SOLO Home Design

American Made Since 2011

Meg Leese

Chicago, Illinois
SOLO Home Design specializes in creating one-of-a-kind furnishings + home accessories incorporating salvaged/recycled materials in a new way.

Tell us about your business.

SOLO is a family owned and operated business of four craftsmen that work together to design and construct one-of-a-kind furnishings and home accessories. My longtime boyfriend, Michael, and I, Meg, live in Chicago. We design and construct the soft goods in our apartment and design the furnishings to be constructed in our New Jersey workshops. My stepfather, Curt, is our third generation master carpenter, and my brother, Justin, is our fabricator. We all hold daytime jobs to fuel this passion and make it a reality. We spend every free minute scouting out unique salvaged,recycled, and repurposed objects to incorporate into our pieces, coming up with new concepts, and communicating with the industry to get our name out. SOLO has been operating for just over a year, and we're starting to make a name for ourselves. Our goal and our next step is to have our product carried in a handful of boutique home stores to reach a wider audience and start spreading the SOLO word.

What makes your business stand out?

Our name says it best...SOLO. We create one-of-a-kind pieces that best represent an individual and their space. Anyone can go to a department store and fill a space with a bunch of furniture, but when a new client makes a connection with an artifact and creates a piece around it to match their turns into love. SOLO Home Design is unique because we have four craftsmen from very different backgrounds (carpentry, classic car restoration, fashion design, and engineering) coming together with passion and the concept "Why wouldn't we be able to make that? Let's try!" We use a variety of different materials such as recycled bicycle inner tubes from local bike shops, repurposed rebar, salvaged bulldozer parts, and gears to name a few. In the short time we've been up and running, we've already saved about 100 rubber bicycle inner tubes from entering the landfill. Little by little, we hope to help the planet, give back to the community, and create truly unique spaces for our clients.

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