Columbus may be hot on the international fashion scene with its rank of third behind the design-oriented cities of New York and Los Angeles, but all of that creative energy is spilling over into other disciplines, as well.
There's a lot going on in the furniture sector as two local entities have recently expanded.
T.Y. Fine Furniture, a furniture maker that uses only Ohio-sourced wood, has moved from its humble Merion Village roots to a 7,000-square-foot facility at 4555 N. High St. in Clintonville. This will allow the company to expand its inventory of handmade furniture, as well as organic and hypo-allergenic products.
“Not only will our new store have a larger showroom, our team of talented craftsmen will enjoy an expanded workshop for building our unique line of wood furnishings,” says Tarik Yousef, the owner and namesake of T.Y. Fine Furniture. Yousef, whose background is in mechanical engineering, is intimately involved in the design and construction of the unique wood pieces handcrafted by his team.
The new location, originally erected in the 1950s, once housed the Clintonville library. The company hopes to honor the significance of its new shop's architecture by seeking to have it listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.
Meanwhile, Elm & Iron has opened its second store in Columbus, this one in a long-awaited location, at 4170 Easton Gateway Drive, near Z Gallerie. Elm & Iron launched in Columbus in 2012 and since has also opened two Cincinnati locations.
Focused on uniquely fabricated pieces, the Easton location makes good use of a vintage travel trailer as an in-store prop, custom crafted wood and iron chandeliers, updated vintage furnishings, pillows and tea towels featuring clever verses, and other such home adornments.