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A lawyer by training, Robert left that field looking for other creatively enriching opportunities. He worked for a while in politics and had a chance to experience more of the country than the two coasts he had lived on. He learned there was more of a com

Kids' Furniture by Muu

In the October 2011 issue we're spotlighting all of our favorite American-made design. To lend a hand, we've asked Michael and Ruth Storc of the great site Design Patriot to share their top Made in the USA finds with us. This week, they spotlight Muu, which specializes in design for kids. I had the pleasure of sitting down for a cup of iced coffee with Robert Kwak, the owner, founder, and designer for Muu, a great modern line of furniture for nurseries and kids rooms, manufactured in the US. I was curious about his decision to keep the process stateside, especially considering the extra regulations involved in crib manufacturing which are on top of the more stringent (and some may argue more expensive) worker and environmental regulations that companies must follow to manufacture in the United States.  
September 19, 2011
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Robert Vanselow, Loft R

“I am the most meticulous, picky person. You can tell,” says Robert Vanselow, motioning around his living room. “This place is showroom ready.”
September 16, 2011
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Melissa and Keith Bishop, Loft B

“We went from 3,000 square feet to 720,” says Melissa Bishop, sitting on her leather couch. “Crazy, huh?”
September 16, 2011
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Wichita Rising

Surrounded by cattle-flecked plains smack in the middle of America, Wichita generally has a reputation as a sleepy, middle-of-nowhere kind of place—even though it’s Kansas’s biggest city (population 382,000).
September 16, 2011
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Jamil Malone, Loft J

“I hated Wichita. It was a Podunk cow-town and there was nothing for me to do here,” says Jamil Malone, a native who left for college thinking he’d never return. “But then I came back and fell in love with the place.”
September 16, 2011
fctile instinct

Filmore Clark: American Tile

In the October 2011 issue we're spotlighting all of our favorite American-made design. To lend a hand, we've asked Michael and Ruth Storc of the great site Design Patriot to share their top Made in the USA finds with us. Keep an eye out for a series of four posts from the duo.  
September 15, 2011
Tom Moser Deacon

Three Questions for Tom Moser

This morning I spoke with Tom Moser, the man who founded the Auburn, Maine, furniture and woodworking firm Thos. Moser, about the reissue of his 1977 book, How to Build Shaker Furniture. We spoke about the endurance of Shaker designs, the book, and what he hopes to achieve through his work. The former Bates College professor told me that he hopes his book, which was out of print for about a decade, catches on again. We covered the Thos. Moser Deacons's bench in our October Made in the USA issue, and as part of the release of the book, Moser has offered a great PDF that describes how the Deacon's bench is made over at Popular Woodworking. Read on.
September 15, 2011
Regional Cleveland

America's Regional Design

Sure, buying American is something to get behind—we're celebrating it all month long—but if for you buying local is about makers across town, not across state lines, then these designers may very well be up your alley. Burrow deeper into local design with our handy guide to the collectives and creators enlivening five American design scenes from Seattle to Cleveland to good old New York City. 
September 13, 2011
Modern Bite

Modern Bite

Modern graphics have been applied left, right, and center—to posters, textiles, t-shirts, and more—but at a new business in Los Angeles (with an architect as a cofounder) has affixed them to a new medium: baked goods.
September 13, 2011
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