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The Art of: 12th Avenue Iron

In our October 2012 issue, we profiled Tom Kundig's new hardware line, a collaboration between the esteemed Seattle architect ("prince of architectural gizmos," as the story branded him) and the custom metalwork shop 12th Avenue Iron. Kundig's collection of cut-and-folded steel accessories—25 cabinet pulls, rollers, door knockers, and knobs—is intended to make architect-designed hardware accessible to consumers.

Ironworker working with metal at 12th Avenue Iron in Seattle.
A new film from Kontent Partners explores the collaboration between 12th Avenue Iron and architect Tom Kundig.

Kundig's collaboration with 12th Avenue Iron is the subject of a new video by Kontent Partners, the first in a series called "The Art of:" "The Art of: Series" will celebrate the craft, passion and people who make desired and sought-after objects of design.

Kontent's founder, Craig Brooks, first discovered the artful metal shop while documenting one of Kundig's recent residential commissions, a house designed for Lou Maxon and his family. (Maxon chronicled the design process and early stages of construction in a 26-part Backstory series for Dwell.com, and on his Maxon House website—well worth a read for anyone curious to see what it *really* takes—the highs and lows; the blood sweat and tears—to build a modern home from scratch).

Here, a glimpse into 12th Avenue Iron's credo, method of working, and their design collaboration with Kundig:

Kontent Partners also produced a shorter video that focuses on Kundig's hardware line:

Stay tuned—Kontent Partners plans to roll out additional films in the series in the coming months...

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