After a sold-out, standing-room only viewing of the new Handmade Nation movie in San Francisco, I got in touch with director Faythe Levine (author of a book by the same name) to discuss the evolving role of craft culture in today’s changing commercial landscape, and where to begin looking for handmade goods if you’re a novice to the scene. Levine is a lifelong “maker” with a passion for creating and encouraging others to take joy in doing the same.
Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Sebastian Wrong, Design Development Director for the UK-based Established & Sons. He was in San Francisco to introduce his work at DZINE, a modern design showroom in the city and the exclusive northern California carrier of E&S furniture and lighting.
Whether or not you regard spring as an opportunity for spring cleaning, Inhabitat encourages you to do some spring greening, with their first annual Spring Greening contest, a smart challenge that suggests substituting your seasonal decluttering purge with creative reuse and rehab of old worn-out objects.
What’s in a name? If you’re Muuto, it’s a mission statement. Inspired by the Finnish word “muutos,” meaning “change” or “new perspective,” the Scandinavian company has most certainly made good on living up to their moniker.
House Industries recently made a mark with their heavy ampersand. Now they’ve turned their typographic attentions to a different kind of design icon. Their new Girard Collection celebrates the work of Alexander Girard, stalwart Herman Miller star whose patterns and textiles imbued the basic fabric of mid-century modernism with a spirited aesthetic and unprecedented burst of color.
Environment is inspiration for British-born, New Zealand–based David Trubridge, but eco-design is a label he eschews: “We do everything we can, but this greenwashing trend can create a dangerous complacency.” Trubridge’s sculptural wooden pendant lamps have achieved ubiquity in the window displays of Design Within Reach showrooms across the country, and he recently produced a unique outdoor hanging sculpture for the new King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.
In this installment of My Favorite Thing, designer Arik Levy shares his deep appreciation for the simple beauty of a dried pomegranate. Don't forget to submit your own favorite thing and take part in our next giveaway!