Brooklyn designer Lindsey Adelman:
Agnes Candelabra Chandelier, part of the debut collection of New York lighting label, Roll & Hill. (Photographer: Joseph De Leo).
Was it disgust over the recent Gulf spill or that nasty scare we had in 2008 over the cost of oil? Shipping costs went up as the economy went down. Whether it's financial woes or environmental concerns, interior designers are looking locally and regionally for their materials. Both New York's Matter design shop and the new Brooklyn lighting company Roll & Hill launched their first in-house collections with an emphasis on local and American designers. At Voos Furniture in Williamsburg, two Turks have been selling the work of Brooklyn designers exclusively. The fact that the pieces come from close to home adds value to the purchase. Co-owner Serap Demirag says it's not just about buying a piece of furniture that catches the eye: "In most cases, the client gets a chance to meet the designer who designed and fabricated the piece. They talk - about their kids or how the piece was made - and the piece becomes more than just a piece of furniture. It becomes an object with a story, a conversation piece, and our clients love that aspect of it." They also feel the satisfaction of creating an interior bedecked with objects that are unique, pieces that they will not see anywhere else.
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