Locally-Grown Furniture: Meyer Wells

Locally-Grown Furniture: Meyer Wells

Stephanie Kinnear
Nov 14, 2008

When we talk about buying locally -- usually the word "local" indicates that the product was grown or built within a reasonable distance of your home. The problem is, we tend to waver on the definition of "reasonable." Is reasonable 25 miles? 50? 100?

What if you could buy a table that was made out of a tree that used to shade your neighbor's house? Could you get much more local than that?

We've got our eyes on Meyer Wells, a Seattle-based furniture company that builds beautiful dining tables, feature walls, and coffee and bedside tables from salvaged urban trees. They operate on a super local level: 99% of their materials come from within a 10-mile radius.

John Wells and Seth Meyer, the brains behind the operation, are committed to running a sustainable business. They use super low-VOC glues and finishes, pay their employees a decent salary, and provide health benefits.

Meyer Wells have a number of pieces available in their current collection, while also producing commissioned pieces for businesses and individuals.

Currently, we're making our way through the photo gallery of their custom commercial pieces.

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