Even though we ought to know better, we occasionally fall for the false thinking that the bulk of the best and brightest new furniture designers tend to come from either one side of the country or another — Los Angeles or New York. That's just not always true. Of course there are brilliant and creative design minds located all over the U.S., but we’ve been noticing an uptick of great ideas coming from smack dab in the middle of our country. These Midwestern designers and the cities they live in might not have the same name recognition as L.A. or Brooklyn, but the pieces they’re producing are lovely, exciting, bold, fresh and gorgeous.
We rounded up five Midwestern furniture companies that we’ve either just come across and/or definitely think you should know about in honor of furniture month here on Apartment Therapy. And in addition to them all being talented, they all share another similar benefit: their central location is great for shipping!
1-2) Eastvold Furniture Dennison, Minnesota With heavy Mid-Century Modern influences, Eastvold brings back simplicity and honesty with clean lines, crisp materials like wood and metal and a fun style. Products shown: Classic Credenza and Elko Coffee Table
3-4) Misewell Milwaukee, Wisconsin Bold and bright pops of color with unique shapes characterize the style of this Milwaukee modern furniture company. Products shown: 1/2 Nelson and Sixagon
5-6) Ali Sandifer Studio Chicago, Illinois Slightly more complex shapes mingle with sturdy materials to create highly functioning and ultra modern pieces that are sure to become heirloom. Products shown: Heiss Desk and Mag Coffee Table
7-8) Loll Duluth, Minnesota This isn't your typical outdoor furniture company. Designs are based around the idea of fun and functionality, and these pieces come in both classier, neutral colors and bold, bright colors, for whatever your outdoor space's personality. Products shown: Racer Lounge Chair and Racer Side Car Table
9-10) Blu Dot Minneapolis, Minnesota We'd be surprised if you haven't heard of Blu Dot yet, but not as many people know that they are stationed in Minneapolis. And, they made such a splash with some of their new designs at this year's ICFF they're worth a mention. Products shown: Lily Pad Coffee Table and Dang Media Stand
This is of course just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to amazing modern furniture talent coming out of the Midwest. Why don't you help us add to the list? Share your favorite Midwest-based modern furniture company or designer.