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Re:Crafted, by Marc Kristal

I finally got my hands on a copy of contributing editor Marc Kristal's lush new book, Re:Crafted: Interpretations of Craft in Contemporary Architecture and Interiors, which was published by the Monacelli Press this past spring. The twenty-five projects he profiles are eclectic—an over-the-top villa for a Chinese industrialist; a graphic 'outdoor room' in a San Francisco backyard; a glacier-inspired arts complex in Oslo—but they all share a modern, expanded (and sometimes exploded) sense of 'craft,' and they've all been built in the past decade. Kristal acknowledges that the notion of 'craft' is rather hard to pin down: "It may seem easily discernible. But the more you see—the more you realize how many forms it takes, and how imaginatively it can be interpreted—the more resistant craft becomes to easy explanation," he says. This book is his attempt to "encourage a more flexible understanding of the craft influence and how it can be used to enrich the whole of the built environment."
September 2, 2010
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Nathan Vincent

When I first stumbled upon designer Nathan Vincent's work, I immediately knew I'd found something unique. Using crochet as a method to make traditionally masculine objects, Vincent challenges feminine and masculine stereotypes. In this Q&A, the artist talks about his beginnings, an upcoming collaboration with Jonathan Adler, and his fabric urinal.  
April 7, 2010
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Glass Jar Terrariums

Terrariums have once again taken off--just like Indie Mart founder Kelly Malone's San Francisco craft space Workshop. Malone opened Workshop in September 2009 and has since been selling out classes on screen printing, sewing, cake decorating, mixology, and more. My colleague Jordan Kushins and I were bitten by the terrarium bug a few months ago, so we signed up for Malone's glass jar terrarium class with our colleague Dakota Keck and our friend Tara.   
April 2, 2010
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From Frankfurt: Heimtextil

January in Frankfurt is pretty darn cold, so it feels fitting to be here at Heimtextil browsing all the lush materials that are changing the way we make ourselves at home. It’s the 40th year of the fair, and the Messe Frankfurt fairground is beyond expansive. 2,500 booths spanning nearly 340,000 square meters of exhibition space feature bed, bath, and table linens and accessories, wall, floor, and window coverings, an entire hall is devoted to suppliers from Asia, and a dedicated trends section exploring the look and feel of the forecasted fashions for 2010 and 2011.
January 16, 2010

Mini Mania

During the holidays a friend sent me a link to these pendants of miniature classic mid-century modern chairs. The tiny metal necklaces include the Mies Barcelona chairs, Eames molded plywood, Saarinen tulip chairs, and more. There's regretfully little information on them, other than their spot in the online shop of their creators, Montreal-based Bruxe Design. Somehow, though, this discovery led me down a wormhole of miniatures and I found Mini Modern, an awe-inspiring blog dedicated to—you guessed it—modern miniatures.
January 6, 2010
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Etsy Picks

December 15, 2009
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The Sheep Who Made Your Pouf

The stream of amazing projects that emerge from students at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands is never-ending. This week I've come across one from an alum of the school who has spent the last few years producing work related to the output and lifecycle of livestock. Christien Meindertsma spent a summer in a village in Wales, shearing sheep and knitting with their wool—one article or product per animal. The resulting collection became a brand called Flocks, the ongoing product of which is the Urchin Pouf.
December 10, 2009
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December 9, 2009