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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
$704.31 USD
Coffee table, round table , side table ,  made of solid Walnut board
Coffee table, round table , side table , made of solid Walnut board
Habitables
$391.28 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
$656.15 USD
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in solid Walnut board
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in solid Walnut board
Habitables
$463.52 USD
Modern Walnut Desk with Open Cubbies Mid Century Design
Modern Walnut Desk with Open Cubbies Mid Century Design
Habitables
$1,384.54 USD
Sideboard, dresser, cupboard, credenza in solid board oak / walnut  ,media console,media center Mid century,tantik L
Sideboard, dresser, cupboard, credenza in solid board oak / walnut ,media console,media center Mid century,tantik L
Habitables
$3,232.60 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
$461.11 USD
Audio speaker stand , iron and wood (2 units)
Audio speaker stand , iron and wood (2 units)
Habitables
$503.25 USD
Mid-Century Modern Solid Walnut Nightstand with double drawers
Mid-Century Modern Solid Walnut Nightstand with double drawers
Habitables
$707.92 USD
Coffee table, center table , living room table made of solid spanish oak board
Coffee table, center table , living room table made of solid spanish oak board
Habitables
$2,227.31 USD
Scandinavian Modern Upholstered Stool in Natural Oak / walnut / beech
Scandinavian Modern Upholstered Stool in Natural Oak / walnut / beech
Habitables
$270.89 USD
Floating wood nightstand / Bedside Table / Drawer,  Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro
Floating wood nightstand / Bedside Table / Drawer, Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro
Habitables
$279.32 USD
Mid Century Nightstand with Drawer in Walnut
Mid Century Nightstand with Drawer in Walnut
Habitables
$595.95 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
$632.07 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
$427.40 USD
Solid Walnut board desk , Bureau , dressing table , office desk, Classic, Mid Century, Modern.
Solid Walnut board desk , Bureau , dressing table , office desk, Classic, Mid Century, Modern.
Habitables
$1,423.07 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
$427.40 USD
Floating Nightstand with 1 drawer in Oak, Scandinavian Design
Floating Nightstand with 1 drawer in Oak, Scandinavian Design
Habitables
$392.49 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
$427.40 USD
Mid Century Modern Nightstand in solid walnut with two drawers and aluminium legs
Mid Century Modern Nightstand in solid walnut with two drawers and aluminium legs
Habitables
$815.07 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
$597.16 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
$860.82 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
$427.40 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
$3,557.67 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
$515.29 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
$607.99 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
$535.76 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
$692.27 USD
White bedside table, nightstand , Mid Century Modern in solid Oak with 2 drawers
White bedside table, nightstand , Mid Century Modern in solid Oak with 2 drawers
Habitables
$656.15 USD
White nightstand / Bedside Table,  Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style with 2 drawers and legs made of oak wood
White nightstand / Bedside Table, Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style with 2 drawers and legs made of oak wood
Habitables
$656.15 USD
Dresser,commode  credenza in solid beech wood  board  modern mid century
Dresser,commode credenza in solid beech wood board modern mid century
Habitables
$1,674.69 USD
New  table lamp in oak wood, cotton lamp shade
New table lamp in oak wood, cotton lamp shade
Habitables
$400.92 USD
Floating nightstand bedside table 1 drawer in solid walnut, style mid century modern
Floating nightstand bedside table 1 drawer in solid walnut, style mid century modern
Habitables
$463.52 USD
Walnut  wood  Floating / with 2 legs  Console Hallway table entryway
Walnut wood Floating / with 2 legs Console Hallway table entryway
Habitables
$620.03 USD
Dining table in solid oak modern mid century
Dining table in solid oak modern mid century
Habitables
$1,535.03 USD
Coffee table, modern coffee table, mid century, living room table in solid oak
Coffee table, modern coffee table, mid century, living room table in solid oak
Habitables
$704.31 USD
Wooden Stool / tray / bench made on solid oak board and oak legs
Wooden Stool / tray / bench made on solid oak board and oak legs
Habitables
$268.48 USD
Sideboard, dresser, cupboard, credenza in oak ,media console,media center Mid century,tantik
Sideboard, dresser, cupboard, credenza in oak ,media console,media center Mid century,tantik
Habitables
$3,232.60 USD
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in solid Walnut board and walnut legs
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in solid Walnut board and walnut legs
Habitables
$463.52 USD
Coffee table, modern coffee table, mid century, living room table ion solid walnut and iron
Coffee table, modern coffee table, mid century, living room table ion solid walnut and iron
Habitables
$824.71 USD
Modern white lacquered Oak Desk with Open Cubbies Mid Century Design
Modern white lacquered Oak Desk with Open Cubbies Mid Century Design
Habitables
$1,234.05 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
$523.72 USD
Floating White nightstand / Bedside Table,  Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style
Floating White nightstand / Bedside Table, Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style
Habitables
$310.62 USD
Bar stool / counter wood stool made of solid oak table, oak legs, Upholstered in turquoise cool wool
Bar stool / counter wood stool made of solid oak table, oak legs, Upholstered in turquoise cool wool
Habitables
$571.88 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
$2,729.35 USD
Coffee table, round table , side table ,  made of solid oak board
Coffee table, round table , side table , made of solid oak board
Habitables
$379.24 USD
Bar stool / counter wood stool made of solid oak table, oak legs, Upholstered in turquoise cool wool
Bar stool / counter wood stool made of solid oak table, oak legs, Upholstered in turquoise cool wool
Habitables
$511.68 USD
Iron and Wood Bedside Table / Nightstand
Iron and Wood Bedside Table / Nightstand
Habitables
$319.05 USD
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, upholstered in fabric with geometric pattern
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, upholstered in fabric with geometric pattern
Habitables
$391.28 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
$2,221.29 USD
Floating White nightstand / Bedside Table / Drawer,  Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style with 1 drawer made of oak wood
Floating White nightstand / Bedside Table / Drawer, Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style with 1 drawer made of oak wood
Habitables
$461.11 USD
Floating nightstand bedside table with 2 drawers in solid oak mid century modern
Floating nightstand bedside table with 2 drawers in solid oak mid century modern
Habitables
$511.68 USD
Nightstand / Bedside Table White, Style Mid-Century Modern Retro Scandinavian 2 drawers
Nightstand / Bedside Table White, Style Mid-Century Modern Retro Scandinavian 2 drawers
Habitables
$656.15 USD
Desk in oak wood , Mid Century, Modern, Tantik
Desk in oak wood , Mid Century, Modern, Tantik
Habitables
$1,161.82 USD
Mid Century Modern white Solid Oak Nightstand with Double Drawers
Mid Century Modern white Solid Oak Nightstand with Double Drawers
Habitables
$656.15 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
$692.27 USD
Desk white in lacquer , dressing table  with white stool included
Desk white in lacquer , dressing table with white stool included
Habitables
$1,161.81 USD
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, Upholstered in turquoise cool wool
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, Upholstered in turquoise cool wool
Habitables
$343.13 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
$1,543.46 USD
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in oak and oak legs
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in oak and oak legs
Habitables
$776.55 USD

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