WE SKETCH, COLLABORATE, MAKE MODELS, BUILD PROTOTYPES, & SOLVE PROBLEMS
North City Studios was founded by designers and makers - Merrick Anderson, Justin LaMachia, Gerad Zanoni, and Jake Johnson. We’re firm believers in the design process, continuously analyzing, assessing, and reassessing our furniture making efforts to create the best possible products for your home or space. Everything we make was designed ethically and sustainably right here in Minnesota, the North Star State.
P.S. we do custom furniture builds too.
Justin, through his combined background in the fine arts and architecture, cultivates his passion for furniture through thought provoking collaborations and strategic partnerships. He works passionately with those around him to elevate their skillset and to push conventional creative boundaries. Justin draws inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright and Charlotte Perriand.
Merrick is an adventure seeker, ceramicist, and kick-ass creative. If she’s not making you’ll find her running, biking, or climbing outdoors, all of which play into her creative practice. She has honed her skills in woodworking and ceramics and continues to build upon her mixed media approach to art and design using life, in all its glory, as her greatest influence.
Gerad has a strong interest in problem solving, be it through sketching, making, and occasionally breaking, backed by his education in architecture, product design, and engineering. Gerad’s passion for experimentation and risk taking shines through in all of his design efforts. His design heroes are Charles and Ray Eames.
Jake is a classically trained stringed instrument builder working to expand his craft at every able opportunity. He is meticulous and detail oriented, pushing the boundaries of his creative practice beyond instrumental bounds and into masterful woodworking. Jake's icons are Luthier Jim Olson and Thomas Schrunk.