Joybird Reviews

Joybird Sofa Prices, Durability, Delivery, Pros and Cons

Joybird is an online furniture company that specializes custom-made, hand-crafted home furnishings that meet the unique tastes of its customers. 

Joybird’s mission is to create high-quality, custom furniture at reasonable prices. The brand goes the extra mile with options for you to tailor your item to your exact needs and specifications. The result is a one-of-a-kind piece and a white-glove experience you won’t get with many other companies. 

The furniture is inspired by the mid-century modern movement and designers like Frank Lloyd Wright, Cara Greenburg and Eero Saarinen. It generally revolves around the living room with sofas, sectionals, chairs, tables and storage, but Joybird also has expanded into a range of bedroom, office and outdoor furniture as well. 

If you’re in Brooklyn, Washington D.C. or Chicago, you can go and visit a Joybird showroom in person during regular business days and hours … Read the rest

FUZL Is Redefining How Furniture Is Made + Shipped

FUZL is a new crowdfunded start-up focusing on responsible, sustainable furniture from concept to construction and beyond. Every piece in their flat-packed plywood collection is made with 100% sustainably sourced materials within the UK, using a made-to-order model to cut back on production and transportation costs. The self-assembly bench, chair and table designs have been kept ‘tool free’, with no little parts to keep track of, as well as free of synthetic glue and varnish. Instead of nuts and bolts, they rely on specially designed QIK-Clips™ to hold each piece of furniture together. Yet another resource is saved with online assembly instructions replacing traditional printed pages.

bench detail

Original Bench, Moss Green

By creating well-made furniture that can be refurbished over time, the studio is making their environmental design mark loud and clear. And when it comes to the furniture designs, we know you’ll appreciate the little details FUZL has included – … Read the rest

The 10 Best American-Made Furniture Brands of 2021

If you’re one of the many Americans looking to support local this year, or you’re simply looking for high-quality furniture for your living room, dining room, or other parts of your home, choosing American-made furniture is a great way to go. Made in the USA furniture features high-quality materials and, perhaps most importantly, durability. These pieces are carefully and exquisitely crafted by American furniture makers with an eye for design.

To help steer shoppers who are seeking beautiful new furnishings from an American furniture company, we’ve created this list of the 10 best American-Made furniture brands of 2021. While the list itself is broad, we’ve chosen brands based on category of furniture, high-quality materials, and reasonable pricing.

Our Best American Furniture Brand Picks

  1. Allform
    Allform designs and builds high-quality modular sofas that feature large seats, high-performance fabric, and long-lasting warranties.
  2. Vaughan-Bassett
    Vaughan-Bassett specializes in wood solid and wood veneer pieces made
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Fabien Cappello x Hem: Street-Style Upcycling Inspired Glass Plates

Mexico-based French designer Fabien Cappello has created a special collection of 15 large glass offcut plates for Hem, marking the brand’s fourth limited-edition decorative accessories collection in collaboration with Modern Design Review. The collection is punchy, resourceful, and inspirational, as it showcases the unique results from the process of upcycling and encourages us to rethink how we might use discarded materials.

Cappello, who lived in Mexico City and now resides in Guadalajara, was inspired by the street-style upcycling that was happening throughout the city. Using glass offcut pieces found throughout his workshop, Cappello instinctively creates playful compositions of color and form, highlighting the offcuts as the decorative surface pattern. Each plate is made from layers of colored sheet glass and measures nearly 14” in diameter. The colors selected in the final collection are based on the colors of the raw material available, fueling Cappello’s inventive creativity.

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The Figgy Play Couch Review: Price, Durability, Pros, and Cons

The Figgy couch was born at the heart of cozy, where Shenanigan Kids co-founders Ryan Cocca and David Baron dreamed it up.

They imagined something comfortable and versatile that allowed kids to relax and lounge however they like. Completely customizable and totally comfy, the Figgy is an affordable option for parents who want to let their kids bounce, crash and cuddle up on a durable piece of furniture actually designed for active use.

From imaginative play to prime seats in your home theatre, the Figgy can be configured to serve any purpose kids dream up. They comfortably fit 2-3 children for lots of group fun. Perfect for a playroom, rec room, or in the corner of any living space. 

