My work is all about recharging connection with our communities and the natural world. I create pieces of value and hope for individuals, communities, future generations and hence society at large through work that is focused on the history and community of the place where it is installed. The work brings people together in both dialogue, physical engagement and interaction.
I’d already been making lamps for a while, here and there, when a few years back a friend started handing me kitchenware she found, saying “Make this into a light.” So I did: antique toasters, espresso makers, food mills. I have a small workshop where I store parts and do the grubbier parts of the work: drilling, cutting, steel-wooling. The preliminary design stage also usually happens there – stacking parts on top of one another until they start a conversation, and then figuring out how to make the structure permanent.
Oakland based Woodworker, Aleksandra Zee builds large and small scale intricate wooden wall hangings, headboards, and table tops. With a degree in Fine Arts, Zee has built a full time career in making art as a living. From trips to the desert, spending time in front of the ocean, and being out amongst the trees, Zee draws her inspiration from travel and being heavily rooted in the past.
She creates functional ceramics that are intended for everyday use, made primarily on the wheel and fired in gas reduction kilns. Her work is inspired by minimalist forms and a connection to the earth.
Modern handmade porcelain tableware and home accents.
Art Craft Statuary, Inc. is a family owned business, started in 1961, by our founder, Alipio Fabbri. The Fabbri family oversees and manages all operations. The family roots come from Northern Italy in the Tuscan region of San Cassiano di Controne, near Lucca.
The entire creation of our cast concrete products is made in our old world tradition, by hand, beginning with casting the concrete to applying our special color finishes. Each piece is always truly a unique work of art that will be enjoyed for many years.
We take pride in manufacturing our fine statuary, and our customers have grown to expect our superior quality and excellent customer service.
A small scale, custom ceramic design and production studio, owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Jay and Rie Dion. Since 2011, they have been working with artists, designers, and small business owners to design and fabricate handmade ceramic pieces in Oakland. They strive to continue the tradition of potters serving a local community by building close relationships with their clients through their commitment to craftsmanship and local manufacturing.
Bird vs. Bird Designs brings you hand-crafted goods and modern illustration for bird watchers and nature lovers. Designed and produced in the heart of Oakland since 2008.
Since 2009, Boonation has been building customized bicycles from the frame up for the community of Oakland. Our goal is to build you the most comfortable and affordable bike possible that fits your body and style perfectly. We will work with you to create a bike that will become part of the Boonation family.
My handpinched and slabwork pieces are made in small batches at my home in beautiful Oakland, California. Come in and take a peek at my process and featured pieces! You can also find my products at the Laurel Makers Market in Oakland, California every 3rd Saturday from 3:00 -8:00pm April through October.
Caledonia Studios is a small company dedicated to building the finest handmade arts and crafts furniture in America. Tedd and his small team of craftsmen build a limited number of pieces per year. We belive in the ideals of form following function and honest construction techniques. What results is an heirloom quality piece of furniture, not a production piece.
Furniture design and building.
A graphic designer in the stationery, home decor, tabletop, and gift industry for over 10 years.
Easy Growin Designs creates and delivers custom succulent and air plant compositions throughout the Bay Area. We use colorful containers and unique easy to maintain plants. We sell air plants on their own and in the form of terrariums, living ornaments, living wreaths & living jewelry. We offer international shipping via our Etsy Shop.
Eric Blanpied is a lifelong craftsman, and focuses on creating one-of-a-kind furniture that is both solidly functional and satisfying to live with. His work falls into two major categories: Sculptural, experimental forms combining metal and wood; and Classic, fine furniture built using traditional techniques. Eric enjoys working with a combination of reclaimed/scrap and new materials depending on the project. He is particularly careful about sourcing woods and tends to favor North American hardwoods that represent ethical forestry practices.
Handmade wheel thrown and slipcast pottery that is fun and food safe.
Furniture, lighting, and accessories created by Form & Reform celebrate the flexibility, durability, and simple beauty of iron. Form & Reform uses centuries-old blacksmithing techniques and modern processes to bring out the interesting textures, shapes, and finishes in the material. Each piece is designed by Jon Sarriugarte.
