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Well Built, Washington, DC

Well Built, a new DC furniture shop focused on sustainable, modern furniture.  Loving their dedication to helping people realize that great design can be responsible to the environment.  Check out some from of my favorites.

Hepburn Bed

WD3 Desk

Double Octopus Pendant Also available in White

Deer Collection Side Chair

Sonic Classic Wood Clock

Many of the furnishings at Well Built are available in a variety of finishes.  Check out their website by clicking here.

IMAGES from Well Built



Uhuru Design

Founded RISD graduates, Bill Hilgendorf and Jason Horvath, Uhuru Design, started in 2004 and is certainly a young company on the move. This New York based, design/build furniture company is making waves by creating sustainable yet stunning hand crafted pieces of furniture. Uhuru's standard chair (pictured above) is now on display at The Brooklyn Museum of Art in the Luce Center for American Art on the 5th floor along with iconic chairs by Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen, Frank Gehry, George Nelson, and Charles Eames.  All of their pieces possess a certain simplicity and cleverly use materials that might otherwise be overlooked.  Here a few of my favorite pieces.

Fenced In Table                                                                Ohana Bar

Bilge Lounge (this piece would be great in the apartment...hmm)

Moo Bench (love that name)                                      Stoolen

Canopy Bed

Click here to check out the Uhuru for more info on the company and their work.

Images from Uhuru Design


F. Rock - The New It Bag?


F.Rock made its first impression when I spotted a plaid and leather messenger bag in a tent as I was leaving the SOWA antiques market.  I have been on the hunt  to replace my old Jack Spade bag.  Upon taking a closer look, I was struck by the beautiful bags.  And after speaking with owner and designer, Nicolé, I understand why.  Nicolé is a passionate woman and I could tell that she infuses a large part of herself into her work.  F.Rock, is Boston based and emerged from Nicolé’s desire to create stylish, eco-friendly bags for the guy on the go.  The custom carryalls blend traditional and urban style flawlessy.  The design is simple and masculine which appeals to me as my Jack Spade 2 has been glued to me since Jack Spade 1 was stolen 2 years ago.  Named after Boston streets and landmarks, F.Rock designs vary in size and utility from the Brattle, perfect for a day on the town to the Harrison, more substantial, taking you from week to weekend with tons of flexibility.  You can choose from an assortment of 100% recycled fabrics and leathers as well as the hardware which is sourced locally.  F.Rock goes farther than most when it comes to sustainability.   “2% of each F. Rock purchase goes directly to environmental initiatives and leadership programs benefiting urban youth in Massachusetts,” according to the website.  F. Rock believes in 360 degree production, so all of the bags are “Locally made, sustainable, stylish, and give back to community.”  They had me the moment I saw the bags in the tent but it certainly makes me feel better that this company really cares.   So out with my Jack Spade, it is time for F. Rock!  The company also has functionally designed wallets and laptop cases in the fabrics and leathers available for their bags, hmmm…it may be time to replace that Ralph Lauren wallet as well.

Franklin_cream_whiskeyhbplaidSo here is what I am thinking  for my bag: My Jack Spade is well huge and is perfect for carrying everything but I want to get away from the bulky look…I think it is time for something slim.  I love the Franklin shown in the whiskey cream herringbone plaid with the medium brown leather.  I am not crazy about gold hardware but it works on this bag.  I saw this one on the site but the designer in me wants to design my own.  I could play on their website for hours changing leathers, fabrics, and hardware – they’ve made it quite easy.  Here are some combinations I like…what do you think?


Definitely check out F.Rock,  Also at the SoWa Sundays Bazaar and online at And F.Rock is coming to stores near you, including Motley and Mr. Sid.  Nicolé mentioned that they have received so many orders that it will take at least 4 weeks to get your bag, so get moving.