Question: While in the publication/magazine industry you have seen manufacturing processes and construction change over the years. How do you think this change impacted designers?
Answer: I cannot truly address the technical aspect of manufacturing and construction, but I can speak to how the return to domestic manufacturing has impacted interior designers in that it has provided nearly unlimited possibility when it comes to specifying unique product for their clients. Domestic production gives designers a wealth of options programs as well as true customization, in some cases. Casegoods finishing programs, as well, that can do any color match, offer a candy shop of pattern finishes and motifs and hardware choices, are key when as part of the designer’s value is bringing something no one else has to the table. Prior to COVID, keeping it local also generally meant short to reasonable lead times for custom goods. generally shorter lead times.
Additionally, digital rendering, AR and other software programs – ones where designers can apply a finish or fabric to frame, for example – used to usher the manufacturing process along allow designers to see the end result, and they can in turn show their clients, making the selling of custom product easier. Not to mention 3D printing and its mesmerizing ability to realize models and print to-scale goods.