Freedom and Friends began as a way to express ourselves using reclaimed materials. Creating useful, beautiful objects out of materials that have been marked for the landfill is what makes us truly happy. We love seeing people using and enjoying what we take pride in creating. Matthew Cortez received a Bachelor's of Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He uses his background in architecture to help guide his designs, making sure each detail gives every piece a more personal, intimate feel.
GDS was founded to provide ethical and sustainable alternatives to people who appreciate simple modern design. We believe that knowing the makers of our textile goods is as important as understanding the route of food from farm to table. By making products and facilitating workshops at the intersection of design, sustainability and community, it's our mission to contribute to the restoration of our environment and a more equitable fashion and textile industry.
While most people see driftwood on the beach as discarded, lost, or even litter, Adam hears a story. He wonders about where the wood came from and its journey onward. Adam is an Oakland-based artist with a love for breathing new life and energy into old wooden materials that have washed ashore Northern California beaches. Adam’s original work is inspired by things that open the heart–nature, poetry, mindfulness, and love. He also encourages custom designs, and is happy to help your creative idea manifest into a personal and unique piece of art. All of Adam’s pieces are one of a kind, and made locally with sustainable materials that he finds while climbing, hiking and surfing in areas surrounding the San Francisco Bay.
Rolend Gumanas is an Oakland-based designer, specializing in the creation of handcrafted items made from salvaged materials of goods like denim, canvas, and leather. Gumanas works in her Downtown Oakland studio space, Werkshack, creating exclusive American handmade accessories, including: duffel bags, tote bags, plant hammocks, dopp kits, and leather key fobs. She visits local factories in search of salvaged materials that typically end up in a landfill and turns them into one-of-a kind, exclusive artisanal accessories.
Making our products ecologically friendly is just as important to us as making beautiful fragrances. All of our candles are made with clean-burning, American-grown soy wax. Our cotton/paper wicks are metal-free, and our scents are derived from a blend of essential oils and phthalate free, premium grade fragrance oils. All of our containers are reusable, as well as recyclable. Once your candle has burned to the end, simply wash the tin or tumbler with warm, soapy water and it’s ready for its next incarnation.
At Jason Lees Design we design and build timeless modern furniture that is as functional and livable as it is beautiful. Each piece is handcrafted and built to last in our workshop using the highest quality materials. By combining the warmth of wood with interesting materials and understated details, we build character and individuality into our designs. With its timeless quality, our furniture is comfortable in a variety of settings from the modern to the eclectic to the traditional.
Specialize in producing classic American furniture and accessories that are simple, elegant, and made ethically from sustainable materials. Woodworker and designer, Dave Ball, oversees a small crew of craftsmen who assist him in building his designs into heirloom quality pieces that are guaranteed for life.
Jess designs and creates a limited collection of glass pendant lights. These works are all freehand blown without molds or other reproduction aids and are inspired by the themes and details found in her larger works. Jess draws inspiration from the physical properties of molten glass, its unique optic nature, and the symbolism of transparency and opacity. Her works also have an anthropomorphic quality, drawing their inspiration from the human body as a vessel.
Through contacts made at shows and gallery exhibits, John’s work progressed into an architectural format. Artists and architects began asking him to collaborate on site-specific architectural projects and commissions, incorporating his castings into both immense sculptures and functional designs. Since then, the studio has completed a number of commissions for private and corporate clients. The studio is located in the industrial area of East Oakland. It has grown to include not only the hot shop, but mold and cold shops, as well.
Founded in 1988, Joinery Structures is a design-build studio and mill specializing in custom projects that integrate sustainable wood practices, innovative design, and precision craftsmanship.
Joinery Structures is locally and globally recognized for its ability to design and build beautiful spaces and innovative structures. With thoughtful project management, the Joinery Structures team exhibits exceptional skill and knowledge in design, wood milling, construction, and eco-sustainability.
Joinery Structures selects reclaimed timbers from the local urban forest for all of its projects, which are stored and milled at its facility in Oakland, CA.
Tyler Meeks is the founder of Kanna Woodcraft. He has a masters degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley where much of his work was focused on the relationship between materiality, craftsmanship, and design. He has worked as a designer, carpenter, fabricator, and project manager. Kanna began as an exploration of beauty through material transformation and continues as a practice dedicated to observation, patience, and technique.
