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More people are interested in buying locally made products than ever before. You can capitalize on many consumers’ return to local shopping by emphasizing that all components of your furniture are made in the United States, or in your town or area. The same applies to handmade goods. Individuals who are tired of mass-produced goods are often the same people who are interested in buying locally. Given this climate, it is a good time to start a handmade furniture business.

Impressive modernist home built into the cliffs of Spain wants $7.1M

The home was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Bonet Castellana.

A design by Catalan architect Antoni Bonet Castellana

A home by catalan architect Antoni Bonet Castellana, perhaps best known for designing the iconic B.K.F butterfly chair with Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy, is on the market in the seaside city of Calella, Spain.

Perched above and into a rocky outcrop, the modernist residence, which WowHaus dates back to the 1970s, features a semi-circular design marked by strong concrete cantilevering volumes with arches carved into them that appear to fan out toward the water.

These arches continue inside, where they manifest as a series of vaulted ceilings in the main open-plan living space, which encompasses three separate seating areas and a dining space partitioned by a partial wall, all arranged to face walls of glass and clerestory windows that frame magnificent coastal views.

There are seven bedrooms that are located on the lower level of the impressive house and seem to be embedded into the earth. Each one boasts sliding glass doors framed by geometric cutouts into the thick stone exterior wall that, of course, open onto sea views.

A delightfully retro kitchen with what appears to be original tiling and cabinets, seven...


The home was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Bonet Castellana.

A design by Catalan architect Antoni Bonet Castellana

A home by catalan architect Antoni Bonet Castellana, perhaps best known for designing the iconic B.K.F butterfly chair with Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy, is on the market in the seaside city of Calella, Spain.

Perched above and into a rocky outcrop, the modernist residence, which WowHaus dates back to the 1970s, features a semi-circular design marked by strong concrete cantilevering volumes with arches carved into them that appear to fan out toward the water.

These arches continue inside, where they manifest as a series of vaulted ceilings in the main open-plan living space, which encompasses three separate seating areas and a dining space partitioned by a partial wall, all arranged to face walls of glass and clerestory windows that frame magnificent coastal views.

There are seven bedrooms that are located on the lower level of the impressive house and seem to be embedded into the earth. Each one boasts sliding glass doors framed by geometric cutouts into the thick stone exterior wall that, of course, open onto sea views.

A delightfully retro kitchen with what appears to be original tiling and cabinets, seven bathrooms (a mix of water closets, shower rooms, and full baths) that also follow a similar color scheme of orange and red tiles, as well as many more store rooms and the like round out the interiors, which are rather simple—with tiled flooring and stucco walls—and measure 767 square meters, or 8,256 square feet.

The grounds are equally stunning, with gardens, lawns, a rooftop pool, stone walls, and trees, just to name a few. It’s offered at 5.8 million euros, or about $7.1 million.

Via Finques Frigola (h/t WowHaus)

The home was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Bonet Castellana.

A design by Catalan architect Antoni Bonet Castellana

A home by catalan architect Antoni Bonet Castellana, perhaps best known for designing the iconic B.K.F butterfly chair with Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy, is on the market in the seaside city of Calella, Spain.

Perched above and into a rocky outcrop, the modernist residence, which WowHaus dates back to the 1970s, features a semi-circular design marked by strong concrete cantilevering volumes with arches carved into them that appear to fan out toward the water.

These arches continue inside, where they manifest as a series of vaulted ceilings in the main open-plan living space, which encompasses three separate seating areas and a dining space partitioned by a partial wall, all arranged to face walls of glass and clerestory windows that frame magnificent coastal views.

There are seven bedrooms that are located on the lower level of the impressive house and seem to be embedded into the earth. Each one boasts sliding glass doors framed by geometric cutouts into the thick stone exterior wall that, of course, open onto sea views.

A delightfully retro kitchen with what appears to be original tiling and cabinets, seven bathrooms (a mix of water closets, shower rooms, and full baths) that also follow a similar color scheme of orange and red tiles, as well as many more store rooms and the like round out the interiors, which are rather simple—with tiled flooring and stucco walls—and measure 767 square meters, or 8,256 square feet.

The grounds are equally stunning, with gardens, lawns, a rooftop pool, stone walls, and trees, just to name a few. It’s offered at 5.8 million euros, or about $7.1 million.

Via Finques Frigola (h/t WowHaus)


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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.