Mike Korsak ~ Designer and Maker of Fine Studio Furniture in Pittsburgh, PA

Why do people choose to surround themselves with handmade objects? The reasons vary, but I believe the underlying reason is that handmade objects reveal something about who we are as individuals. The act of purchasing handmade objects is a conscious decision that represents values that are important to us as individuals, such as an appreciation for craft, community, respect for the environment and support for local economies.

It also says that we value uniqueness, which I see as an extension of our desire to express our own individuality.

Handmade furniture, when created by someone who approaches the process of furniture making with... (more)


Take your concept drawings and reference materials to these factories. They will assist in refining your concept and thinking through the components involved in the Making Process.


A drafting specialist will create a blueprint of your idea using computer aided design (CAD) software. They make sure your design will be well-constructed.


Material suppliers will provide you with the raw materials and components of your end product.


Sample makers will assemble the first end product prototypes.