The Art of: 12th Avenue Iron

By Jaime Gillin / Published by Dwell
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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.

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.

A new film from Kontent Partners explores the collaboration between 12th Avenue Iron and architect Tom Kundig.

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...

Jaime Gillin

@jaimegillin

When not writing, editing, or combing design magazines and blogs for inspiration, Jaime Gillin is experimenting with new recipes, traveling as much as possible, and tackling minor home-improvement projects that inevitably turn out to be more complex than anticipated.

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