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Akron Street: Affordable, Simple, Solid Wood Furniture


Akron Street: Affordable, Simple, Solid Wood Furniture

June 14, 2018

Akron Street furniture is one of the old guards among an ever-expanding roster of flat-pack, direct-to-consumer furniture companies, and the brand was only founded in 2015. It was started by Hansley Yunez and Lulu Li, who failed to find affordable, high-quality furniture on the market when they were outfitting their own home years ago. Now several product lines in, Akron furniture is made in China and Vietnam, mostly of FSC-certified white oak (some in veneer) from the Appalachian Mountains, and shipped from Tennessee. The furniture is clean-lined, some midcentury-inspired, and each piece takes less than 15 minutes to assemble at home.

Photography courtesy of Akron Street.

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Above: The Mysa Bed has a low profile and a midcentury-modern feel and is made of solid white oak with acacia and pine slats. It’s available in full, queen, and king, ranging in price from $780 to $980.

Akron Street is named for the place in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where the company’s founders shared their first apartment.

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Above: The Common Table is the foundation of the Akron Street collection. It comes in two sizes for seating four or six guests and is made of white oak veneer with solid oak edging and legs. It’s $480 for the 47-inch table and $680 for the 59-inch version (the latter is currently on backorder).

LA interior designer Paige Geffen used this table as a desk in her Echo Park apartment. Take a look in The LA Rental, Upgraded: Designer Paige Geffen’s 500-Square-Foot Challenge.

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Above: The Elo Coffee Table has a 30-inch round top and is 16 inches tall, made of solid white oak; $295.

Akron wood furniture is finished with two coats of nitrocellulose lacquer for a matte, medium level of protection. For maintenance tips, see the company’s Care Guide.

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Above: The Ko Table is 42 inches long and just over 16 inches tall. It has a veneered white oak top and solid oak legs. The table is $330 and ships in August.
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Above: The petite Reader Desk is 38 inches wide by 33 inches tall and has a groove at the back to prop a book or keep pencils close at hand. It’s $395 and ships in August.
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Above: The Alta Clothes Rack is a good-looking solution for bedrooms without closets. It stands 60 inches tall and is made of heavy-gauge, powder-coated steel with a hanging rail of solid oak; $230.
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Above: The reader desk paired with the straightforward, solid oak Concord Chair; $180.
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Above: The Morse Coat Rack is named for its dot-dot-dash pattern of hooks for hanging jackets and bags, plus a tray for dropping wallet and keys. Made of solid white oak and 30 inches long, it’s $95.
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Above: The Tap Side Table is 22 inches tall and stands on four slim legs of powder-coated steel with brass tips; $130.

Don’t forget to enter our Considered Design Awards contest by submitting up to 10 photos of your project by Friday, June 22. There are separate contest categories for professional and amateur designers on both Remodelista and Gardenista, and winners get a $500 gift card to shop Schoolhouse.

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