As coronavirus closures continue to impact small businesses, Dezeen has teamed up with design store Wescover to highlight the work of independent designers and makers from around the world.

Founded in San Francisco, Wescover is an online marketplace that sells furniture and accessories by independent designers and artists from across the globe. Most pieces are made-to-order or created in small production runs.

Instead of showcasing styled products on white backgrounds, products on the Wescover website are shown within interiors and alongside the creator’s story. From there you can start a conversation directly with the creator to place an order.

“Supporting local creative brands has so many positive impacts,” said Rachely Esman, CEO of Wescover, which has observed that the independent makers and creators that it works with are some of the businesses that are most impacted by the pandemic.

“The aesthetic value of original art and design work is obvious—it’s more beautiful, interesting, and carries a story. In addition, investing in these pieces helps us shift away from fast-decor and disposable culture.”

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