American Made | Circle Factory


Living in a modern space speaks to more than simply buying modern-looking furniture. While it could mean vintage Swedish design, it could mean build-it-yourself furniture or it could mean buying American-made products. A focus on buying locally and sustainably is becoming more of a cultural concern, but sometimes it can be a confusing web of green vocabulary. Think all large companies go against the American craftsmen ideal? Think again. Over 90 percent of Room & Board’s furnishing are manufactured in the United States. Katie Lloyd from Room & Board expanded on the company’s devotion to small, family-owned businesses saying, “We seek out companies who share our passion for design and respect for materials. By working directly with the people who make our products, we can offer our customers the best possible price and our long-standing partnerships and close collaboration results in a collection of exclusive furnishings you won’t find anywhere else.”

Circle Factory is one of the companies Room & Board have chosen to work with this season. George Peterson is the owner and designer of a small woodworking studio in western North Carolina. Starting with locally harvested North Carolina hardwoods like white oak, cherry, walnut, maple, locust and hickory George uses chainsaws, hammers, chisels, fire and axes to handcraft one-of-a-kind pieces. After the initial carving of the wood George places the sculptures in a kiln, where the design takes on an identity of its own, warping and cracking. Each piece is then refined with paint, polish and trims. George explains “the adventure and challenge of sculpting lies in focusing on the natural tension and drama I find in the wood, and in contrasting and complimenting that drama with my expressive mark as an artist.” Unique Circle Factory bowls are available through Room & Board.


Factory Large Tall Bowl, $299


Factory Large Low Bowl, $299


Other Circle Factory work.


For more information on George Peterson and Circle Factory visit his website. To purchase Circle Factory works visit your local Room & Board or their website.

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