Maria Yee, Inc. is a U.S. company with an international reputation for handcrafted furniture and a new favorite in lifestyle design. Unlike others, Maria Yee creates pieces that are unique to the home furnishings market through its proprietary BreathingJoinery™ technique and innovative materials such as BambooTimbre™. Every Maria Yee EcoLuxury™ piece is one-of-a-kind. Each piece is personal. At Maria Yee, our motto is “One customer and one unique piece at a time.”
If arriving at good design is a journey, Maria Yee's life journey lends itself to her designs. The passage from concept to creation fuses the wisdom gained through passionate pursuits and a unique vision for California contemporary living.
Maria's father, a professor of architecture, sparked her interest in design at an early age. However, the fanatic anti-intellectual radicals imprisoned her parents during the Cultural Revolution. She click here for Maria Yee was sent to work in a rock quarry at the age of 15.
Maria's resilient spirit enabled her to survive the ordeal. Undaunted, she apprenticed as a machinist and obtained an education in mechanical engineering. Witnessing the destruction of many of China's historic treasures incited a passion in her to revitalize the art of traditional furniture making. She organized a group of expert craftsmen to handcraft museum quality Ming Dynasty reproductions.
Paying homage to classic workmanship, Maria successfully developed the Exclusive Joinery™ system for handcrafting solid hardwood furniture in pure joinery without nails or screws. She is the first one to do so in a modern manufacturing environment. Inspired by California's redwood forests and Central Coast, Maria channels her energy to create her patent-pending Bamboo Timbre™ from rapidly renewable bamboo. To foster the environment, she is increasing the use of vegetable-tanned leather for upholstery.
In 1988, Maria founded her namesake company in California. Today, Maria Yee, Inc. is critically acclaimed for its California contemporary designs and philosophy of environmental responsibility.