When husband and wife Jeremy Pyles and Mary Welch were frustrated with the lighting options for their Manhattan home-furnishings shop—Niche—they decided to create their own pendant light for the store. It soon became the store’s most sought after option, and in 2005, Pyles and Welch launched a line of ten lights made from hand-blown glass. Niche Modern has since created more lights, and expanded its assortment to include other colorful glass objects like vases and carafes.
The key to getting your hands on American-made design lies with the retailers that make it a point to highlight where their pieces originate. Here, we chat with Gene Wilson, director of manufacturing and vendor management at Room & Board, about the ups and downs of producing in the U.S.