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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.

Final OMA-designed Fondazione Prada tower in Milan opens to the public

The nine-story white tower recently opened to the public

Masterminded by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas’s studio Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Milan’s Fondazione Prada—an arts and culture institute from the Italian fashion house—opened in 2015 with seven renovated distillery buildings including a theater and gallery, a gold-leaf-covered pavilion, mirrored facade, and an ultra ‘grammable cafe designed by Wes Anderson.

This month, this many-surfaced “orgy of architecture” is finally complete with the debut of a white nine-story tower poised to become a new Milanese landmark. The building, named “Torre” (tower in Italian), just opened to the public during this year’s Salone del Mobile.

From certain views, the tower appears as a single rectangular volume. But moving to a new vantage point reveals two geometric voids cut deep into the structure, as well as a sort of sloped steel-and-concrete buttress angling up to meet the back of the building.

“By introducing numerous spatial variables, the complexity of the architectural project contributes to the development of an open and constantly evolving...


The nine-story white tower recently opened to the public

Masterminded by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas’s studio Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Milan’s Fondazione Prada—an arts and culture institute from the Italian fashion house—opened in 2015 with seven renovated distillery buildings including a theater and gallery, a gold-leaf-covered pavilion, mirrored facade, and an ultra ‘grammable cafe designed by Wes Anderson.

This month, this many-surfaced “orgy of architecture” is finally complete with the debut of a white nine-story tower poised to become a new Milanese landmark. The building, named “Torre” (tower in Italian), just opened to the public during this year’s Salone del Mobile.

From certain views, the tower appears as a single rectangular volume. But moving to a new vantage point reveals two geometric voids cut deep into the structure, as well as a sort of sloped steel-and-concrete buttress angling up to meet the back of the building.

“By introducing numerous spatial variables, the complexity of the architectural project contributes to the development of an open and constantly evolving cultural programming,” explained Koolhaas.

Dedicated to housing Prada’s collection of 20th and 21st century artworks, the tower’s nine floors include more than 21,000 square feet of exhibition space—with room to display enormous paintings and large installations.

The exhibition, “Atlas”, at Torre.
Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti via Designboom
Interior of Torre.
Photo by Ugo Dalla Porta via Designboom

Via: Designboom

The nine-story white tower recently opened to the public

Masterminded by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas’s studio Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Milan’s Fondazione Prada—an arts and culture institute from the Italian fashion house—opened in 2015 with seven renovated distillery buildings including a theater and gallery, a gold-leaf-covered pavilion, mirrored facade, and an ultra ‘grammable cafe designed by Wes Anderson.

This month, this many-surfaced “orgy of architecture” is finally complete with the debut of a white nine-story tower poised to become a new Milanese landmark. The building, named “Torre” (tower in Italian), just opened to the public during this year’s Salone del Mobile.

From certain views, the tower appears as a single rectangular volume. But moving to a new vantage point reveals two geometric voids cut deep into the structure, as well as a sort of sloped steel-and-concrete buttress angling up to meet the back of the building.

“By introducing numerous spatial variables, the complexity of the architectural project contributes to the development of an open and constantly evolving cultural programming,” explained Koolhaas.

Dedicated to housing Prada’s collection of 20th and 21st century artworks, the tower’s nine floors include more than 21,000 square feet of exhibition space—with room to display enormous paintings and large installations.

The exhibition, “Atlas”, at Torre.
Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti via Designboom
Interior of Torre.
Photo by Ugo Dalla Porta via Designboom

Via: Designboom


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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.