In the late 1800′s furniture was heavily influenced by the Victorian period. Details and curves created intricate looks and patterns. Much of the furniture was being mass produced in new furniture factories. William Morris, Gustav Stickley, the Shakers, and others began a movement to return to the craftsmanship of a simple clean design they called Mission, Craftsman, Arts and Craft, and Prarie styles. Today furniture is engineered with compressed woods and vaneers, cut by computer operated equipment, leaving out the role of the craftsman. We find ourselves where William Morris and other found themselves a century ago. We have chosen to return as they did to the craftsman and to a simple and clean design.
The Custom Cottage is an american small business created to return solid furniture manufacturing back to our country. We make our furniture from Michigan maple trees that are milled in Michigan, kiln dried to “furniture grade” in Michigan, built and finished in Michigan. Your investment in our furniture is an investment in our state, our country, but most importantly our citizens.
What is Custom Cottage furniture?
1. Our furniture is custom - it is handmade for you.
A few weeks after you place your order, one of our craftsman builders will begin selecting your wood to personally build your furniture. Finally one of our craftsman finishers will take what was built and apply the finish you selected. As a result, each piece of furniture is unique.
2. Our furniture is cottage - it has imperfections.
There are many styles of cottage furniture. What they have in common is the handmade look where imperfections in the wood and the workmanship or just time has seasoned and added to character of the piece of furniture.
3. Our furniture is redemptive - it reflects a second chance.
Every craftsman is a work in progress. None of us are perfect and we all deserve many second chances. Whether it is a new start in the workplace or in life, our craftsman know what it is like to appreciate that second chance.
4. We credit the Lord.
God is in charge of our marketing, our skills and talents, our designs – the whole thing. He is our CEO, CFO, COO and BFF. Our response is to give him the credit and say “thanks”.
The founder and designer, Coleman Moore is a business entrepreneur that started a variety of business, and a pastor that helped launch a number of churches. The Custom Cottage is a combination of his passion for creating something out of nothing, and his passion for his Lord and Savior.
The Custom Cottage Workshop and Showroom
1642 Broadway Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Showroom and Workshop Hours
Monday – Saturday 9-5