Finding the Right Custom or Handmade Furniture for Your Home
Portland is fast becoming, or has already become (depending on who you talk to), the handmade crafty center of the universe. We like our beers brewed local, our coffee roasted in small batches, and our furniture either unfinished or made from recycled wood. Here’s a quick rundown of ten of Portland’s great furniture artisans and shops.
1 – Salvage Works
Salvage Works in North Portland’s Kenton neighborhood (a half block West of the iconic Paul Bunyan statue) is a building recycler that specializes in reclaiming wood from structures that have fallen out of use and using that reclaimed wood to make environmentally conscious and charmingly rustic wall cladding and custom furniture. The brand is defined by expert craftsmanship, strong lines, heirloom quality materials, and rich character.
2 – Delia Furniture
Another North Portland standout, Delia Furniture makes steel furniture and home accessories by hand, as well as commercial retail displays, architectural objects, and garden sculptures and objects.
3 – Makers Woodworks
Makers Woodworks is a woodworking shop that specializes in bringing the full expressive range of our native woods to bear on custom furniture and cabinetry for the home or commercial applications. They can work in a wide variety of styles and have a combined fifty years of experience between them. They do not have a showroom, however, contact through the web.
4 – Zach Malcolm Furniture
Another online only custom furniture maker, award-winning designer and builder Zach Malcolm aims to create heirloom quality pieces using the best of traditional woodworking and joinery technique. He primarily works in northwest woods creating cabinetry and furniture, but can take on other projects on a case-by-case basis.
5 – Studiomoe
A Scandinavian design-inspired Northwest woodworking studio that strives to create simple yet elegant furniture, Studiomoe has won multiple awards for the service. They only source their wood from three sustainable sources: trees that have died naturally in the Portland metro area (predominately Western Walnut), reclaimed wood from dismantled buildings, and sustainably harvested forests. They offer collections of furniture, but are happy to custom alter any design in their catalog.
6 – The Joinery
The Joinery, located on the corner of Southeast Forty-Eighth and Woodstock, and with an additional showroom on Southwest Yamhill in Downtown, has been hand building high quality wood furniture since they opened 1982. They began as a furniture repair company, but quickly realized that they could design and build better furniture using traditional techniques. They are one of the biggest FSC certified furniture makers in the Northwest and use wind power offsets to erase part of their carbon footprint.
7 – Perch Furniture
A custom sofa company located on Northwest 10th in the Pearl district, Perch Furniture is the only company on this list that manufactures their products out of state (in California). They are also the only company on this list offering a wide range of customizable couch, sofa, and loveseat designs to chose from.
8 – Jonathan A. Nussbaum – Furniture Maker
Back to the sole proprietor custom furniture makers, Jonathan A. Nussbaum apprenticed and worked under German Master Furniture Maker Kai Fuhrmann before setting out on his own to make custom furniture and cabinets using locally sourced, reclaimed or responsibly harvested lumber and environmentally friendly finishing materials.
9 – Mallet Bespoke Furniture
With more than thirty years of experience in the Portland area making both residential and commercial custom wood furniture behind them, you’ve probably seen the work of Mallet but just don’t know it. Several of Portland’s nicer bars and restaurants were designed and built by the Mallet Bespoke team. See their wares online or at their NW Front Ave location.
10 – Mimy Designs
Lastly but definitely not least, Mimy Designs is the woodworking, furniture, and cabinetry company run by an immigrant jazz musician from Madagascar turned woodworker. Mimy trained under the master craftsmen of the Berkeley Mills in California, before opening his own shop in Portland. His style is distinctly modern and he uses the best quality solid woods and veneers he can source from local businesses.
Local Matters, Comfort Does Too
Portland is a great place to live. Part of what makes it that way is our collection of hardworking local artisans, whether they be sandwich makers, vintners, or cabinet builders. Supporting them helps to keep this city developing in the best direction.