Dwell Magazine: Ain’t That America

Aaron Britt asked me to write a short piece about Americana-inspired interiors for the October issue of Dwell. The piece is entitled “Ain’t That America,” a tribute to John Mellencamp’s “Pink Houses.”  Accompanying the piece are photos and tidbits about several cool things still made in America. Other highlights in the issue, which is devoted entirely to things Made in America, include a profile of Jack White’s Rolling Records Store, the Cricket Trailer, and a nice write-up about the Finn Lofts, a new building in Wichita, Kansas. Fittingly, I was born just outside of Wichita.

I’ve come to be known for writing about things made right here at home, and I was thrilled to have the chance to write about it for a publication that’s come to be known as the bellwether in all things pertaining to design. Special thanks to Aaron and everyone at Dwell for the unique opportunity to write about something I love for a publication I’ve loved.

Do me a favor: please go to your local bookstore or newsstand and buy two or three copies of the October issue of Dwell. Let’s make it a best-seller.


  1. Andrew
    September 6, 2011

    Will be on the lookout for this issue. Congratulations!

  2. Michael Jakola
    September 13, 2011

    Love the Made in America issue… what a page turner. American designed, American built, American bought; what a concept. The %’s don’t lie. “From 27.9% GDP in 1951 down to 11.7% in 2010 our textile, electronics, appliance manufacfturing has cost America’s middle class hundreds of thousands of jobs”, Aaron Britt. And unfathomable lack of earnings and monies not being returned into our economy. What’s wrong with this picture? The good news as Dwell is pointing out “the sweetest words in American design lexicon : Made in America.

  3. unitedstyle
    September 21, 2011

    You made me pick up my first issue of Dwell in years. Nice piece. I liked their list of American-made stuff too. Hopefully it will spur some people to action.

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