Oregon Stories July 11, 2015

Update (7/18 7:30pm): @jamesthomasbyrd is our winner, thanks for entering the contest!

We have highlighted many talented companies, groups and individuals in our Small States series as the artisan subset of American manufacturers has seen a rebirth over the last decade. Not only are there quality goods being handcrafted on a daily basis from Brooklyn to Portland, people are changing their lives around just to pursue a passion of creating beautiful products with their hands.

Erol Chandler is no exception to this movement. After a career that has included two Master’s Degrees, a stint as a middle school science teacher and truck driver, it was time to start a new adventure. At thirty years old and armed with a lifetime of interest in making things by hand, A-Lamp Design was born in Oregon. Now, Erol is taking to Kickstarter to share his skills and bring a little light to everyone’s home.  expand full story

Oregon Stories June 20, 2015

Update (6/27 12:15pm): @cheeyi is our winner, thank you for entering our giveaway.

Earlier this month, Grovemade announced the newest member of its desk collection: the Trackpad Tray. Since then, we’ve had the opportunity to spend some time with the Walnut rendition that wraps Apple’s Magic Trackpad in a beautifully crafted piece of wood. Grovemade has taken extra steps to deliver a one-of-a-kind American made home for one of our favorite Apple accessories.

Head below for all of our thoughts on the Trackpad Tray and to find out how you can win one for yourself. expand full story

Oregon Stories April 25, 2015

Update (5/2 12:00pm): @tweakmedia is our winner, thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway.

As Apple’s lineup continues to grow, more users are finding themselves using one device at home and one on the road. Because of that, we are seeing more home workstations in need of customization.

If you’re like myself, then an external monitor attached to a MacBook Air is the solution to this problem. The struggle of this setup is the height differential between each display. If you’re someone that sits at a desk all day, this is an issue that is certainly noticeable (and annoying!).

Grovemade, a Portland-based company, recently announced its own solution to this problem. Over the last few weeks, we’ve had the opportunity to work with the Walnut Laptop Stand. Head below for more details and to find out how you could win one yourself… expand full story

Oregon Stories January 24, 2015

Update (1/31 9:00am): @ASourAppleTree is our winner, thanks for entering our Small States giveaway.

Small States offers us an opportunity to showcase unique companies that we’ve discovered here in the United States. Telling the story of those who’ve made the conscious decision to create something here rather than there. Today, we bring to you Schoolhouse Electric of Portland, Oregon. A company that has been around for over a decade creating beautiful home goods that remind us of every style over the last 120 years.

From hand-blown lights to meticulously designed clocks, well designed home goods abound from this gem in the Northwest. What was born out of a desire for quality products has become a true American story that Small States is all about.

This is Schoolhouse Electric. expand full story

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