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Featured Shop: Habitables

Jan 9, 2015

by Manuel Barrera

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Manuel, and I design and manufacture original, mid-century-inspired furniture. I work from my home studio in Madrid, and I produce all of my furniture through a network of local workshops. My shop is called Habitables.

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I’ve always liked furniture design, but I didn’t start designing and making my own furniture until a few years ago, when I moved to a new house with my family. We had a hard time finding furniture we liked with the right measurements, so I made the crazy decision to make a go at it; I refreshed my CAD, 3-D and Photoshop knowledge and started producing sketch after sketch of the furniture I envisioned. Soon, I made my first bedside table, and the story goes on from there…

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The main difficulty I faced in the beginning was identifying a workshop that would produce my prototypes at an affordable price. At the time, I still hadn’t discovered Etsy, and I didn’t know what I was going do with the furniture I was making. After visiting a great number of workshops, I started meeting people who believed in my design. Meeting these people and developing relationships with them is how I prefer to do business.

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My favorite thing to design is custom furniture for my clients; it’s very powerful and interesting. I enjoy the process of sending a client sketches and photos of the actual production. I believe the future is in the hands of “manutailers” – manufacturers that become retailers and sell directly to the public. Sites like Etsy connect producers and users seamlessly; they level the playing field and make furniture production sustainable. I can’t compete with Ikea, in terms of price, but I can certainly compete in terms of quality, durability, and above all, exclusivity.

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It’s been more than a year since I opened my shop, and in that time, I’ve been able to quit my job and fully dedicate myself to Habitables. I’ve even hired my first employee – a carpenter who runs production and quality control. My decision to sell on Etsy has been crucial. A year ago, I couldn’t have dreamed of being where I am now. I’m so thankful for the attention we’ve received from Etsy members, and I look forward to developing as a business and as members of this amazing community!

