The next destination in our month-long road trip is the northeastern United States. Not only rich with American history, this region is also home to many talented artisans that produce hand-crafted, heirloom-quality furnishings:
GREAT BARRINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS
This small town in western Massachusetts is home to textile artists Peter Fasano and Elizabeth Hamilton. The husband and wife duo own a design studio where they produce their own collections of hand-crafted, stylish fabrics and wallcoverings. Each product is hand silk-screened, with some containing hand-painted details, giving these products a unique character that machine printing cannot replicate. Because each is individually crafted, they have the ability to be completely customized as the paints used in the designs are individually mixed on site. In fact, custom orders account for about 40% of their work. Check out this video by Quintessence for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their space.
– Available at Rozmallin, Suite 60
PAWTUCKET, RHODE ISLAND
The furnace burns 24 hours a day at Tracy Glover’s glassblowing studio, with molten glass ready to be molded into an assortment of custom lighting and accessories items. Each piece is made to order using time-honored Venetian glassblowing techniques. The possibilities are truly limitless with her lighting collection of table and floor lamps, wall sconces, and pendants with a large variety of choices for the proportion and shape of base components, glass color, lampshade fabric, metal finishes and lamping.
– Available at Marie-Howard Showroom, Suite 119
McCONNELLSVILLE, NEW YORK
Our next stop brings us to upstate New York, where a fifth generation furniture company has been practicing environmentally sustainable manufacturing for more than 167 years. Harden Furniture sources all the wood for their furniture on a 10,000 acre forest that the company owns and maintains with their on-site forestry division. Additionally, the company owns and operates a sawmill adjacent to the forest, making them one of only a few furniture manufacturers that own their own woodlands and sawmill operations. To get a closer look at this eco-friendly company, take a virtual tour of their factory here.
– Available at Decoroom, Suite 37
NEW YORK CITY
Our final stop brings us to the bright lights and skyscrapers of the Big Apple, where Michigan-native Allison Goldenstein creates hand-cut, stained glass tiles out of her Midtown Manhattan studio. Her company, Allison Eden Studios, creates custom glass mosaic designs that can be found in various venues around the world including The Venetian in Macau, The Wynn Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan, Sidra Medical Center-Qatar, Atlantis Bahamas, The Plaza Hotel, The Ritz Carlton Hotels, The Mandarin Oriental, and many more hotels, casinos and homes worldwide. The imperfect cut lines give the glass tiles added character that when fully installed, can enhance any space with a unique mosaic that is truly eye-catching.
– Available at Beaver Tile and Stone, Suite 101
Check back next week as we head out west for the third leg of MDC’s “All-American Road Trip.” Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as we will be featuring more All-American products throughout the entire month!