Green Leap OtherWondersMFG


OtherWondersMFG is a design studio with a focus on sustainability. Previously with Monmade, owner Carl Bajandas offered custom design and fabrication of products, including unique railings and fixtures. Applying handcrafted and sustainable techniques to digital design and fabrication, Carl now expands his studio by offering a standard line of furniture and home goods.

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New Products Coming Soon
Debuting with Monmade — April 2023

Realized through Green Leap, OtherWondersMFG’s standard collection explores intentional design and simplicity through functional, durable wood pieces, like seating and tables. Made from locally sourced, responsibly harvested wood, OtherWondersMFG furniture is finished with a zero-VOC, UV-cured finish made from sustainably derived vegetable oil, locally harvested wax, and alcohol.

“I want to create products with a life cycle of generations, not years. I intend to develop green products utilizing a local supply chain in addition to sustainable production and finishing methods.”

Carl Bajandas

OtherWondersMFG‘s originally prototyped designs include variable height stools (shown here). The seating offers bar and counter height options and a low stool that can double as an end table. Now Carl is prototyping coffee, work, and dining tables for OtherWondersMFG’s collection. He is also exploring additional decorative options, including modern painted edge details. The finalized furniture will debut in April at our premiere Green Leap design industry event.

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Project Portfolio

While Carl is now focusing on his studio’s standard product line, Monmade has worked with OtherWondersMFG, developing custom design solutions for our clients. Our project portfolio showcases his design expertise and craftsmanship, which are echoed in his Green Leap products.


sustainablyMonmade Insights 

Through our assessment of his studio and production manufacturing practices, OtherWondersMFG achieves four of Monmade’s six dimensions of sustainability: environment, climate, human health, and social equity.

  • Minority-owned creative business located in McKees Rocks, PA, a low-to-moderate income area
  • OtherWondersMFG is located within a 100-year-old building that used to be the McKees Rock Gazette. Producer is currently renovating the building and is upgrading to renewable energy sources, installing dual pane windows, increasing the insulation, replacing electrical wiring to meet code and for safety, utilizing LED and natural lighting throughout, adding a wood burning stove (bio-mass heating), and increasing air filtration and air quality measures
  • OtherWondersMFG’s mission is to provide a living wage and transparent pay structure. Initial priorities include hiring minority workers and paying a livible hourly wage
  • Producer is committed to establishing long-standing relationships with local suppliers and manufacturers
  • Furniture developed through Green Leap uses locally sourced, responsibly harvested wood. It is finished with a zero-VOC, UV-cured finish made from sustainably derived vegetable oil, locally harvested wax, and alcohol
  • With consideration to the entire life cycle, OtherWondersMFG’s products are designed to be durable as well as sustainable—these heirloom quality pieces are intended to last a lifetime

Learn more about Monmade’s holistic approach to sustainability.