On Sunday, Domestic, an interior design showcase featuring American made products (previously mentioned here and here), will be hosting a pop-up shop carrying housewares that have been featured in the installations. The event is being put on by Made & State, an online publication that spotlights domestically made design products, so I spoke with founder Jasmine Vaughan about the event, her publication and the importance of American made design.
Vaughan is an interior designer herself who spent a year in Italy for grad school. While there she noticed "they kept pounding into our heads (the virtues of) made in Italy design," and it occurred to her that part of the reason Italian design is so highly regarded around is because the Italians know how to talk it up so well. She came to the conclusion that American made design could benefit from the same kind of efforts to promote it, so after returning to the US, she launched M&S. Since then she has noticed a shift in peoples' buying habits as "consumers care more and more about where things are made
When discussing American made design products, Vaughan feels that "the conversation (about) being proud of our design talent is more important than the economic conversation," as she points out that if beautifully designed, high quality products are made in the US, the economic benefits of having more domestic manufacturing will follow. Still, she points out that consumers of American made design products "care not only about the aesthetic but about the quality (and) the story of the person who made it," as well as the economics.
When choosing the designers to participate in Domestic, Vaughan says she "tried to pick those who haven't had a place to showcase their design," adding that "the only place I know in town (showcasing local interior design) is Street of Dreams," which focuses primarily on classic style rather than quirky, unconventional design. For this show she wanted viewers to be "surprised that there are these high quality, really sexy, cool products" being made in America. Vaughan adds that the designers she approached for the showcase are all "people I've admired from afar," and, miraculously, all of them agreed to participate.
The pop-up shop will run from 11am-8pm on Sunday. Get more details and purchase tickets here.
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