Atelier Espenaer is an Amsterdam-based woodworking atelier dedicated to artisanship, individuality, and environmentalism.
Atelier Espenaer designs and crafts exclusive furniture pieces for its own collection and for private customers and businesses as part of its bespoke service. In addition, it develops and offers courses in artisanal woodworking.
Atelier Espenaer is inspired by an alternative economic narrative that values simple, slow, small, and sustainable entrepreneurship. Read more about this in the manifesto.
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Artisanship is a way of production that offers utility without compromising on the human element. It relies on specialized knowledge, skill, and creativity to bring quality, refinement, and ingenuity to customers. It values the well-being and freedom of the maker and favors straight, fair, and personal relations with customers.
Each furniture piece in Atelier Espenaer is crafted by a skilled artisanal furniture maker. Every work is made on a one-off basis, so there is no mass or batch production. The atelier specializes in the use of wood joints and showcases these joints in its designs.
Individuality is about recognizing that each one of us is a unique individual being with its own peculiar interests and needs. Atelier Espenaer has made it its goal to address this uniqueness in its customers and to imbue a sense of belonging and exclusivity to the pieces it makes.
The atelier prefers personal dialogue over one-way mass communication and adapts is services to the preferences and needs of its customers. ‘Individuality’ also applies to the works of Atelier Espenaer; the pieces are literally one of a kind; we not only make just one of each, but also ensure it is unique in design.
Sustainability is the cause for a balanced relationship between humans and their natural surroundings. It is about protecting the environment from harmful human activities and to restore earlier inflicted damages. It is also about embedding economic activity in its ecological surroundings, so that we may build a high quality of life that is sustainable in the long-term.
Atelier Espenaer solely relies on sustainable timber sources and highly prefers salvaged and reclaimed wood. Its furniture pieces do not follow capricious trends and hypes, but have timeless designs that will remain in vogue for decades. Thanks to the craftsmanship in Espenaer’s work, the furniture pieces are of such a high quality that they will last generations.
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