5 BLACK’S FARMWOOD Michael Black finds wood that’s headed for the scrap heap and reclaims it to make handcrafted furniture and commercial products, from dining tables, cabinets and doors to flooring for Pixar and the walls of Phil Lesh’s Grate Room at Terrapin Crossroads.
Located in San Rafael. blacksfarmwood.com
6 MARIN CUSTOM ME TAL WORKS San Rafael artisan Kevin McConnell uses
copper, zinc and bronze to create one-of-a-kind stove hoods, fireplace faces, countertops,
gazebo roofs and home accessories such as
vases and fountains. His work is as beautiful as
it is unique. marincustomcopper.com
There’s great shopping in
Marin, but some truly standout
pieces — and business models
— are crafted here as well.
Mix a Marin-made tote with
boots sewn in Sausalito and
handmade earrings for a chic
look with local flair.
2 FREDA SALVADOR Best friends Megan Papay and Cristina Palomo
Nelson founded this comfy-meets-cutting-edge line in 2012. The t wo work
out of an office in Sausalito and recently
opened a San Francisco flagship store.
7 MIESNER DESIGN Larkspur furniture designer Alan Miesner began his career as
a woodworker but now deals in metals, combining bronze and aluminum with exotic woods to
craft fun, functional works that attract international collectors (pictured). miesner.com
3 LULU DESIGNS Designed by Marinite Stacy King, the jewelry
combines bead- and wirework to make
wearable art. Look for Lulu pieces in boutiques around the Bay Area and across the
4 TOSS DESIGNS An extensive array of prints sets these totes, travel bags
and accessories apart (pictured). Toss
that bag over your shoulder and head to
the beach. Several Marin locations. toss
Wood and Metal When you’ve moved beyond Ikea and want home furnishings with a distinctive touch, it’s time to find a craftsperson whose work matches your vision. These companies’ wares reflect the passion of their artisan founders.
READERS’ CHOICE NURSERY: SLOAT GARDEN CENTER, VARIOUS LOCATIONS, SLOATGARDENS.COM