Re-upholstery work is performed in our workshop, by hand—and we feel fortunate that we can provide that exceptional level of talent and focus to all our clients. This meticulous attention to detail is a key aspect of our craft and our service. We oversee every part of the process here from start to spectacular finish to insure the exceptional quality you expect.
6365 Coliseum Way, Oakland
We are a farming technology organization located in West Oakland California. We use aquaponics to improve life’s in urban and rural communities by utilizing traditional concepts, local materials, and modern technologies.
Born and raised in Japan, met "clay" in Mexico, and became obsessed with clay in the U. S.. She follows two simple principles in her creative process; utilizing the beauty of the natural color of clay and never swearing to her pieces or to herself as her purpose is to enrich the user's everyday life and make them happy.
I love to sew! My mom taught me how to make doll clothes when I was a little girl and I just kept going. I believe that the things we use daily should be beautiful and I love making practical items in fabrics that make me happy.
Longfellow Design creates modern, stylish furniture and lighting with wood and metal. Longfellow Design was founded by Katie Gossett after a career as a mechanical engineer designing consumer products.
Often found in a cloud of sawdust or under the hood of her welding mask, Katie is currently designing beautiful, well-crafted furniture with enduring style.
The name Longfellow Design originates from the Longfellow neighborhood of North Oakland, CA where the studio is based.
Lucas has begin milling lumber using sustainably sourced, reclaimed, and directly harvested wood paired with welded steel to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are made entirely by hand in his West Oakland workshop. Although Lucas has a clear aesthetic, he has years of experience working with clients to achieve products that fit their unique visions and needs to enhance any business or home with modern originality.
Natural concrete items for the home.
Melanie Abrantes Designs is a Bay Area-based producer of handcrafted, heirloom objects. Working with a variety of unique materials, Melanie strives to create products of the highest quality that are equally beautiful and functional. Through the technique of lathing, she turns simple pieces of solid wood and cork into one-of-a-kind bowls, plates, cups and stands. Her passion for woodworking originates from the simple fact that every piece is unique as the material it is made from.
Mostly Modern is an Oakland-based furniture design and fabrication studio. We strive to combine the best in design and materials to deliver unique pieces of lasting quality.
Established in 1981, Mueller Nicholls is a leader in both the cabinet and construction industries.
From our early days as a builder and cabinet shop, MN has kept a devoted following of clients, design professionals, builders and friends. And we’re totally committed to our staff – employee ownership is a core part of who we are.
We specialize in mid-sized to large comprehensive remodels, with turn-key solutions: everything from design assistance and permit expediting – to complete construction and installation capabilities.
All of our flags are cut, sewn, and finished in Oakland. We use a couple different techniques to add the ‘text and tree’ (insider terms) to the field (flag vocab!). This company is built on the idea of making high quality goods in Oakland and not cutting corners in the name of profit. We value:
Keepin' it local – Our top priority is keeping every possible element of production in Oakland.
Hiring our neighbors – Paying Oaklanders good wages and taking care of our people.
Using the good stuff – Always considering ecological footprint and durability in every purchasing decision we make.
Build it to last – if it’s not made to the highest quality standards, we won’t sell it.
At The ODIN, we believe the future is going to be dominated by genetic engineering and consumer genetic design will be a big part of that. We are making that happen by creating kits and tools that allow anyone to make unique and usable organisms at home or in a lab or anywhere.
Whether he is building a lamp, table, bicycle, or motorcycle, you will see Luke's curiosity about the how of how things work and a unique interpretation based on his experience. In each creation, there is a nod to mechanical function, a respect for pragmatism, and a glimmer of the uninhibited fascination for the inner working of objects.
Hand crafted in California, Original Timber Company designs and fabricates uniquely beautiful products for your home, office or retail environment. All of our materials are locally sourced and sustainably processed in our Oakland Bay Area workshop. Our team of skilled artisans devote themselves to the fine details in crafting each piece to ensure your purchase will be enjoyed for generations.
Bruce Pizzichillo and Dari Gordon are internationally known artists who create large, colorful handblown glass vases, sculptural vessels and bowls as well as intriguing glass and mixed media sculptures. Using glassmaking techniques that are thousands of years old, along with many of their own invention, Bruce and Dari melt glass in furnaces that are designed for work in multiple colors. They achieve a palette of distinctive colors by mixing various metallic oxide formulations containing gold, silver, cobalt and others, into the molten glass.
