Pity the American contemporary-furniture designer.
By Julie Taraska
September 16, 2009
His international peers deride him, saying that not since the 1940s and ’50s, when the Modernist giants George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames roamed the earth, has a notable talent emerged from the States. Domestic manufacturers won’t hire him, since furniture companies are either so large that they can’t support a niche offering or so small that they only want a sure thing. The American public doesn’t see the value of his work, preferring a cheap Wal-Mart chair to the one that he thoughtfully constructed. There are no national programs to support our designer. And the American press—well, they keep ignoring him, too. (Damn those shelter magazines, too busy coordinating window treatments and throw pillows to look critically at product design!)
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