Standing out from others at the Javits Center this weekend was the furniture duo hailing from the rust belt land of Cleveland. Jason Radcliffe of Forty Four Steel partnered with Freddy Hill of Bomb Factory Furniture to exhibit a few thought-provoking and well-crafted pieces. Jason works in metal and showcased his "Mouse" desk; Freddy works in wood and displayed an intricately-detailed cabinet.
"We have a huge 1200-square-foot space—our own workshop, freight elevator, and a bunch more all for $330 a month," said Freddy, which elicited gasps from those gathered around his booth (who were all clearly New Yorkers). They've been working on mostly customized pieces in the past, but want to branch out to a more mainstream market—which has been a challenge in Cleveland. "Yet despite those challenges, there's about 10-15 of us really making it and cultivating design, creativity, and collaborative spirit in the area."