Custom design-build furniture, interiors, and architecture features.
A sole proprietorship, R-Y-E's FENCING was founded in 2012 by Monrye Young, Owner and Operator. He was taken in as an employee by a small gate company back in 2004. What felt like "below entry-level" work, began to develop into a portfolio of industry skills. From digging trenches and mixing cement, to fixing welds and programing equipment, Mr. Young soon found himself supervising projects and employees. After things didn't quite work out for him at the gate company, in 2007, he decided to "go with his gut". With CCTV training courses from PELCO, welding classes at The Crucible, and numerous seminars at Encon Electronics, he got: R-Y-E's FENCING.
SapphirePIne is the first venture transforming California trees killed by drought and bark beetle into stunning furniture and milled wood products. By showcasing the woods natural blue, orange, and green highlights in our designs, we provide an eco-friendly and design-driven way to transform your home and help California forests at the same time.
Shannon's talents extend to many corners of the art and design world. After receiving her BFA in Communication Arts and a Masters in Product Innovation at Virginia Commonwealth University, Shannon continues to explore different ways to create through a collaboration of skills and materials, finding home in Oakland.
In 2002, Goldenberg graduated with a B.F.A. in glass from California College of Arts in Oakland. He has trained at Inferno Glass Studio in New Orleans and Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle. Internationally, he has trained in Murano, Italy. It has been his honor to have trained with well-known glass blowers including Dante Marioni, Lino Tagliapietra, Philip Baldwin, and Monica Guggisberg.
The process of design and building should be an intimate experience between you and your architect and builder. At Studio Z Design + Construction, we believe this relationship is paramount to creating a successful design as well as ensuring a harmonious building project. By providing both design and building services under a single roof we streamline the process. As a design+build company, we are intimate with each phase–from sketching out initial design concepts, finalizing architectural drawings, obtaining permits, to framing and trimming out rooms. In this manner, we can closely monitor and address all of our clients' needs and concerns. In building our clients their dream homes, we design within our clients' goals (not ours)–that is their aesthetic tastes, their budgets, and their schedules.
Oakland-made custom cabinets, bookcases, tables, and built-ins.
Hand-made ceramics from reclaimed and salvaged materials.
All Tina Produce items are designed, hand screen-printed, and cleverly packaged in Oakland by me, Kristina Basgen, and on occasion a few helpers.
Offering handmade, artist-designed fashion and home accessories. Combining clean, urban lines with natural, rustic, and found materials, this unique collection of one-of-a-kind and bespoke items features leather bags and boxes, paper & woven wire lights, and other quirky and surprising objects. All items are designed and made by artist Gina Telcocci in her West Oakland studio. The hallmarks of Gina's designs are a contemporary sensibility combined with appreciation and respect for traditional techniques, and the importance of making by hand. Sophisticated designs, excellent craftsmanship, and quality materials distinguish everything she makes.Town & Country Mouse Designs are one-of-kind functional designs for humans, elegantly at home in the city or the country.
Founded by designer/architects Victor Lefebvre and Mei-Lan Tan, UMÉ Studio is a multidisciplinary design practice that blurs the boundaries between art, craft, and experience. We partner with designers and artisans in California, Paris, Kyoto, Ubud and beyond, to draw upon a range of diverse skills, perspectives, and traditions when making our products. Victor and Mei-Lan formed UMÉ Studio after years of working together in architectural practices where they discovered a shared design ethos for materiality, craft, and technique leading to design, rather than the prevailing norm of design informing craft and technique. That same spirit of curiosity, love of fine details, and a willingness to throw out convention, while honoring tradition, informs everything they do today.
Jamie Vaida creates custom sculptural art from a variety of metals. His work is elegant, graceful, and often functional by design. With a foundation in placement and use; these contemporary, organic forms are handcrafted to compliment and flow with the unique aesthetic of their environment. Personality and adaptability are key elements for designing and fabricating pieces that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
Vaida has spent his life dedicated to perfecting his trade. His work showcases expert crafting with metals such as copper and stainless steel. He particularly enjoys incorporating recycled, discarded or re-used metals and found objects into his projects to give new purpose to the materials. Vaida seeks to unearth the beauty of any given piece by molding and manipulating raw metals until their full potential is realized.
They make items that are functional, absolutely beautiful, and a part of every day life.