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Here’s your chance to talk directly with the creative team behind our home and decorating content and merchandise. Learn what inspires them, what they love about their jobs, how they got started, and what American Made means to them. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and check back often to see the answers. Please remember to include your full name and hometown.
Q:What is your signature design aesthetic?
I'm a stylist—I love stuff. I fall in love with something almost daily and enjoy finding beauty in the commonplace. I respect the underlying rigor of Danish and Japanese design—the form and function, harmony in materials, as well as the emphasis on simplicity and serenity. I look to India and Italy for palettes, patinas, textiles, and textures, and to coastal cultures all over for comfort and artless style. America is where I have lived the longest, and it is home. The current American Made movement embodies all of these influences that I hold high—it is happening here, now! —Ayesha
Q:What does American Made mean to you?
It is a celebration and recognition of passion, creativity, and determination. —Kevin
Q:What are you looking for in a finalist?
I have a graphic-design background, so ideally I'm looking for the entire package: a distinct point of view that is strongly communicated through beautiful design, an engaging website, and strong visual elements. I want to see that spark of creativity and that you are invested in constantly evolving and improving your idea—essentially, businesses that achieve a sense of modern timelessness. But ultimately, I’m interested in the story behind your business and what inspires you as a maker. —Eric
Q:What is your best piece of advice for this year’s pool of nominees?
Stay in touch with your initial design vision. Be consistent with your design message. Be inquisitive and don’t become passive. Keep the momentum going and always understand who your audience is. —Marissa