Made in Michigan: Maslo Industrial Design
A custom Maslo Industrial Design table for FOX 47. Click on the arrows to see additional photos of pieces. Image by Andrew Tebeau
When you hear the phrase "Made in Michigan," thoughts often arise of our eclectic food culture, from cherries in Traverse City to Better Made Snack Foods in Detroit. But the "Made in Michigan" moniker also applies to several other industries, including furniture manufacturing.
In Holland, Michigan, Maslo Industrial Design started as a tool and die company, working with metal for over 20 years. But its owner Jim England's creative eye and love for vintage items led the company to industrial design and custom furniture over the last couple years.
"Anything old interests me. Anything vintage, anything industrial," says England. "We were going to start building our own office furniture for the front office. We started in that direction, and then we decided to build a table. It started with the bar top table, and we got a lot of good feedback. We thought 'let's try some more.'"
The goal for this side venture? To create quality, one-of-a-kind pieces.
"You just don't see that anymore. Everything is mass-produced, with thin, cheap materials. That's not what we're into. We're into something special, something heirloom, with the quality in mind. Everything is made in America here," says England.
Tables manufactured by Maslo Industrial Design, including a table commissioned for FOX 47's Production Suite, are topped with reclaimed wood from a barn in Graafschap, Michigan built in the 1890s. "From the wood beams to the flooring, all of the wood is out of that," England says.