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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.

Glorious golden egg sauna is finally hatching in the U.S.

Abisko, Sweden.

Solar egg is on a roll—and it’s just arrived in Minneapolis

Imagine sitting in a sauna...that’s inside a giant golden egg? It all sounds like something straight out of a children’s book, but this Solar Egg sauna, created in Kiruna, Sweden—the northernmost town in the country—is real, and has been providing residents with a nesting place to warm up in the cold climate.

Designed by Swedish artist duo Bigert & Bergström for real estate company Riksbyggen, “Solar Egg” is more than just about being a sauna. It also doubles as a meeting place for residents to discuss the changes that are affecting their town. Per a press release, “The egg shape seeks to symbolize rebirth and new opportunities at the start of Kiruna’s urban transformation, a project that involves the relocation of entire city districts in response to ground subsidence caused by decades of iron ore mining.”

The sauna’s facade is covered in faceted gold mirrors, which reflect and fragment its surroundings and represent the many complexities surrounding issues of climate change. On the inside, walls are clad in honeycomb wood panels, and a large wood-heated and heart-shaped sauna stove takes center stage, heating the...


Abisko, Sweden.

Solar egg is on a roll—and it’s just arrived in Minneapolis

Imagine sitting in a sauna...that’s inside a giant golden egg? It all sounds like something straight out of a children’s book, but this Solar Egg sauna, created in Kiruna, Sweden—the northernmost town in the country—is real, and has been providing residents with a nesting place to warm up in the cold climate.

Designed by Swedish artist duo Bigert & Bergström for real estate company Riksbyggen, “Solar Egg” is more than just about being a sauna. It also doubles as a meeting place for residents to discuss the changes that are affecting their town. Per a press release, “The egg shape seeks to symbolize rebirth and new opportunities at the start of Kiruna’s urban transformation, a project that involves the relocation of entire city districts in response to ground subsidence caused by decades of iron ore mining.”

The sauna’s facade is covered in faceted gold mirrors, which reflect and fragment its surroundings and represent the many complexities surrounding issues of climate change. On the inside, walls are clad in honeycomb wood panels, and a large wood-heated and heart-shaped sauna stove takes center stage, heating the sauna up to temperatures between 75° and 85° C (167° F to 185° F).

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It’s here and it’s hatched! The Solar Egg sculpture and sauna is installed in ASI’s sunny and snowy courtyard and ready for its official U.S debut during tonight’s Eggstravaganza event. #solaregg #americanswedishinstitute #bigertandbergstrom #onlyinmn #captureminneapolis #publicsculpture #sauna #solareggsauna #artinstallation #swedishartists #swedishdesign #sculpture #goldenegg #minnstagram

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The project, which has won a Red Dot Award for “Design Concept” has traveled around Europe, including Paris in 2017 as part of the Swedish Design Moves Paris initiative. But this week, the golden egg sauna is touching down in stateside for the first time, hatching at the courtyard of the American Swedish Institute in downtown Minneapolis through April 28. Better yet: Visitors can book an book “full sauna bath experience” via the museum on select days.

 Photo: Riksbyggen
Assembling the 69 golden plates of the Solar Egg at the American Swedish Institute this week, a process that takes 1,512 bolts and four to five days.
 Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Copenhagen, Denmark.
 Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Paris, France.
 Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Interior.
 Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Interior.
golden egg saunaPhoto: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Kiruna, Sweden.
Abisko, Sweden.

Solar egg is on a roll—and it’s just arrived in Minneapolis

Imagine sitting in a sauna...that’s inside a giant golden egg? It all sounds like something straight out of a children’s book, but this Solar Egg sauna, created in Kiruna, Sweden—the northernmost town in the country—is real, and has been providing residents with a nesting place to warm up in the cold climate.

Designed by Swedish artist duo Bigert & Bergström for real estate company Riksbyggen, “Solar Egg” is more than just about being a sauna. It also doubles as a meeting place for residents to discuss the changes that are affecting their town. Per a press release, “The egg shape seeks to symbolize rebirth and new opportunities at the start of Kiruna’s urban transformation, a project that involves the relocation of entire city districts in response to ground subsidence caused by decades of iron ore mining.”

The sauna’s facade is covered in faceted gold mirrors, which reflect and fragment its surroundings and represent the many complexities surrounding issues of climate change. On the inside, walls are clad in honeycomb wood panels, and a large wood-heated and heart-shaped sauna stove takes center stage, heating the sauna up to temperatures between 75° and 85° C (167° F to 185° F).

View this post on Instagram

It’s here and it’s hatched! The Solar Egg sculpture and sauna is installed in ASI’s sunny and snowy courtyard and ready for its official U.S debut during tonight’s Eggstravaganza event. #solaregg #americanswedishinstitute #bigertandbergstrom #onlyinmn #captureminneapolis #publicsculpture #sauna #solareggsauna #artinstallation #swedishartists #swedishdesign #sculpture #goldenegg #minnstagram

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The project, which has won a Red Dot Award for “Design Concept” has traveled around Europe, including Paris in 2017 as part of the Swedish Design Moves Paris initiative. But this week, the golden egg sauna is touching down in stateside for the first time, hatching at the courtyard of the American Swedish Institute in downtown Minneapolis through April 28. Better yet: Visitors can book an book “full sauna bath experience” via the museum on select days.

 Photo: Riksbyggen
Assembling the 69 golden plates of the Solar Egg at the American Swedish Institute this week, a process that takes 1,512 bolts and four to five days.
 Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Copenhagen, Denmark.
 Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Paris, France.
 Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Interior.
 Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Interior.
golden egg saunaPhoto: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Kiruna, Sweden.

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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.