauty of Appalachia (Thanks Dolly Parton!) she put her life in a suitcase and moved to the place that always felt like home. Her mantra, “Does it spark joy?” is the consideration that goes into each and every piece of the 3oak Handcrafted Homegoods Line.
Kelly is an artist and weaver based in Western North Carolina. She was raised in Oklahoma and grew up with an appreciation for all things homemade by folks with cobbled-together skill sets. A dabbler at heart, she studied ballet, printmaking, circus, and libraries, among other things.
As far as the weavings go, each one is made by hand with the help of a rigid heddle loom. Kelly’s process aims at continuous learning, adaptation, and experimentation with a bit of whimsy thrown in. Weaving takes some artistry and tends toward technical, so it sits well with a person who has a mind for both. Not to mention it’s a great way to take a load off.
Kelly’s other interests include watercolor painting, animation, and toy making.
Robert grew up summering in the woods of Northwestern Carolina. For a decade he was an instructor in orienteering, white water, mountain climbing and survival. He believes he has learned something from everyone he has met along life’s path. During that time, he found a great passion for the forest and its wildlife. While in the mountains Robert began building and whittling downfallen trees, so woodworking just came naturally. “To learn the amazing surprises and stories that a tree can tell by its life’s growth is incredible. To design and build something with wood that can be used or cherished by friends and family makes you feel worthy. To create something to leave behind that others can cherish or pass down for generations is inspiring.”
When Robert is not woodworking, you can usually find him with his family and friends enjoying art, sarcasm, comedy, good food and nature.
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