At the Brooklyn Designs show this year I was pleasantly surprised with fresh and innovative furniture design, made...well in Brooklyn. "Grow House Grow" showed a small collection of handprinted wallpapers that you'd think they came from the U.K.
Levent & Romme used unexpected material to create textured headboards, divider screens and lantens. And if you are like most people who have a desk filled w/ cables and electronics then TMR's "SideWired" desk and sidetables will be the answer to your ergonomic prayers. Their furniture is designed with outlets so you can plug your monitor or your ipod right to your desk. Visual clutter, no more.
So hats off to all of you Brooklyn designers..."Italy" is just a five letter word.