Furniture from Carl Hansen & Son

I’m always fascinated how our content tends to develop trends unintentionally, one post on a particular topic often leads to succession in this area without us even realising. So after yesterday’s delve into the portfolio of Italian furniture designer Marco Guazzini I’ve been revisiting and enjoying what Carl Hansen & Son have going on over on their respective website, which for those who haven’t visited before highlights a selection …

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Damascus Steel Knife Making by John Neeman

I thought I’d bring another familiar face back into the fold today as we revisit the work of traditional craftsman John Needman and his “Birth of a Tool” film series, which documents one of his tools being lovingly put together by hand. Previously I’d brought across the first instalment of the project where many of us enjoyed seeing one of his beautiful axes being cast and hammered into …

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Short Film Introducing Beam & Anchor

As we pass through a period of good will and spirit, I wanted to showcase a short film I came across this morning that shares the story of a company that’s based around this very same community feel. Once again we are heading over to the creative hub that is Portland, Oregan as Matt Pierce introduces us to Beam and Anchor, the brain child of furniture reclaimer Robert Rahm who has setup a creative studio harbouring various …

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Short Film on Japanese Potter Koichi Ohara

The sensibilities of Japanese craft and design have been a constant influence on the work we do here and the projects we like to highlight, so I’m sure it wasn’t a surprise when we introduced Rieko Fujimoto into the shop at the tail end of last week. We are constantly making connections in this part of the world at the moment because there seems to be a real abundance of individuals creating from scratch with an eye for traditional techniques …

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Handmade Lights by Lam Quang and Kestrel Gates

I think an overriding sense of what we are striving to create here is a space where alternate ideas, concepts and ultimately products in our online shop can be shared and supported. So with this in mind, I became fond of the project of Lam Quang and Kestrel Gates this morning who run their own little independent venture dedicated to creating handmade lights and lamps for around the …

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Sara Flynn Exhibition at Erskine, Hall & Coe

I thought we’d return with a little update on Erskine, Hall and Coe today as they run a great deal of exhibitions that are well worth making a trip to see. They introduced me previously to the work of Mexican artist Gustavo Perez, which I highlighted to a few of you here, and today I was pleased to come across an artist working a bit closer to home, Sara Flynn who’s based in Cork, Ireland. Her exhibition at Erskine closes on Thursday so I …

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Series of Ceramics by Mary Kay Botkins

I thought I’d come through with a little ceramic work this afternoon to compliment what we’ve already curated so far this week. So once again I scoured around the various creative networks to see what I could come up with and I landed upon the page of Mary Kay Botkins, who I have to admit I’m not all that familiar with. Based in East Dundee, Iiinois Mary is a potter who creates some quite fascinating objects that are designed for function, yet take …

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Short Film on Wire Sculptor Rodger Stevens

It feels great to return to an artist, creative or craftsman and offer them a little further coverage, given many of these independents are on quite a personal journey with their work, it’s interesting to see what makes each one tick. I thought today we’d revisit the work of New York based Rodger Stevens who Mark highlighted previously, with many of us enjoying seeing his quirky and playful wire sculptures. I’d certainly not come across …

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Short Film on Sheldon Cooney

Part of what we do here is keeping our noses to the ground and unearthing those creative independents that are tucked away in the lesser-known corners of the web. The creation of glass is a process that I’ve personally become more and more fascinated by over the years, although recently I’ve been struggling to find individuals working in the medium. Thankfully I was kindly pointed towards the brainchild of Elaine Sheldon and Dominic …

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Ceramics by James and Tilla Waters

I thought I’d highlight a series of ceramics from a little closer to home today as I’ve brought across the work of husband and wife team James and Tilla Waters who run their own studio from an isolated farm in Mid Wales. Given we are fascinated by a minimal outlook when it comes to functional ware it was really refreshing to come across work that was both simplistic and decorative. This is a real hard balance to find for us as too much and it’s …

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Selection of Imagery from Carlie Armstrong

After highlighting Jennifer Causey and her Brooklyn Makers book the other day I came across another photographer that’s passionate about sharing some American creativity. Tonight I thought I’d give her work a showcase here because I’m a big fan of what she’s trying to do with her own project and felt it deserved a bit more attention. Much like Jennifer, Carlie Armstrong is in awe of the collective artisanal movement going on in her area and …

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Mogu-Kagu Wood Furnishings & Design

I hope you’ll excuse the influx of Japanese designers that have shown up on the blog lately, it wasn’t intentional. When you own quite a personal blog like ours you have to go with the flow and pick out what’s inspiring you at that moment in time, but it’s quite apparent that a lot of good work is coming from that side of the world. I’m constantly on the hunt for good designers that we can either showcase in the shop or feature on the blog …

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