In this post we’re going to review the Figgy Couch from Shenanigan Kids and give information on pricing, shipping, materials used and more.

The Best Overall Sofas of 2021

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Friday Five With Shantell Martin

Shantell Martin

Photo: Manolo Campion

Shantell Martin is a visual artist best known for her large scale, black-and-white drawings and collaborations with artists and institutions, including Kendrick Lamar, the New York City Ballet, Tiffany & Co., Puma, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Museum of the Moving Image and MoMA. Her current retrospective, NEW/NOW, is on exhibit at The New Britain Museum of Art through April 18, 2021. Shantell is passionate about advocating for Artist’s Rights and championing the work of other artists, while also exploring how art, design and product can work with one another to create accessible everyday experiences. These passions are the foundation and the inspiration behind her new collection, Line by Shantell Martin with The Whitney Shop. Her first art book is currently available in collaboration with HENI publishing, LINES, with text by Katharine Stout and an interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Shantell lives in Jersey City with Read the rest

Make a DIY faux olive tree for less

The faux plant trend is continuing this week (see some of my favorite spring florals here!) with a tutorial even I didn’t think would turn out that great! 😂 I have wanted a tallish plant for the basement for sometime — we do get a good amount of daylight down there, but not enough that I could keep something alive. 
I have real fiddle leaf figs all over our house (see my tips for taking care of fiddles here) so I wanted something different. I started searching fake olive trees instead, but found they are pretty expensive. The best version (with good reviews) I found was $115. 
As I was searching online, I came across tutorials for a fake, do-it-yourself olive tree. Huh. I never even considered it, but it got my mind going. I figured I would take one for the team and try it out —
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DMTV Milkshake: Jasmine Maietta Is Making Space for Style in Sports

This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is Jasmine Maietta, founder and CEO of sports lifestyle brand round21.

Jasmine Maietta is on a mission to remake the sports world. A former basketball player — and branding expert for brands including Peloton, Under Armour and Reebok — Maietta knows sports gear: regulation-orange basketballs, monochrome soccer balls, uninspiring ping pong paddles. With round21, she reimagines all that equipment as blank canvases for exceptional visual talent. The result: a limited-edition mini-backboard redrawn as a galaxy by former tattoo artist Cory Bailey — better known to sneaker cognoscenti as customizer Sierato. A ping pong paddle illustrated with a raised fist and the words “We Will Breathe” by Brazil-born, L.A.-based artist Adhemas Batista. And a basketball created by Maietta herself, in pink, yellow and a multitude of colors representing hope and positivity.

In this episode, we asked Maietta about founding round21, why it took so … Read the rest

Yinka Ilori Turns Discarded Chairs into Sculptural Pieces With a Story

Circular by Design, a monthly column by longtime contributor Katie Treggiden, explores the reuse of waste as a way to keep materials in use and bring the legacy of the linear system full circle.

London-based designer Yinka Ilori draws on his British and Nigerian heritage to tell new stories in contemporary design. He studied Furniture and Product Design at London Metropolitan University and began his practice in 2011, designing and making upcycled furniture. He now also works both on a larger scale, with recent installations such as Happy Street at Nine Elms, The Colour Palace at Dulwich Picture Gallery and Get Up Stand Up at Somerset House, and on a smaller scale, having developed a range of tableware and home accessories. We caught up with him to find out more about his breakthrough collection, If Chairs Could Talk, pieces from which have been exhibited at the … Read the rest

Where I Work: David Weeks 2021

If you’ve been around awhile, you may remember that we featured designer David Weeks in our Where I Work column back in 2012. Almost eight years later we decided it was time to revisit his Brooklyn studio, which has since moved from its previous DUMBO location to new digs in Bed-Stuy. Here, Weeks designs and develops his diverse collection, including lighting, furniture, accessories, and even Cubebot® wooden robot toys. To see what else David Weeks has been up to, we headed to Brooklyn to check out the new studio in this month’s Where I Work.

David Weeks studio

What’s your studio/work environment like?

Appropriately unkempt. While I really appreciate a clean workspace, it’s not really in me. I inevitably start to gain some momentum at the end of the day and have a hard time tidying up. There are two dogs that are on part time retainers. They work alternating days … Read the rest