Pricing on every single product is now available on the DE website! 
It's all about the manufacturing, baby.
Manufacturing — what a history! From skilled artisans working with apprentices to the factory system to assembly lines to automation, the manufacturing industry has certainly evolved. Despite this evolution, all of these methods are still used today. And that's just one more thing we love about the brands we work with — they employ various manufacturing methods while prioritizing sustainability, happy employees, and close relationships with their suppliers.
Debbie Bean definitely qualifies as a skilled artisan. She works predominantly in traditional lead-work and warm glass. The fact that her pieces are handmade means they take on more of an organic nature, rather than the perfection of factory reproductions. Debbie works with an LA based glass supplier for sourcing - combine all of this and more, and it's no wonder her pieces never disappoint.
Fyrn's Co-Founder Ros Broughton comes from a family that has been designing and making furniture since the early 1900's. Generations of woodworking and manufacturing experience combined with the innovative technology of Fyrn's patented Stemn System create sleek, durable wood products. Throw in sourcing sustainable materials and close relationships with local SF suppliers, and you get the perfect marriage of historic craftsmanship with modern-day manufacturing practices.
BAUX tiles and panels are manufactured at Träullit in Sweden, a family-owned business that was founded by Lennart Rääf 1946. While BAUX utilizes the traditional factory system to create and manufacture their state of the art acoustic products, they have helped the Rääf family's factory grow, and thus their "heritage has become their future." We love it when the founding of one company (BAUX) positively affects multiple industries (construction and manufacturing). 🎉
While gathering intel for this newsletter, RAD reinforced what we already knew: LA has an awesome network of suppliers and local resources. 
As for the actual manufacturing process, they start by sourcing readily available sheet steel normally used for construction projects — no waste there! Then they cut, weld, powder coat, and finish. Okay okay, yes, that's extremely simplified. There is A LOT of skilled work that goes into the manufacturing machine that is RAD, but we can't give away all of their secrets. 😉
bläanks employs a number of manufacturing methods — commercial knitting is no joke! Here we go:
  1. Yarn cones (pictured above) are selected and threaded on to the industrial knitting machine.
  2. Desired pattern gets programmed into the computer of the knitting machine.
  3. Knitting process is overseen by humans! They monitor the knitting process and will stop to adjust the program as needed.
  4. Upon completion, additional yarn is added in order to remove the product from the machine. 
  5. Throw then moves to the hand finishing department to be weighed.
  6. The finishing department weaves the throw's edges for a clean finish.
  7. Product is washed, dried, and then steamed to correct finish measurement.
  8. BOOM! Your custom, commercially knitted throw or pillow is shipped out.



When it comes to digital manufacturing, Gantri has it  d o w n. First, they manufacture their sustainable material, Gantri Plant Polymers. Then, they 3D print all of their products in California in their factory. Happy, skilled humans sand down each UL listed part and finish with either water based paint, or a translucent blend, to prevent yellowing. Every part is reviewed at least 5 times during the production process to ensure quality. Then, all parts are assembled and packaged, and voila! We'll take one of each, please!  

Fun fact: Dancer, their 3D printer (pictured above), was designed, engineered and built in-house specifically to manufacture Gantri products.


Shift designs their products so that they can be produced in most metalworking facilities across the US - this means that their products can be produced locally for a project, reducing their carbon footprint AND supporting local shops. Parts are laser cut from standardized recycled aluminum sheet material, and once the aluminum has been formed into a product by very precise machinery, welders smooth any connections and finish the aluminum before parts are packed and shipped to the customer. Manufacturing process in a nutshell: sustainable and streamlined. ✅

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