American Made Furniture in High Demand in Asia
The above photo was taken in the Hickory Chair Showroom.
The rising middle class in Asia is clamoring to purchase American made furniture and considers it a status symbol for several reasons. They increasingly appreciate the quality, workmanship, and creativity coming out of US factories. Becoming more health conscience, they also want their home furnishings to be free of toxins and know that US factories maintain strict health standards for their products and employees too.
For those of us in the design community who might be skeptical and are leary of potential copying, I believe we can take heart. Our American creativity, ingenuity, and quality simply cannot be duplicated, and the increasingly affluent Asian middle class wants what only we can provide. See my article about the Hickory Chair University and Factory Tour.
My Asian partners came to High Point specifically looking for furniture made in America to incorporate into our American designs. This photo was taken at a fun restaurant during Market.
Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.
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