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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.

You can walk on the roof of this sloping brick library in India

Go ahead, walk right over it

From a house whose roof is made from seaweed and driftwood, to a town hall that serves as a physical bridge over a river, there is no shortage of buildings that are designed to blend into their surroundings. This school library in India is continuing the tradition with a sloping shape that merges with the ground.

Mumbai-based architecture firm sP+a designed a library for a school in Kopargaon, in the state of Maharashtra, to fit into a narrow space between the school’s existing buildings. The result is a vaulted brick structure that rises into a mound-like extension of the ground that people can walk over.

The architects say they arrived at the library’s final form through a combination of low-tech and high-tech processes. The arched shape is inspired by 16th-century Catalan tile vaults that were popularized by the 19th-century Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino. The vault’s actual shape was created with a special rhinoVAULT plug-in that allows the library’s arched shape to rely on pure compression.

Interior of library with concrete floorsEdmund Sumner via Designboom
Inside of school with concrete floorEdmund Sumner via Designboom
People walking on roof of buildingEdmund Sumner via Designboom

Via: Designboom


Go ahead, walk right over it

From a house whose roof is made from seaweed and driftwood, to a town hall that serves as a physical bridge over a river, there is no shortage of buildings that are designed to blend into their surroundings. This school library in India is continuing the tradition with a sloping shape that merges with the ground.

Mumbai-based architecture firm sP+a designed a library for a school in Kopargaon, in the state of Maharashtra, to fit into a narrow space between the school’s existing buildings. The result is a vaulted brick structure that rises into a mound-like extension of the ground that people can walk over.

The architects say they arrived at the library’s final form through a combination of low-tech and high-tech processes. The arched shape is inspired by 16th-century Catalan tile vaults that were popularized by the 19th-century Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino. The vault’s actual shape was created with a special rhinoVAULT plug-in that allows the library’s arched shape to rely on pure compression.

Interior of library with concrete floorsEdmund Sumner via Designboom
Inside of school with concrete floorEdmund Sumner via Designboom
People walking on roof of buildingEdmund Sumner via Designboom

Via: Designboom

Go ahead, walk right over it

From a house whose roof is made from seaweed and driftwood, to a town hall that serves as a physical bridge over a river, there is no shortage of buildings that are designed to blend into their surroundings. This school library in India is continuing the tradition with a sloping shape that merges with the ground.

Mumbai-based architecture firm sP+a designed a library for a school in Kopargaon, in the state of Maharashtra, to fit into a narrow space between the school’s existing buildings. The result is a vaulted brick structure that rises into a mound-like extension of the ground that people can walk over.

The architects say they arrived at the library’s final form through a combination of low-tech and high-tech processes. The arched shape is inspired by 16th-century Catalan tile vaults that were popularized by the 19th-century Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino. The vault’s actual shape was created with a special rhinoVAULT plug-in that allows the library’s arched shape to rely on pure compression.

Interior of library with concrete floorsEdmund Sumner via Designboom
Inside of school with concrete floorEdmund Sumner via Designboom
People walking on roof of buildingEdmund Sumner 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.