The finished product is only part of the story!
Get behind the scenes of our favorite design collectives and studios for an exclusive glimpse into craft production.
You'll witness a network of creative thinkers working to make useless into useful and transform trash into treasure.
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Founder Ruth True says, "We opened at the downswing of the recession with a focus on artisans working to preserve traditional craft and expand design in innovative ways. Directly supporting artisans from our own backyard (and a bigger national neighborhood!) also gives our customers access to unique and special pieces that they wouldn't have access to otherwise, imbued with a lot of local character, that creates an unusual shopping experience. It turns objects into stories."
Founders Seth Grizzle, Jonathan Junker, Alan Marrero, and their team of creatives continue to change the way we look at scrap.
"I think there is often a hesitance to put your ideas out in the open and really share your ideas, but something we try to maintain in our environment is to get your ideas out there and see how they grow."
"Be relentless about exploring a material and what you can turn it into, and at the end of that product's life, hopefully it can be turned into something new and useful."
Founder Eli Reich and local manufacturers like REI team up on this great green idea.
"At Alchemy Goods, we subscribe to the philosophy of turning 'useless into useful.' We see junk not as a challenge but an opportunity to make innovative products and using cradle-to-cradle design philosophies."
"Since 2006, REI has donated over 15,000 recycled bike tubes from their bikes shops to Alchemy Goods—8,600 pounds of rubber—diverted from landfills and finding new life in these amazing bags."
Designer Adrienne Antonson talks about inspiration and process for her very first exclusive collection at NuBe back in 2010, from her (then) home/alpaca farm on Vashon Island. Her farm to hanger ethic has taken her across the country, but is still connected to the Pacific Northwest, where STATE started as NUBE SEATTLE. We also get a look at her most recent STATE collection for NuBe Green in this video lookbook for Fall 2012.
Founders Noah Kriegsmann and Conan Storlie talk about their process and their work, which marries salvaged wood and scrap steel into singular works that define living and work spaces. We also get a peek behind-the-scenes at their Seattle wood/metal shop.
"We're trying to fabricate things that tell a story, that have a history; things that 'stay.'"
"We will bring very refined and beautiful discarded material into a new development and accentuate the reality of what 'was.'"
CEO Tim Andis gives us the skinny on this All-American wonder, the only 100% U.S. Made recycled aluminum water bottle. We love his enthusiasm for recycling!
"We have a sustainable zero-waste manufacturing facility: no solid-waste, no water-waste, no air-waste. We produce our bottle out of a recycle material and at the end of its life it's recycle-able!"
Designer Alexandra Ferguson gives us a look at her creative process and the impact her work can have on the world (not just in 13 hand-felted letters or less!)
"Antiques that are the most valuable are the ones that were so common, everyday. It's often the really simple things that everybody threw away...I wanted to take those phrases we say and think all day long, and memorialize those (on a pillow.)"
"Thoughts become words, words become actions, actions become habits, habits become destiny."
Foss Manufacturing takes us behind-the-scenes—with materials from Red Hook Brewery (Portsmouth, NH) and processing by Poly Recovery (Portsmouth, NH)—to show us how recycled plastic bottles and PET materials become a brand new fiber. Garbage literally turned into treasure! This awesome profile of three companies working together to keep waste out of landfills and become more sustainable, responsible businesses. ECO-FI fibers are currently featured at NuBe in Alexandra Ferguson pillows and our own in-house pet poufs!
Founders Stefanie Zeldin and Lori Slater give us the inside scoop on how they revolutionized earth-friendly home goods—from recycled materials to sustainable production. in2green gathers cutting scrap from mills across America and refiberize it back into spinnable cotton by color, reducing resources as it does not need to be irrigated or dyed. in2green also partners with third-generation knitters, keeping jobs in the United States.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Founder Isaac Childs shows us his commitment to artisan craftsmanship and high quality product from design, to materials selection, to cutting, to binding and finishing.
Husband and wife design team Peg and Awl creates personal and home accessories from salvaged antiques and hard-wearing classic materials. Each accessory has unique hand-made characteristics that define it as one-of-a-kind.
Handcrafted at their shop on a commercial wharf, Sea Bags accessories and bags are made from recycled sails: built to weather any storm, built to last. Sea Bags were one of the first artisans to be featured at NuBe Green and we love that each piece is inherently one-of-a-kind, rich with its own unique history: a treasured story that lives on past its nautical days!