Blending traditional materials with a contemporary aesthetic, byrd & belle's handcrafted felt storage bins and totes bring beauty and functionality to the modern home.
Growing up on her family's working farm in Iowa, Angie Davis was introduced to sewing, quilting and needlework at an early age. She later turned her creative talents to a career in residential architecture, but when the industry slowed she found herself revisiting the time-honored craft traditions of her childhood. With the opening of her Minnesota-based design studio in 2008, Davis' story came full circle and byrd & belle was born.
Today, Davis' former career still heavily influences her work. "My aesthetic and the way I think things should function are really steeped in my architectural background," she says. "I approach designing these products the same way I would designing a kitchen." Her knowledge of shape and form is especially evident in the minimalist design and structured lines of our exclusive wool felt storage bins and totes, which Davis handcrafts in her Minneapolis studio.
Every byrd & belle design is composed of materials inspired by objects from Davis' childhood and modified to fit her modern aesthetic. Top-grain leather is purchased from local vendors, then cut and dyed by hand to replicate the supple leather used in equestrian equipment. Kindling totes are accented with rivets in a nod to traditional tin buckets. And each tote or bin is pieced together with precise stitches that are left intentionally exposed. "I wanted the construction and the quality of the materials to be apparent," Davis explains. "These pieces are designed to reflect that."
Dedication to Design
Davis shares Room & Board's commitment to American craftsmanship and environmentally-conscious design. Pure wool felt is chosen for its durability and longevity, as well as its aesthetic qualities. Vegetable-tanned leathers are locally sourced and hand colored with low VOC dyes to minimize environmental impact. Even the construction process is engineered to be more eco-friendly and reduce material waste. Coupled with Davis' thoughtful approach to design, these practices ensure that every byrd & belle product is as sustainable as it is beautiful.