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Mid Century Nightstand with Drawer in Walnut and Carrara marble top
Mid Century Nightstand with Drawer in Walnut and Carrara marble top
Habitables
$662.44 USD
Coffee table, round table , side table ,  made of solid Walnut board
Coffee table, round table , side table , made of solid Walnut board
Habitables
$368.02 USD
Oak wood bedside table, nightstand , Mid Century Modern, Retro Scandinavian, 2 drawers
Oak wood bedside table, nightstand , Mid Century Modern, Retro Scandinavian, 2 drawers
Habitables
$617.14 USD
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in solid Walnut board
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in solid Walnut board
Habitables
$435.96 USD
Mid Century Nightstand with Drawer in Walnut
Mid Century Nightstand with Drawer in Walnut
Habitables
$560.53 USD
Modern Wood Table Lamp with Shade Scandinavian Design
Modern Wood Table Lamp with Shade Scandinavian Design
Habitables
$300.08 USD
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak board, oak legs, upholstered in grey linen fabric
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak board, oak legs, upholstered in grey linen fabric
Habitables
$322.73 USD
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, upholstered in cold wool gray
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, upholstered in cold wool gray
Habitables
$322.73 USD
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Nightstand - Modern Made in solid American oak
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Nightstand - Modern Made in solid American oak
Habitables
$526.55 USD
Walnut Mid-Century Scandinavian bedside Table / Nightstand in solid Walnut board , legs made of solid walnut
Walnut Mid-Century Scandinavian bedside Table / Nightstand in solid Walnut board , legs made of solid walnut
Habitables
$775.68 USD
Stool / tray /  bench made of black lacquered MDF board and oak legs
Stool / tray / bench made of black lacquered MDF board and oak legs
Habitables
$288.76 USD
Modern White Bookcase Credenza with Drawer
Modern White Bookcase Credenza with Drawer
Habitables
$1,575.13 USD
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Nightstand - Frame and legs made in oak ,and drawers lacquered in white
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Nightstand - Frame and legs made in oak ,and drawers lacquered in white
Habitables
$401.99 USD
Walnut Mid-Century Scandinavian bedside Table / Nightstand in solid Walnut board , retro legs made of solid oak or walnut
Walnut Mid-Century Scandinavian bedside Table / Nightstand in solid Walnut board , retro legs made of solid oak or walnut
Habitables
$543.54 USD
Floating White nightstand / Bedside Table / Drawer,  Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style
Floating White nightstand / Bedside Table / Drawer, Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style
Habitables
$394.07 USD
Stool / tray /  bench made of white lacquered MDF board and oak legs
Stool / tray / bench made of white lacquered MDF board and oak legs
Habitables
$252.52 USD
Dresser,commode  credenza in Oak solid board  modern mid century
Dresser,commode credenza in Oak solid board modern mid century
Habitables
$2,236.44 USD
Sideboard, dresser, cupboard, credenza in solid board oak ,media console,media center Mid century,tantik L
Sideboard, dresser, cupboard, credenza in solid board oak ,media console,media center Mid century,tantik L
Habitables
$3,040.43 USD
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Entry table / Dresser / commode / console Frame and legs made in Walnut
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Entry table / Dresser / commode / console Frame and legs made in Walnut
Habitables
$956.86 USD
Side Table / Entry table / Dresser / commode / console Frame and legs made in Walnut and drawer in white
Side Table / Entry table / Dresser / commode / console Frame and legs made in Walnut and drawer in white
Habitables
$979.50 USD
Black table lamp in solid galvanized iron pipe
Black table lamp in solid galvanized iron pipe
Habitables
$475.60 USD
Walnut Floating nightstand bedside table drawer in solid walnut mid century modern
Walnut Floating nightstand bedside table drawer in solid walnut mid century modern
Habitables
$583.17 USD
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in black lacquered oak and oak legs
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in black lacquered oak and oak legs
Habitables
$661.31 USD
Coffee table, center table , living room table made of solid oak board
Coffee table, center table , living room table made of solid oak board
Habitables
$537.88 USD
Walnut Mid-Century Scandinavian bedside Table / Nightstand in solid Walnut board , retro legs made of solid oak or walnut
Walnut Mid-Century Scandinavian bedside Table / Nightstand in solid Walnut board , retro legs made of solid oak or walnut
Habitables
$665.84 USD
Walnut / oak wood  Floating  Console Hallway table entryway
Walnut / oak wood Floating Console Hallway table entryway
Habitables
$662.44 USD
NEW !! Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in solid oak board and oak legs
NEW !! Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in solid oak board and oak legs
Habitables
$390.67 USD
Desk in oak wood , Bureau , dressing table , office desk, Classic, Mid Century, Modern, Tantik
Desk in oak wood , Bureau , dressing table , office desk, Classic, Mid Century, Modern, Tantik
Habitables
$2,089.23 USD
Sideboard, dresser, cupboard, credenza in solid board oak ,media console,media center Mid century,tantik L
Sideboard, dresser, cupboard, credenza in solid board oak ,media console,media center Mid century,tantik L
Habitables
$2,019.02 USD
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, upholstered in cold wool yellow
