What a blast!


I just got back from the Dwell on Design conference in L.A., and I had a really great time.  Michela O’Connor Abrams, the President of Dwell Media, invited me down to be a presenter at the conference.  Michela and I grew up together in L.A., but prior to last Friday, I hadn’t seen her in 45 years!  I can’t thank Michela enough for her very generous invitation to Dwell on Design.

Last Friday I had the very good fortune of participating in a panel discussion with the title “Can You Spot the Fake?  How Knockoffs Affect the Design Industry.”  I am the fella on the right.

dwell panel photo

My fellow panelists were Gregg Buchbinder, Chairman of Emeco, which makes amazing chairs including the famous “Navy” chair, textile designer, color consultant, and trend forecaster Laura Guido-Clark, and Dwell Deputy Editor Jaime Gillin.  The four of us had a wide-ranging discussion on the effects of knockoffs on companies like Emeco, on designers like Laura, and on members of our extended American family working in the American manufacturing sector.  If you want to read a brief discussion of what we talked about and see some more pictures, just click on this link.  I want to thank Gregg and Laura for educating me on the challenges they face having to deal with knockoffs and Jaime for keeping me on track!  If you want to read more about the conference, click on these links.

If you haven’t seen it yet, Dwell’s newest issue has a real Made in America focus.  They have a Made in the Midwest section that features great products like the Seven Lamp made by the Chicago design collective,

seven lamp

a Made in the Northeast Section that features products like a very cool jar made by Ben Fiess in Philadelphia,

ben fiess jar

and a Made in the South section that features great products like Elite Series Grater by Microplane in Russellville, Arkansas.  A steal at 17 bones.

microplane grater

I commend Dwell for their consistent and compelling efforts to promote products made by members of our extended American family across this great country of ours.  Now we just have to do our part: Buy the products our family members make!  If you need a new sofa, buy one made in North Carolina or in Washington State.  If you need jeans, buy a pair of Pointer Jeans.  If you need new table setting, buy flatware made by Liberty Tabletop.  The Pinehurst set is my favorite.

pinehurst flatware

Together, we can provide millions of new, middle-class jobs for our American brothers and sisters.  And what would be better than that!

About Simply American LLC

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at www.simply-american.com.
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