Shop Beyond Borders with Maya Mueble

A new site that’s empowering Latin American makers

When we came across Maya Mueble’s chairs, blankets, and rugs, we were tempted to keep them to ourselves. Once we learned their stories, we felt compelled to share the love.

That same sentiment drove siblings Emily and Brian Prendergast to found their Chicago-based company, which supports artisans in developing countries who produce fine design. Two years prior, the duo stumbled upon a slatted teak chair for sale at a roadside stand in El Salvador. Inspired by its unusual shape, as well as by other colorful textiles in the region, the siblings launched Maya Mueble (“Maya” refers to the indigenous people of Latin America; “mueble” is Spanish for furniture.)

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The site spotlights work by a Guatemalan women’s cooperative and a handful of Salvadoran families. Emily (a former visual merchandiser at Crate & Barrel) makes the buying and creative decisions, working with the makers to create fresh palettes and patterns, while Brian serves as translator and numbers guy. The fruits of their labor feel modern yet warm: 100 percent cotton blankets and rugs bearing geometric motifs, wrought-iron chairs wrapped with bright vinyl cording, and serving stands carved from conacaste wood.

A showroom to display the wares is in the works.

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Available at mayamueble.com, $64-$349.

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Photos: Emily Prendergast / Courtesy of Maya Mueble