A mere eight miles from Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Georgian neoclassical plantation home, and just nine miles south of Old Town Alexandria, the colonial bastion that provides much inspiration for Northern Virginia’s epidemic of multimillion-dollar neo-colonial McMansions, sits Hollin Hills, one of the country’s most progressive housing developments.
The Simpsons’ C. Montgomery Burns once said, “Sitting—the great leveler. From the mightiest pharaoh to the lowliest peasant, who doesn’t enjoy a good sit?” As we discovered with television critic Tim Goodman, when it comes to sitting, the lounge chair is king.
It is an overcast morning in Gumi. Contrary to a name that evokes cute rainbows of fruit flavor, the view from the hotel window consists of a salvage yard, a river with wide, sandy banks, and a horizontal spread of massive featureless and windowless gray buildings.
Inside vast concrete buildings all over the world, gizmos and gears (assisted by human hands, of course) assemble everything from enormous plasma TVs to endless rolls of colorful fabric to high-end chairs. Here's a look inside three fascinating factories.