SHIFT is a Philadelphia-based manufacturer of objects and furniture that extend living beyond walls. Since 2009, SHIFT has been designing modern interpretations of utilitarian objects. The products are rooted in a playful minimalism that maintains function while inviting interaction. What began with a stainless steel raintank, has expanded to a line of outdoor products that celebrate outdoor living.

All SHIFT products are made in the USA to ensure quality, reduce environmental impact, and stimulate local manufacturing. SHIFT aims to create long-lasting, thoughtfully-designed products.

SHIFT has been featured by Sunset Magazine, Design Milk, Martha Stewart Home, Apartment Therapy and Gizmodo among other publications.


The SHIFT brand is directed by William May. William is a California native and graduate of the California Institute of the Arts. He survives the change of weather in Philadelphia by growing succulents and keeping the heater at 72. Prior to SHIFT, William designed for Bend Goods in Los Angeles.

SHIFT was launched by SHIFTSPACE, a Philadelphia design studio founded by architect Mario Gentile.  Tim Barnes leads industrial design and provides creative direction for the studio.



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Mailing Address
3060 W Jefferson St.
Philadelphia, PA 19121


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