In the Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, One Designer's Studio Welcomes Community Participation

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Image courtesy of Asher Dunn

American designer, Asher Dunn has recently launched his own line of furniture which takes a contemporary approach to locally manufactured and designed furniture. All of the items have been made using FSC-certified materials and low-VOC finishes, but even more interesting is the fact that they are manufactured right in Rhode Island. On that note, most of the names for the products have been derived from the names of locations in the area.In addition to his work as an industrial designer, Asher is an entrepreneur who has created a studio environment in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, called Keeseh (the Hebrew word for chair). This studio allows designers and artists to rent affordable work space and have access to a wide variety of tools and computer controlled cutting equipment. The studio focuses mostly on furniture and related housewares products but also offers classes, equipment, and assistance to those looking to create their own skateboards, guitars, and much more.

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Image courtesy of Asher Dunn

Rhode Island has a long history of industry and mass production. In fact, Pawtucket was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America. This mill town is home to the oldest mill in America, Samuel Slater Mill, the first commercially successful cotton-spinning mill with a fully mechanized power system.

His work recently debuted at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in Manhattan where his company won the Editors' Award for best New Designer. To learn more visit

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