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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.

Could we live in these floating cities in the future?

Recently unveiled by Bjarke Ingels Group, Oceanix City is a floating city concept designed to mitigate rising sea levels

Between floating harbor pools and resilient coastlines, Bjarke Ingels’s firm BIG knows a thing or two about designing for rising sea levels. Now, the Danish studio is working with a floating cities non-profit called Oceanix and the MIT Center for Ocean Engineering on an even more ambitious project.

Recently unveiled at a UN-Habitat roundtable, Oceanix City is a futuristic concept for a floating city that the team believes could be the future of sustainable living. By some estimate, 90 percent of the world’s largest cities will be exposed to rising sea levels—Oceanix City is designed to exist off the coast of those metropolises as a resilient alternative.

Renderings of families walking on path by waterImage courtesy of BIG
Boats moving towards floating islandsImage courtesy of BIG

Oceanix City comprises discrete floating communities that can expand, contract, and combine to form ever-evolving, scalable cities. Each prefabricated hexagonal island is 4.5 acres and is large enough to house 300 people. Combine six of those islands and you’ve got a village; combine six of those villages and you’ve got a small city of 10,000. “The additive...


Recently unveiled by Bjarke Ingels Group, Oceanix City is a floating city concept designed to mitigate rising sea levels

Between floating harbor pools and resilient coastlines, Bjarke Ingels’s firm BIG knows a thing or two about designing for rising sea levels. Now, the Danish studio is working with a floating cities non-profit called Oceanix and the MIT Center for Ocean Engineering on an even more ambitious project.

Recently unveiled at a UN-Habitat roundtable, Oceanix City is a futuristic concept for a floating city that the team believes could be the future of sustainable living. By some estimate, 90 percent of the world’s largest cities will be exposed to rising sea levels—Oceanix City is designed to exist off the coast of those metropolises as a resilient alternative.

Renderings of families walking on path by waterImage courtesy of BIG
Boats moving towards floating islandsImage courtesy of BIG

Oceanix City comprises discrete floating communities that can expand, contract, and combine to form ever-evolving, scalable cities. Each prefabricated hexagonal island is 4.5 acres and is large enough to house 300 people. Combine six of those islands and you’ve got a village; combine six of those villages and you’ve got a small city of 10,000. “The additive architecture can grow, transform and adapt organically over time,” says Ingels.

Rendering of human in gardenImage courtesy of BIG

The modular villages cluster around a central protected port and have their own specialized communal purpose, whether it’s shopping or healthcare, that will encourage co-mingling across the villages. Residents can travel to different land masses by foot, boat, or electric car, but each island is designed to grow its own food and purify its own water.

Aerial rendering of islandsImage courtesy of BIG

It’s an idealistic vision of the future, in which people, banished from their homeland by floodwaters, have established an egalitarian and self-sufficient place to live. It’s utopian and dystopian at the same time, like a well-designed Waterworld that someday might be reality instead of fiction.

Recently unveiled by Bjarke Ingels Group, Oceanix City is a floating city concept designed to mitigate rising sea levels

Between floating harbor pools and resilient coastlines, Bjarke Ingels’s firm BIG knows a thing or two about designing for rising sea levels. Now, the Danish studio is working with a floating cities non-profit called Oceanix and the MIT Center for Ocean Engineering on an even more ambitious project.

Recently unveiled at a UN-Habitat roundtable, Oceanix City is a futuristic concept for a floating city that the team believes could be the future of sustainable living. By some estimate, 90 percent of the world’s largest cities will be exposed to rising sea levels—Oceanix City is designed to exist off the coast of those metropolises as a resilient alternative.

Renderings of families walking on path by waterImage courtesy of BIG
Boats moving towards floating islandsImage courtesy of BIG

Oceanix City comprises discrete floating communities that can expand, contract, and combine to form ever-evolving, scalable cities. Each prefabricated hexagonal island is 4.5 acres and is large enough to house 300 people. Combine six of those islands and you’ve got a village; combine six of those villages and you’ve got a small city of 10,000. “The additive architecture can grow, transform and adapt organically over time,” says Ingels.

Rendering of human in gardenImage courtesy of BIG

The modular villages cluster around a central protected port and have their own specialized communal purpose, whether it’s shopping or healthcare, that will encourage co-mingling across the villages. Residents can travel to different land masses by foot, boat, or electric car, but each island is designed to grow its own food and purify its own water.

Aerial rendering of islandsImage courtesy of BIG

It’s an idealistic vision of the future, in which people, banished from their homeland by floodwaters, have established an egalitarian and self-sufficient place to live. It’s utopian and dystopian at the same time, like a well-designed Waterworld that someday might be reality instead of fiction.


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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.