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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
$741.16 USD
Coffee table, round table , side table ,  made of solid Walnut board
Coffee table, round table , side table , made of solid Walnut board
Habitables
$352.21 USD
Oak wood white bedside table, nightstand , Mid Century Modern, Retro Scandinavian, 2 drawers
Oak wood white bedside table, nightstand , Mid Century Modern, Retro Scandinavian, 2 drawers
Habitables
$690.49 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
$1,545.67 USD
Nightstand with two drawers in solid Walnut / Oak wood board and on top Carrara marble
Nightstand with two drawers in solid Walnut / Oak wood board and on top Carrara marble
Habitables
$1,469.66 USD
Marble Coffee table, center table , living room table made of solid walnut/oak board
Marble Coffee table, center table , living room table made of solid walnut/oak board
Habitables
$1,729.38 USD
Nightstand / Bedside table in solid Walnut / Oak with marble top , mid century style
Nightstand / Bedside table in solid Walnut / Oak with marble top , mid century style
Habitables
$1,064.23 USD
Wood nightstand / Bedside Table,  Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style with 1 or 2 drawers, frame and legs made of oak wood
Wood nightstand / Bedside Table, Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style with 1 or 2 drawers, frame and legs made of oak wood
Habitables
$538.45 USD
White nightstand / Bedside Table,  Scandinavian Mid-Century Style with 1 or 2 drawers and legs in oak wood
White nightstand / Bedside Table, Scandinavian Mid-Century Style with 1 or 2 drawers and legs in oak wood
Habitables
$449.77 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
$282.53 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
$282.53 USD
Iron and Wood Bedside Table / Nightstand
Iron and Wood Bedside Table / Nightstand
Habitables
$335.74 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
$1,624.22 USD
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in solid Walnut board and walnut legs
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in solid Walnut board and walnut legs
Habitables
$487.77 USD
Floating Nightstand with 1 drawer in Oak, Scandinavian Design
Floating Nightstand with 1 drawer in Oak, Scandinavian Design
Habitables
$413.02 USD
Mid Century Nightstand with Drawer in solid Walnut wood
Mid Century Nightstand with Drawer in solid Walnut wood
Habitables
$614.47 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
$411.76 USD
Desk lacquered in white and oak drawers , Bureau , dressing table , office desk, Classic, Mid Century, Modern.
Desk lacquered in white and oak drawers , Bureau , dressing table , office desk, Classic, Mid Century, Modern.
Habitables
$1,418.98 USD
Walnut floating nightstand bedside table, style mid century modern
Walnut floating nightstand bedside table, style mid century modern
Habitables
$334.47 USD
Modern White Bookcase Credenza with Drawer
Modern White Bookcase Credenza with Drawer
Habitables
$1,830.74 USD
Mid Century Armchair in oak / walnut in solid wood board upholstered
Mid Century Armchair in oak / walnut in solid wood board upholstered
Habitables
$715.82 USD
Wood nightstand / Bedside Table,  Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style with 1 or 2 frame and legs made of oak wood
Wood nightstand / Bedside Table, Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Retro Style with 1 or 2 frame and legs made of oak wood
Habitables
$690.49 USD
Mid Century Modern white Solid Oak Nightstand with Double Drawers
Mid Century Modern white Solid Oak Nightstand with Double Drawers
Habitables
$690.49 USD
Mid-Century Side Table / Nightstand in solid American Oak with a drawer and a shelf
Mid-Century Side Table / Nightstand in solid American Oak with a drawer and a shelf
Habitables
$589.13 USD
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, Upholstered in Blue cool wool
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, Upholstered in Blue cool wool
Habitables
$361.08 USD
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in oak / nogal
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in oak / nogal
Habitables
$905.87 USD
Mid Century Dresser with 3 Drawer in White with Walnut Surround / frame
Mid Century Dresser with 3 Drawer in White with Walnut Surround / frame
Habitables
$2,998.86 USD
Bedside table Scandinavian Mid-Century style oak table with 1 or 2 drawers, drawer and legs in white
Bedside table Scandinavian Mid-Century style oak table with 1 or 2 drawers, drawer and legs in white
Habitables
$500.44 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
$542.25 USD
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, upholstered in fabric with geometric pattern
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, upholstered in fabric with geometric pattern
Habitables
$361.08 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
$665.15 USD
Console Hallway table Walnut wood Floating / with 2 legs
Console Hallway table Walnut wood Floating / with 2 legs
Habitables
$677.82 USD
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in solid Walnut board
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in solid Walnut board
Habitables
$487.77 USD
Audio speaker stand , iron and wood (2 units)
Audio speaker stand , iron and wood (2 units)
Habitables
$529.58 USD
Modern Wood Table Lamp with Shade Scandinavian Design
Modern Wood Table Lamp with Shade Scandinavian Design
Habitables
$335.74 USD
Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, Upholstered in turquoise cool wool
Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, Upholstered in turquoise cool wool
Habitables
$361.08 USD
Floating nightstand bedside table drawer  in solid walnut mid century modern
Floating nightstand bedside table drawer in solid walnut mid century modern
Habitables
$468.77 USD
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak board, oak legs, upholstered in grey linen fabric
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak board, oak legs, upholstered in grey linen fabric
Habitables
$361.08 USD
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, upholstered in cold wool gray
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, upholstered in cold wool gray
Habitables
$361.08 USD
Mid-Century Side Table / Nightstand with one white drawer in solid Oak
Mid-Century Side Table / Nightstand with one white drawer in solid Oak
Habitables
$449.77 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
$690.49 USD
Coffee table, round table , side table ,  made of solid oak board
Coffee table, round table , side table , made of solid oak board
Habitables
$286.33 USD
Nightstand with two drawers in solid Walnut wood board and on top Carrara marble
Nightstand with two drawers in solid Walnut wood board and on top Carrara marble
Habitables
$804.51 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
$456.10 USD
Dresser, commode  or credenza in Oak / walnut solid board style modern mid century
Dresser, commode or credenza in Oak / walnut solid board style modern mid century
Habitables
$2,502.22 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
$1,095.91 USD
Nightstand mid century - One or two drawers and retro legs made of solid oak
Nightstand mid century - One or two drawers and retro legs made of solid oak
Habitables
$411.76 USD
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in black lacquered oak and oak legs
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in black lacquered oak and oak legs
Habitables
$739.90 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
$601.80 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
$1,070.57 USD
Walnut / oak wood  Floating  Console Hallway table entryway
Walnut / oak wood Floating Console Hallway table entryway
Habitables
$741.16 USD
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in solid oak board and oak legs
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench in solid oak board and oak legs
Habitables
$437.10 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
$753.83 USD
Mid Century Modern Solid Oak Nightstand with Double Drawers
Mid Century Modern Solid Oak Nightstand with Double Drawers
Habitables
$665.15 USD
Sideboard, dresser, cupboard, credenza in solid board oak , Mid century
Sideboard, dresser, cupboard, credenza in solid board oak , Mid century
Habitables
$2,678.32 USD
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, upholstered in cold wool yellow
Stool / Seat / Ottoman / bench made of solid oak table, oak legs, upholstered in cold wool yellow
Habitables
$361.08 USD
Mid-Century Modern Solid Walnut Nightstand with double drawers
Mid-Century Modern Solid Walnut Nightstand with double drawers
Habitables
$744.96 USD
Iron and Wood Bedside Table / Nightstand
Iron and Wood Bedside Table / Nightstand
Habitables
$335.74 USD
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench in white lacquer and oak legs
Stool / Seat / stool / Ottoman / bench in white lacquer and oak legs
Habitables
$411.76 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
$690.49 USD

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