American designers and artists have shown remarkable resiliency in the face of this year’s challenges. We celebrate some of our favorite brands—and the people behind them—with our annual "Made in America" series. Check out the interviews below, and don’t miss our roundup of products spanning dinnerware, furniture, office accessories, window treatments, and more.
Location: New York, New York | @fortmakers
"We’ve been making our glasswork at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn since it opened its new studios in 2013," says Bauer. "Right now, we’re making a Sunrise Sunset cup. It’s a 12-ounce drinking glass that features a fade from an intense color density to near transparency. Well, it’s actually a reverse fade, so you have to make the gradient first and then make a separate cup that you stuff the colored glass into—you can’t really replicate that with a machine. Then we add a solid orb on the side that creates a subtle indentation in the cup and also acts as a grip, or holder."
"We designed them to be kind of Surrealist cups. So the orb on the side has this nice optic quality that creates a kind of lens. They were meant to evoke a point where the water and sky meet and there is not much visual distinction between them. That’s why we called them Sunrise Sunset—because they could be both or either, simultaneously or independently."
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Location: Greenville, South Carolina | @CR8_designstudios
"I’m from Anderson, South Carolina, born and raised," says Harrison. "I studied architecture and got a job as a courier at a design studio, where I was always behind the scenes watching, listening, asking questions. I went on to work at a high-end residential design firm in Charlotte, but I always felt something was missing. I wanted to be more hands-on, which landed me in custom furniture design."
"Everyone who engages with my work has a different experience. I hope there’s a little bit of complexity in every piece I make. Whenever someone gets a piece, there is some blood and sweat, some tears and sacrifice, that went into it. I hope all that energy resonates for whoever gets to enjoy it."
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Location: Taylorsville, North Carolina | @mgbwhome
"People can tell this is a well-made piece from the first time they see it and sit in it," says Jones, who has worked for the company for 19 years. "This is the furniture I have in my own home, and I’ve furnished both of my daughters’ homes as well. The quality of the work reflects who we are."
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New York City and High Point, North Carolina | @sabai.design
"We started Sabai in the summer of 2018 and launched our first line of sustainable but affordable seating products the next year with a sofa, an ottoman, and a sectional," says Phataraprasit. "We’re based in New York, but all our furniture is made by M&M Custom Upholstery Design here in High Point."
"I handle mostly product design, and one of our goals was to make furniture that is convenient. That meant it had to be flat-packed and easily assembled and disassembled—and eventually recycled—but also look like a cohesive product."
"Beyond that, we wanted to create something that had clean lines, was relatively modern, and could work in most homes. We use as little glue or chemicals as possible. There are high-end products that are more sustainable than ours, but they’re not accessible for people who are young or on a budget. We wanted to bring sustainable design to that demographic."
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Location: Warroad, Minnesota | @TheMarvinBrand
"Before I joined, I did my research about how the company does business and how they treat their employees," says Shade. "I found out it is a family-owned company and a people-oriented company. I really dig that. This is called Skycove—a pre-assembled window seat that’s not just a window, it’s a structure. It lets you add square footage to your home without building extra sticks."
"In our Modern department, we do all the prep work for the metal and for all the high-density fiberglass. Then those parts get put on a pit cart, delivered to the assembly line, and manually put together."
"Everyone who works on the line, they put their heart and soul into every window that’s made, and they know it’s made for a person and not just for a structure. It’s not even made for one person—it’s made for the next person who owns the house, too. Nowadays everything’s disposable, and we don’t do disposable. We build these to last."
Whether you’re taking on a renovation or just tired of the same old walls, U.S.-made window systems, shades, and wallpaper will improve your view.
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