We recently came across this new alternative to the traditional furniture store based in Brooklyn, NYC, and knew in an instant that we had found a kindred spirit in WorkOf. Offering a marketplace for original furniture, lighting and homewares designed and made by independent local makers, the WorkOf collection showcases the very best in quality craftsmanship from skilled designers and artisans.

Much like the designers that they showcase, the values of WorkOf are clear and simple: “Find beauty in simplicity, embrace the unique, the locally sourced and the well made, while creating meaningful connections between skilled makers and conscientious buyers.”

What began as an apartment installation of furniture, lighting and home décor at this year’s New York Design Week has flourished into a finely tuned online store featuring over 30 NYC-based makers. For founders Charlie Miner and John Neamonitis it’s all about inspiring a sense of community, “It’s in the power of collaboration and bringing people with common goals together. We’ve seen firsthand the relationships and camaraderie that is established among makers at design shows, in shared workshops and in local neighbourhoods.”

A sense of community may be first and foremost for the founders but luckily for us WorkOf is also a place where designs from a bespoke wallpaper atelier – reminiscent of ombre dawn horizons – meet with geometric pendants or perfectly executed wall lamps that transcend colour trends. The work here clearly prefers to let simple materials and good design speak, the common goal certainly does shine through.

This is a treasure trove of minimalist and fresh untapped talent true to itself and diverse enough to keep you coming back for more inspiration. Needless to say it hit a chord when we found this well curated collection of work. For us the WorkOf  collection hits that elegant, functional and locally sourced nail smack bang on the head.

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Kawa Small Bowl by Souda, Work Lamp by Workstead

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Brass Dome Wall Lamp by Allied Maker

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Maple Sofa by Farrah Sit & Rebecca Atwood

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Beam Sofa by Shimna and Facet Coffee Table by James Delvin Studio

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Rustic Camping Stools by Bruce Raubenheimer

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A curation of the independent NYC designers. Gotham Desk by Saw, Noir Chair by Farrah Sit and Kawa Vases by Souda.

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Hand painted cushions by textile designer Rebecca Atwood

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Where it all began, Work Of Apartment Installation as part of New York Design Week 2014.

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