turtle & hare

American Made Since 2013

monica reskala & chris weiss

oakland, California
Turtle & Hare is dedicated to the promotion of locally made, quality crafted furniture and accessories.

Tell us about your business.

Part showroom for MRCW, a husband and wife design/build business that specializes in japanese timber frame construction and custom furniture and interiors; part gallery dedicated to local artisans; and part curated retail store focusing on exquisitely crafted and elegantly designed accessories for the home and office. Located in uptown Oakland's edgy Art Murmur district and a stone's throw from Lake Merrit, designer Monica Reskala and master builder Christopher Weiss have opened T&H with the hopes of creating an incubator of sorts, where other craftsman can collaborate and bring their wares to a growing design savvy and quality conscious audience. We do not believe in planned obsolescence of products; we believe in craft as a form of three dimensional philosophy in which the soul of the artist and the soul of the material join to become something totally unique. Our motto: "Motivated by aesthetic, driven by craft"

What makes your business stand out?

A one stop shop for all things beautifully made. We collaborate with the artisans we showcase to create tailor made interior projects for our clients. Most items in our store are therefore, customizable. As a local business for the last 8 years we believe it is important to support the local economy by supporting other local craftspeople and designers. We also feel it is essential to revive the brick and mortar businesses format for several reasons: there is nothing like face to face contact, with our clients and with our products. What differentiates our products is that they not only look amazing, but when they are handled one also feels the deft hand of the artisan. These are products designed to age and patina beautifully, these are heirlooms that will keep on giving. This, we believe, is a sustainable approach: the well designed and crafted object uses material consciously, efficiently, and sparingly with the hope that it will function perfectly for many generations.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Follow your heart.

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