In all of the discussion about the negative effects of outsourcing, one solution rarely discussed is the hands-on one. John Reeves, founder of a small furniture manufacturing company that bears his name, dealt with the concerns of poor offshore working conditions by moving to Vietnam and starting a fabrication shop in person, building some fantastic, durable furniture along the way. The chairs, tables and benches he produces with his Vietnamese co-workers are cast in aluminum sourced from recycled engine blocks and conduit, and the results are curvaceous, solid and thoroughly modern.
One of the most seductive examples of sustainable manufacturing we've seen at the Javits this year, and the sort of object that might, as John points out, be "dug up from a field 500 years from now," still perfectly serviceable.
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