JoslynArt Museum is the current home to the exhibit The Art of Seating: 200 Years of

JoslynArt Museum is the current home to the exhibit The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design.  The exhibit features a collection of 40 chairs drawn from the Jacobsen Collection of American Art and organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida. The chairs provide a fascinating representation of the development of American design and the Decorative Arts. The line that separates the Fine Arts and the Decorative Arts has never been very solid. This display does nothing to make it more so, but maybe that is unnecessary. The exhibit features seating that is more sculpture than chair, and seats that are pure canvas to the artist’s whims. Some move, some rock, some might make your chiropractor apoplectic. But they all represent a time, a design philosophy, and American ingenuity. The Art of Seating excels as an acknowledgement of the variety and depth of American design and innovation. It may be easy to cite gaps in any collection, and there may be some here, but it seemed a contiguous representation of different styles, movements and manufacturing processes. Quite a few of the chairs in this collection were designed by famous architects; Saarinen, Wright, ...

Even With Tariffs, Some Companies Struggle To Beat China

A woodworker making furniture in Asheville, North Carolina. China has taken a larger chunk of U.S. furniture manufacturing and is doing the same now with kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities. Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg Beating China at its own game is a moving target. And you’re trying to strike it blindfolded, usually facing the other direction. Despite tariffs on plywood and other items, one industry with around 250,000 employees nationwide is struggling to keep up with the inroads China is making here in the U.S. A massive American flag is splashed on the website of Jeffersonville, Indiana-based cabinet builders, Kitchen Kompact. It takes up the entire page, frozen and unfurled, with the hint of cherry kitchen cabinets barely visible. In writing across the stars and stripes: family-owned, Made in the U.S.A. “We have been reducing work hours, slowing production lines done, doing everthing we can to hold on,” says John Gahm, the company’s owner, talking about competition from China.  “It’s not because of the economy. Construction is doing well. Remodeling is doing well. It’s imports from China that’s making a serious impact now.” Kitchen Kompact woodworkers build out the ca...