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Explore - Culture
Tobias Wong once traded a cigarette for a die from a stranger on the street. McSwain honored his friend with a portrait composed of 13,138 plastic dice—one for every day of Wong’s life.
It takes 27 mechanized steps to crank out a General’s Test Scoring pencil. One of them is laying the hot graphite into the California incense cedar shafts; another is applying the five layers...
Produced not far outside New York City, Ducduc’s Dylan crib is just the flexible nest for your budding modernist. The crib converts to a toddler bed and then a daybed as your child grows,...
Viking keeps its manufacturing lean by only building what’s already been sold, and the manufacturing process is equally refined. From start to finish, the average Designer Series range takes...
Imagine a fly swatter from the 19th century, and you’ll likely picture this Amish-made bug smasher from the Ohio-based “old-fashioned, non-electric merchandise” emporium Lehman...
Not only made in America, the Swell Seating Collection and its pieces are nearly all made in Pennsylvania. The specialized sewing necessary to produce the slings that make up the seats is done at...
Each Kingstown barstool is made from sustainably harvested hardwood sourced from forests in the Midwest and on the East Coast. The stool’s production marries traditional handcrafting...
The mountain pine beetle has ravaged broad swaths of our northern forests, killing millions of western pines nationwide. The wood of the trees they effect, however, takes on a handsome bluish cast,...
Though Domestic Aesthetic is based in Brooklyn, its undulating Bamboo tray is handcrafted in Detroit. Its makers had previously worked supplying metal parts to the auto industry but have branched...
Made to fit your standard six-pack, designer Patrick Long’s handsome canvas sack has its priorities straight. Long and his “nuts-and-bolts studio run by multitaskers” in Portland,...
Like organic Capsela constructions hovering over the dining table, Lindsey Adelman’s Branching Bubbles chandeliers have a Brooklyn-born brand of industrial expressionism. The one-off quality...
We love Sausalito, California–based Heath Ceramics for carrying the torch of mid-century design and California manufacturing. For their drinking glasses, they linked up with an 80-year-old...
Oregon’s Pendleton Woolen Mills produces a small group of colorful blankets inspired by America’s great open spaces that are a fitting and cozy ode to our great national parks.
Before you got into urban homesteading, before you were drinking obscure Vermont microbrews out of them at the off-campus co-op, even before your grandmother started keeping her leftovers in them,...
As potent today as when the Great Bambino swung one. Nothing screams “America” louder or with such verve as a Louisville Slugger. They’re still made in downtown Louisville, and...
No, your Ray-Bans won’t get you laughed out of the barbecue, but if the aim is to look like, you know, an actual pilot, you can’t go wrong with the glasses Randolph Engineering makes...
Ask a child to draw a picture of a picnic basket and you’ll get something rather like this handmade holder of outdoor treats. Best of all, a wooden divider on the bottom protects that apple...
Though the residents of the last working Shaker village may have set aside their tools, you can still get your fix of elegant simplicity from the replicas produced by Shaker Workshops. The slightly...
Made since 1896 and refreshingly unattached to any celebrity chef, the 12-inch skillet from Lodge Cast Iron is a built-for-the-ages stalwart of American-made cookware. Perfect for baking, braising,...
The purest expression of what American mailboxness is and ever will be, the Gibraltar ALM 11000 is a poem in smooth finished aluminum. Pick one up at any big hardware store for under $20.