Thomas Walsh on Nov 21, 2015
So no one reading this doubts that it's an expensive option, but I have long-term habit of buying things I plan will last longer than me. When I first read the description, that this is a tripod floor lamp "done right," it sounded a bit like a Florence Knoll complex, and that's a spot in history no one can touch. But as I looked at options, the shape of the legs the solidity of the hardware, I decided that I'd likely regret any other purchase, so I went for it. The cream shade and red cord are perfect at keeping the lamp lighthearted when the shape of the walnut legs might be too elegant. Once in place and on, I have no doubts. It even plays well with the Miconos on the ceiling of the same room. Sometimes gritting your teeth over a price totally pays off. I have nothing to regret. :)
Modern furniture made right, right here in the USA.
I founded Ample in 2010 around the notion that fresh, approachable, well-made modern furniture can be designed and produced in the United States.
The inspiration for Ample was the number of people I talked to who couldn't find the furniture they wanted. They found themselves bored with the traditional designs at the big stores and discouraged by the prices at the boutique design stores. More than one confessed to ending up at a certain Swedish mega retailer on the premise that if they couldn't find the right piece of furniture, they would spend as little as possible on something to fill the space.
What a shame.
In the middle of the 20th century, America made a lot of furniture. The best of this era was beautiful, practical, well-built, and designed for everyone. You didn’t have to live in an architectural masterpiece or forgo your child’s college tuition to own it. Or put it together yourself from a box of parts.
Since then, a lot of furniture production has moved to other countries, and the term “modern” has become synonymous with cold, uncomfortable, and unaffordable. I hope Ample will play a part in reversing that trend.
Ample products are made in Seattle, Washington with a strong preference for local materials and a deep conviction that furniture can and should be built to last a lifetime - or two.
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Engineer, designer, relentless perfectionist, avid fly-fisherman, fanatic hockey fan, father-to-be. And I run a furniture company, which is the best job I've ever had.
Auburn, WA, United States
This local metal shop fabricates the legs for my coffee tables and side tables. They have some really cool hydraulic benders that help ensure consistency.
Lamp shade manufacturer
New Brunswick, NJ, United States
There aren't too many companies in the US making lamp shades these days. The one I work with is the very best of them. Every shade is built to my specs by hardworking folks who care about quality as much as I do.
Morgan The Stitcher
Seattle, WA, United States
Morgan is a guy in Seattle who sews. He also welds, repairs car wheels, listens to death metal incessantly, and loves his pet fish. He's one of the more interesting people I have met through Ample. And the man can sew.
Mike and Damien (woodworkers)
Seattle, WA, United States
Mike and his assistant Damien are trained furniture makers and the only people in Seattle I trust for woodworking that meets my standards for beauty and quality.
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