In light of the recent election, there has been much talk about Make America Great Again. Well, I have news for you. It already is great. One of the key talking points has been creating jobs for Americans. Well, I have to tell you one-way consumers, interior designers, architects, contractors and other tradespeople can do that. Start buying products that are produced in America by American workers and put your money in local, small businesses.
Over the past several months, I have begun to ask vendors where they are manufacturing. Moving forward, we are making strong efforts to support showrooms and vendors that produce goods in the United States. We no longer support companies that are producing inferior products of poor quality and craftsmanship that are massed produced in factories in countries that do not pay their people livable wages.
In addition, we are making a consorted effort to support our local small business owners who are producing furniture, textiles, wall coverings, floor coverings, and other goods right here in Los Angeles.
Quintus Home produces furniture manufactured in Los Angeles. I have to commend, Jobst Blachy, CEO of Quitus Home. Not only is he producing fine furniture in Los Angeles, he also has a group of artisan partners that are creating handcrafted wall coverings, like Paper Mills and Studio Bel Vetro with artisans that design and fabricate unique, luxury lighting. In addition, Mr. Blachy is a humanitarian. From now until the inauguration, 5% of their sales will be going to organizations that support equal rights for ALL people, including: Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood, and Everytown For Gun Safety.
Rose Tarlow Melrose House is another luxury trade showroom that produces handcrafted, artisan furniture here locally in Los Angeles. For over thirty years, RTMH has been producing furniture of the highest quality and craftsmanship.
My drapery workroom, Ramos Designs in based in North Hollywood. It is a small, family owned and operated business. They produce window treatments from simple roman shades to the most elaborate designs. The drapery hardware they use is custom designed for each project and fabricated here in Los Angeles.
Gina Bershnieder Furniture is based right here in Los Angeles. In addition to their own line of furniture and upholstery, they create one-of-a-kind pieces. Designers, quit taking the easy road. Design something custom for your clients that no one else will have. We have the resources right here for you to imagine it, design it, create it, and control the quality and craftsmanship down to the finite details.
Brian Klass is the only person in town that I used to make cabinets for my projects. Dan Wade and I have collaborated together on a number of custom millwork projects. He comes with decades of knowledge. He will sit down with my clients and explain to them exactly what they are getting and work with them and their budget to give the highest quality product and sees to it that excellence in design, service, and quality are consistent every step of the way.
The Machina Group is a local contractor. Over the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best contractors across the world. The Machina Group takes pride in their work. Every detail counts. There 30 plus years of combined knowledge and experience is paramount in creating the design, providing unparrelled service to discerning clients, and creating an experience that clients want to use them time and time again – and refer them to their friends and family. As a designer, they are the only ones I let do any work on my house. If that isn’t a promotion, I don’t know what is.
Designers this is a call to action. We must take a stand. We must stop designing down to a price. We must educate our clients. We must support our local, small business owners and workrooms.
Consumers this is also a call to action for you. We must start asking where the products we purchase are being manufactured. We must stop making decisions based on the bottom line. We must start purchasing products of quality and craftsmanship and say no to inferior products that are massed produced in countries where they do not support livable wages for their employees.
This is an economic decision. This is a human rights decision. This is a decision that makes DESIGN and AMERICA great.
Yes, we know that producing fine home décor in America comes with an additional price tag. Isn’t it well worth it to invest in our own people and small business owners?