If you're into online shopping, you probably know Etsy as a source for craft supplies and adorable handmade tchotchkes. But, although it may not be the first place you think to turn to, Etsy is a unexpectedly good source for furniture. This massive online marketplace can connect you to new and emerging designers, who are creating exciting, beautiful pieces that you won't see at local stores—and often for surprisingly reasonable prices.
This shop offers really beautiful, angular bar stools and side tables, whose delicate but powerful metal rod bases give them industrial grit and a modern lightness. And in a field that tends to be very male-dominated, it's a nice departure to see a whole shop full of furniture designed and made by a woman.
Inspired by the challenges of furnishing a tiny London apartment, this UK shop makes floating tables and desks that are perfect for small spaces. They're stylish, practical, and start at just $102.39. Oh, and fear not: they ship to the U.S.
This shop offers a range of mid-century modern style lounge chairs, many with beautifully patterned seats, so it's like sitting on a work of art. The products are all made in Nicaragua from sustainable hardwood, and for every chair purchased Masaya Trading Company will plant 100 trees on previously deforested land.
If you love the look of copper but aren't much of a DIYer, check out the selection of copper furniture in this UK-based shop. Considering that they're made from copper piping, these pieces have a surprisingly delicate, even elegant, feel.
This Polish shop offers an assortment of desks, nightstands and side tables, all in clean, modern styles.
They have quite a few different offerings, but I love this shop for their benches and tables with intricate, sculptural bases.
Crafts Manhattan offers really beautiful, simple side tables, consoles, and nightstands, in a variety of colors and finishes. I'm particularly partial to this steel and copper combo.
Their prices are a little higher than some, but I couldn't help including this Madrid-based studio, which has some truly beautiful pieces, including this marble coffee table (on wheels!). They also have a lot of smaller-scaled pieces, which are perfect for small spaces.
This brother-and-sister team creates beautiful, solid wood furniture in simple but attractive designs. I'm also partial to their elegant Garfield Desk, but my favorite piece from their shop is this beautifully detailed record cabinet, whose retractable doors allow you to spend plenty of time admiring your collection.
The pieces at this shop tend to be a bit on the pricey side, but I appreciate them for their lovely, handmade quality and stunning attention to detail. In the age of IKEA, when furniture seems almost disposable, these are pieces that go against the grain, ones that you'll treasure for a long, long time.