25 All-New Home Furnishings Made in America—Plus a Few U.S. Design Classics
Classic: Jacob Bromwell (Los Angeles‚ California)
Designed in 1819, the Jacob Bromwell cheese grater set the standard for all successors. The boxy stainless steel body includes three grating surfaces, plus a slicer. The company, which manufactures in multiple states‚ estimates that one in four American households owns a Bromwell grater.
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Classic: Airstream (Jackson Center, Ohio)
More than half the Airstreams built since Wally Byam designed the first travel trailer‚ in 1929‚ are still taking to the road. Like all Airstreams‚ the iconic Bambi‚ introduced in 1961‚ has an aerodynamic shape and lightweight aluminum construction that makes it a breeze to tow. Elements of its design live on in current models.
Classic: Capel Rugs (Troy, North Carolina)
In 1917‚ anticipating the impact of mechanical tractors on his business producing cotton ends for plow lines‚ A. Leon Capel shifted gears. Instead of making rope for mule reins‚ he braided the cotton into oval rugs. They were picked up by Sears Roebuck and JC Penney‚ and the now 100-year-old brand took off.
Classic: Igloo (Katy, Texas)
Because Igloo began as a metal shop‚ its first beverage coolers‚ introduced in the 1950s‚ looked less like plastic carryalls and more like insulated steel drums. It wasn’t until 1971 that the company hit on its signature item: the personal-size‚ swivel-lid Playmate. It’s been a picnic fixture ever since‚ often in red.
Classic: Emeco (Hanover, Pennsylvania)
Designed to withstand salt air and extreme conditions‚ the virtually indestructible 1006 Navy chair was first built in 1944 for use on U.S. submarines. To this day‚ the astonishingly light aluminum chair is molded through a 77-step process that takes up to 14 artisans several days to complete. The result is a chair so tough it has a 150-year guarantee.
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