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When it comes to home furnishings, the Internet provides a globe’s worth of options in every imaginable style. But, what’s better than stepping into a neighborhood shop and falling in love with the wares. Relaxing into the bend of a chair, luxuriating in the fabrics, examining the curves of an exceptionally made table. And taking the time to survey the room and consider where each of the carefully made items will fit in your home.

The visceral and tactile experience of furniture shopping is exhilarating. When it’s a store close to home—allowing you the convenience of shopping at will, as well as the opportunity to support local artisans and a local business—even better!

There is also an important economic reason for buying in the area in which you live, whether it be the city that shares your zip code or the state you call your own. “Buying close to home may be more than a feel-good, it’s-worth-paying-more-for-local matter,” according to TIME Magazine. “A number of researchers and organizations are taking a closer look at how money flows, and what they’re finding shows the profound economic impact of keeping money in town—and how the fate of many communities around the nation and the world increasingly depend on it.”

In California, where high style, high standards, and an eye for eco converge, the choices for locally sourced, designed, and manufactured furniture and décor are limitless. If you’re designing a new home from scratch, refurbishing a room, or simply looking to add a stunning new piece or two to your existing décor, check out the options below for Made in California furniture—no matter what your style.

Here are some of our favorites right now:

Cliff Spencer Furniture Maker
13435 Beach Avenue
Marina del Rey, CA 90292 

Cliff Spencer began his woodworking career in 1995 and opened his namesake store in 2004. Today, Cliff Spencer Furniture Maker is well-known for meticulously crafted, high-end wood pieces, like this art deco steamer bar, which they design and manufacture in their workshop.

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Art deco steamer bar from Cliff Spencer

Croft House Furniture
326 North La Brea Avenue 
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Croft House Furniture is known for its modern reclaimed wood furniture and sustainable designs handmade in Los Angeles. The shop’s unique take on furniture and home décor grew out of founder Riley Rea’s early success selling his wares on Craigslist.  Today, Croft House has earned a following for unique pieces that are crafted in L.A., like the Connect chandeliers that are made from recycled bicycle parts.

 

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Thrive Furniture
8110 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Thrive Furniture gained a following for its fine furniture with mid-century modern flair, like the Baldwin desk. Thrive designs and builds its furniture in its L.A. shop and sells out of their West Hollywood showroom. The bonuses of buying from American-made Thrive: a lifetime guarantee and a 365-day return policy.006_BaldwinDesk_V1_00000-685x487

 

Cisco Home
580 Hayes Street
San Francisco CA, 94102

Stop into Cisco Home in San Francisco (as well as three locations in Southern California and another in New York), and it’s obvious that Cisco Pinedo has a way with furniture. Pinedo launched his career with a furniture upholstery business in 1990, and his love of fine upholstery is still evident in his works, like the Morgan bed. So his is love of local design and manufacturing; Cisco’s upholstery, case goods, and other furniture are created by a local workforce.

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Cisco Home’s Morgan bed

Table Asia
1101 Lake Street
San Francisco,  CA 94118

Want to add a little Asian flair to your home, but in a  unique way? Drop into Table Asia Gallery, where metal artisan Vince Meyer fuses antique and vintage Japanese panels with custom welded metalwork to create distinctive Japanese tables. All of Table Asia’s unique furniture is hand fabricated in San Francisco.

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Table Asia’s metal and reclaimed Japanese wood table

Purcell Living—by appointment
info@purcellliving.com
(310) 699-8333

Many of today’s furniture designers are inspired by the clean lines of mid-century modern. But how many are also inspired by science? Perhaps just one: Alexander Purcell Rodrigues. The designer’s West Hollywood shop, Purcell Living, is filled with unique items like the The Bias Hooded chair, which “was inspired by the angular planes made visible when looking at crystalline structures under a microscope, and can be customized in almost any wood or fabric choice,” said California Home+Design.

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