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.