To me, owning something purchased directly from it's maker, so to speak, gives the item a feeling of being sacred. I cherish it for years to come. risd|works is perfect for those of us that don't want everything we own to be stamped, "Made in China". Here's an aluminum kitchen timer that I like for only $15 from Jozeph Forakis, Industrial Designer.
The "Meep" pendant light with a die-cut birch veneer is as unique as it is beautiful for $260 by James Dieter, Industrial designer.
For $40, you can enjoy a beautiful glazed stoneware bowl from artist/designer Dwo Wen Chen.
(Photos: All photos are various product shots of items mentioned above. All photos from risd|works.)