Gump’s is proud to carry the nation’s largest assortment of Maria Yee furniture. Each stunning piece is expertly handmade to order and thus will require additional time to ship. Manufacturing takes approximately 12 weeks.
Born in China, Maria Yee apprenticed as a machinist and studied to become a mechanical engineer. But after witnessing the destruction of China’s treasures after the Cultural Revolution, Yee decided to move to California and joined with expert craftsmen to begin making Ming Dynasty reproductions and traditional home furnishings.
Today Yee’s original vision has evolved to become a lifestyle design company with a fierce commitment to environmental sustainability. After realizing she couldn’t continue to sustain her growing business by using reclaimed wood alone, Yee began sourcing responsibly grown and selectively harvest hardwood. In addition, she uses only 100% water-based finishes and vegetable-tanned leathers.
In constructing each piece, Yee has taken the traditional art of fine furniture construction into the modern era with sophisticated joinery techniques. Used by the Chinese for thousands of years, she has perfected the practice of fitting pieces together so precisely that the need for nails and screws becomes obsolete. With a bustling factory in China and headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA, Yee has fused the best of the East and the West resulting in timeless, one-of-a-kind home furnishings boasting clean lines and elegant shapes. Shop the Collection.