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, upholstered in cold wool yellow
Habitables
$322.73 USD
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, upholstered in grey linen fabric
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, upholstered in grey linen fabric
Habitables
$322.73 USD
Nightstand / Bedside table, white lacquered iron and oak, mid-century, modern, retro
Nightstand / Bedside table, white lacquered iron and oak, mid-century, modern, retro
Habitables
$300.08 USD
White nightstand / Bedside Table,  Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style with 1 or 2 drawers and legs made of oak wood
White nightstand / Bedside Table, Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style with 1 or 2 drawers and legs made of oak wood
Habitables
$401.99 USD
Dining table in solid oak modern mid century
Dining table in solid oak modern mid century
Habitables
$1,443.78 USD
Desk white in lacquer , dressing table  with white stool included
Desk white in lacquer , dressing table with white stool included
Habitables
$1,092.74 USD
New  table lamp in oak wood, cotton lamp shade
New table lamp in oak wood, cotton lamp shade
Habitables
$424.64 USD
Mid Century, Modern, TV table , TV stand made of solid oak board
Mid Century, Modern, TV table , TV stand made of solid oak board
Habitables
$651.12 USD
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Entry table / Dresser / commode / console Frame and legs made in Oak or Walnut
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Entry table / Dresser / commode / console Frame and legs made in Oak or Walnut
Habitables
$809.65 USD
Modern Oak Desk with Open Cubbies Mid Century Design
Modern Oak Desk with Open Cubbies Mid Century Design
Habitables
$858.34 USD
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench in white lacquer and oak legs
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench in white lacquer and oak legs
Habitables
$368.02 USD
Walnut Mid Century sideboard,  cupboard, credenza in solid walnut ,media console,media center
Walnut Mid Century sideboard, cupboard, credenza in solid walnut ,media console,media center
Habitables
$2,567.09 USD
White nightstand / Bedside Table , Style Mid-Century Modern Retro Scandinavian 1 or 2 drawers
White nightstand / Bedside Table , Style Mid-Century Modern Retro Scandinavian 1 or 2 drawers
Habitables
$401.99 USD
Mid Century Chest of drawers, cabinet  with 4 Drawer in solid  Walnut
Mid Century Chest of drawers, cabinet with 4 Drawer in solid Walnut
Habitables
$1,794.81 USD
Oak Mid-Century modern bedside table / nightstand in solid oak board
Oak Mid-Century modern bedside table / nightstand in solid oak board
Habitables
$523.16 USD
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Nightstand - One drawer and retro legs, all made of solid oak
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Nightstand - One drawer and retro legs, all made of solid oak
Habitables
$401.99 USD
Floating Nightstand with Drawer in Oak Scandinavian Design
Floating Nightstand with Drawer in Oak Scandinavian Design
Habitables
$413.32 USD
Floating White/wood  nightstand / Bedside Table / Drawer,  Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style with 1 drawer
Floating White/wood nightstand / Bedside Table / Drawer, Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style with 1 drawer
Habitables
$433.70 USD
Floating Nightstand with Drawer in Oak Scandinavian Design
Floating Nightstand with Drawer in Oak Scandinavian Design
Habitables
$369.15 USD
Scandinavian Modern Upholstered Stool in Natural Oak
Scandinavian Modern Upholstered Stool in Natural Oak
Habitables
$322.73 USD
Iron and Wood Bedside Table / Nightstand
Iron and Wood Bedside Table / Nightstand
Habitables
$300.08 USD
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Nightstand - One or two drawers and retro legs made of solid oak
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Nightstand - One or two drawers and retro legs made of solid oak
Habitables
$401.99 USD
New  table lamp in oak wood, cotton lamp shade
New table lamp in oak wood, cotton lamp shade
Habitables
$377.08 USD
White Floating nightstand bedside table drawer  in solid oak mid century modern
White Floating nightstand bedside table drawer in solid oak mid century modern
Habitables
$561.66 USD
White nightstand Table / Bedside Table Style Mid-Century Modern Retro Scandinavian 1 or 2 drawers in lacquered oak
White nightstand Table / Bedside Table Style Mid-Century Modern Retro Scandinavian 1 or 2 drawers in lacquered oak
Habitables
$401.99 USD
Nightstand / Bedside Table White, Style Mid-Century Modern Retro Scandinavian 1 or 2 drawers
Nightstand / Bedside Table White, Style Mid-Century Modern Retro Scandinavian 1 or 2 drawers
Habitables
$401.99 USD
Hallway table entryway floating  console in solid walnut / oak wood
Hallway table entryway floating console in solid walnut / oak wood
Habitables
$662.44 USD
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Nightstand - Two drawers and retro legs made of solid oak
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Nightstand - Two drawers and retro legs made of solid oak
Habitables
$594.50 USD
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Nightstand - Two drawers and retro legs made of solid Walnut
Mid-Century Scandinavian Side Table / Nightstand - Two drawers and retro legs made of solid Walnut
Habitables
$766.62 USD
Solid Walnut wood desk , dressing table , office desk, Classic, Mid Century, Modern.
Solid Walnut wood desk , dressing table , office desk, Classic, Mid Century, Modern.
Habitables
$1,451.70 USD
Desk in walnut wood , Bureau , dressing table , office desk, Classic, Mid Century, Modern, Tantik
Desk in walnut wood , Bureau , dressing table , office desk, Classic, Mid Century, Modern, Tantik
Habitables
$2,500.28 USD

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