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Artisans & Crafts • Across the country, a rising tide of makers is emerging with enterprising new visions of their crafts and inspiring stories of tradition and innovation, risk and reward. Here, a definitive guide to shopping American-made
AN URBANE AWAKENING • Though a mainstay of American life, leather’s domestic legacy has leaned heavily rustic, with more polished options for interiors largely arriving by import (thank you, Italy). Until now: Here, four ingenious East Coast artisans
ROCK STARS • Stone artisans turn the semiprecious, from malachite to agate, into intriguing objets d’art and earthen filters for beautiful light to pass through.
Turning Up the Heat • Portland artist Andy Paiko ignites a beautiful match-up between form and function, along with a passion for preserving a delicate, ancient art form.
A LIVELY BUNCH • From the highly organic stylings of the early 20th century to marbleized finishes and urn-like shapes that feel almost European, modern ceramics emerge as centerpieces in their own right.
CONQUERING THE WEST • Along the Pacific Coast, studios old and new forge innovative paths in the spirit of the region’s early tile pioneers.
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK… • From a neglected fragment, a world can be rebuilt. That is the magic on offer at Adelphi Paper Hangings, the New York company revered for its re-creations of historic wallcoverings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Armed with the latest research on motifs, dyes, and practices of early decorative arts, Adelphi’s craftspeople block-print each sheet of new wallpaper by hand for an exquisite reach back in time.
Classics, Reinvented • Leah O’Connell’s debut fabrics call to mind history’s great American rooms—including those of her color-splashed upbringing.
Please Rise… • A look at two primitive chairs that shaped American households—and the subtle refinements bringing parlorworthy poise to the designs today.
All That Glitters • Carol Leskanic applies ancient techniques to modern silhouettes for furnishings that are equal parts regal and refined.
GOLD STANDARD • Modern foundries are producing highly artistic, made-to-order metalworks with full-on heirloom potential.
The Legacy Keepers • At once humble and high art, basket-weaving traditions tell stories across generations. Here, a look at how today’s makers are weaving the craft into a dialect all their own
Towering Legacy • Alabama’s Andrew Reid keeps early American bed traditions—and his family’s craft—alive with handmade reproductions.
Tale of theTape
FINISHING SCHOOL • A flurry of decorative studios are making bespoke walls available by the yard using materials from woven glass to mica.
A Place Among the Trees • A risky career change brought artist Diane Husson closer to the organic beauty around her—and the French-born art that celebrates it.
GARDEN PARTY • Never has alfresco seating been in such high demand, and American makers are extending enticing invitations to drop in and pull up a chair.
The Power of PLASTER • ITS EXTRAORDINARY ORNAMENTAL IMPRINT AND SOVEREIGN RISE TO DESIGN ROYALTY
NEVER A DULL MOMENT • Virtuoso feats of diamond artistry dial up the decadence on the latest fully pavéd timepieces, putting the skills of their makers...