Why We Make in Chicago
The story of making in Chicago is twofold. It reflects, on the one hand, a love and appreciation for the city and its industrial history. On the other, it reflects our interest in building a smart, efficient, and consumer-focused business.
Our idea was to make beautiful, expertly-crafted design accessible, in a way we hadn’t seen anywhere else. Our furniture would be simple, considered, and built-to-last—and it would be fairly priced. We would use sustainably-harvested American hardwoods—partly because they’re beautiful, partly because it’s good for the environment. We would observe fair labor practices—because it’s the right thing to do, and because good craftsmanship requires workers who are treated well. And, unlike most furniture manufacturers, we would finish all of our woodwork by hand.
To achieve this, we discovered, we had to make our work ourselves, and we had to make our work in Chicago.
Most Chicagoans are avid Chicago-evangelists; they’ll sing the praises of Chicago to anyone who will listen. We’re no different. We love Chicago. And we want to contribute to the local economy. This city has a long, storied history of making things, for better and—sometimes—for worse. (See: the Stockyards.) We want to celebrate that history, and, hopefully, create a few jobs in the process.