When New Yorkers are on the hunt for extraordinary furniture, organic soap, or quirky-cool ceramics, they go to Field + Supply. The biannual craft fair typically takes place upstate in May and October, but this spring’s event has been postponed to July 17–19 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the delay hasn’t stopped founder Brad Ford from shining a light on talented artisans.
Ford recently launched A Maker Moment, a new platform that provides a glimpse into the minds and lives of the creatives who often set up temporary shop at the show. Fortunately, many of the people Ford plans to profile on the site are still able to produce work because their studios and workshops are connected to their homes. “To me, it’s a form of discovery and escapism, while also helping the artists,” he says. While you might have to wait until this summer to see their stuff IRL, here you can get a look at five artisanal brands we have our eye on in the meantime:
What to know: The Hudson Valley–born and -based furniture maker focuses on contemporary silhouettes (think: simplified stools and chairs with exaggerated ball foots) and uses traditional methods and materials to create his pieces.
Where to shop: While most of his work is made to order, Finnigan has an assortment in stock that can be ordered online.
What to know: Founder Allison Samuels, who describes her style as “minimalist and sustainably made,” hand-carves vessels, utensils, boards, and furniture in her East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, studio.
What to know: Ken Landauer uses 99 percent or all of a sheet of plywood in his furniture designs, resulting in little to no waste.
Where to shop: The highly sculptural pieces boast fairly affordable price tags (his foldaway stool/side tables start at $230) and can be purchased online.
What to know: Working out of their rural Connecticut studio, husband-and-wife team Daniel Oates and Dana Brandwein make a full line of homewares, spanning dinnerware, lighting, and custom furniture. Brandwein, who heads up the ceramics, characterizes the pieces as “perfectly imperfect.”
What to know: Infused with a little “’70s throwback romance,” Lara and Moses Nadel specialize in luxe-looking leather products, from chic, medicine ball-like spheres to clever wall organizers.
Where to shop: Prior to the pandemic, the pair’s Long Island workshop was open for visits by appointment for custom design clients. You can browse their products at Ford’s Manhattan showroom, FAIR, once its doors reopen, and check out their other retailers here.
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