Short Film on Viola Maker Nicholas Frirsz

It’s always compelling to be able to share not only a beautiful creation with you, our readers, but a history and a heritage too. Which is why I’m rather eager to showcase the story of Nicholas Frirsz who’s a fifth generation luthier, someone who makes or repairs lutes and other string instruments. In this eight minute short film we get to hear of how he got involved in this family tradition. Now based in New York, Nicholas …

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Alvar Aalto Vases

I’ve become quite spontaneous with my posts here on the site, I used to use this space as a place to showcase random bits and bobs with no direct meaning but as time’s passed my taste has become much for refined and the direction of this website has become a lot clearer. I guess I want to offer something different to everything else out there and to ultimately have our own flavour and taste. Something I think …

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The Artek Open Archives

My loved ones over Christmas were kind enough to buy me several books that I’ve been yearning for over the past year, firstly ‘Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible’ which I’ve yet to dig into, and also ‘Alvar Aalto, Through the Eyes of Shigeru Ban’ which is one I’m currently reading. Even though it’s extremely long, a few paragraphs into the book and it got me thinking about his career and what influenced it, a company …

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Admiring the Work of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright

As time goes by working here on the site it’s seems that a trend is starting to appear where I’m referencing less and less creatives from the present and more from the past. Barbara Hepworth was perhaps the most notable individual recently given the fact that she passed in 1975, so today I’m going to continue this running theme once more as we delve into the history of inspiring American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. I think what …

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Works by Irish Furniture Designer Joseph Walsh

I’ve decided to bring across something a little more contemporary than what we’ve regularly been looking at here on the site, as I was really taken aback by the shire craftsmanship and vision that furniture designer Joseph Walsh presents through his creations. Founding his studio in 1999 Joseph has worked hard to craft his own creative path, self teaching himself everything he knows while pushing the boundaries …

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Imagery of Hans J. Wegner & his creations

Not too long ago Mark brought across some really beautiful looks at the work of internationally celebrated Dane Hans J Wegner, so I thought it would be a little while yet until we’d be visiting his work again. However I was browsing through a few of my favourite destinations on the web earlier and came across these charming photos that I hadn’t seen shared elsewhere, so I couldn’t resist snapping them up. They basically …

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Imagery from Andrea Brugi

Floating around the web last night I stumbled across these great rustic looks from carpenter and all round creative Andrea Brugi, who has been kind enough to share a little behind the scenes of his working world. Browsing through these it quickly became evident how much Andrea lives and breathes a creative lifestyle, which could be described as a bohemian alternative to the traditional way of living. I think what’s most impre …

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Derek Wilson Shot by journeyfor for The Bureau

The Bureau in Belfast have been merging their creative talents and their outlet for promotion with Belfast filmmaking studio journeyfor. First it was a short film showcasing the inside of their shop, now they get together to highlight a creative named Derek Wilson through this short film below. Derek happens to be an artist and ceramicist who shares his opinions not only on craftsmanship but also on good design and what …

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Hans J. Wegner, Danish Furniture Designer

Well this is what I like to find, a website full of inspiring imagery by one of my favourite furniture designers Hans J. Wegner. Hans was born in 1914 in Tønder, Denmark and was the son of a shoemaker originally starting out as an apprentice cabinetmaker before working as an architect in 1938. At a young age Wegner collaborated with Danish architect and designer Arne Jacbosen, an individual who we will …

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Set of Ceramics by Martin Goerg

We’re heading to Germany this morning but don’t worry it’s only on a virtual level. This time in aid of visiting the works of a ceramicist who’s really impressed me recently named Martin Georg, so I’ve gathered up a handful of my favourite creations and have showcased them all below. The thing that really excited me about Martins portfolio was his appetite to create larger scale pieces as well as the intricate smaller projects which …

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The Men of Distinction Series, Episode One

We showcased The Motleys introduction to the Men of Distinction series twelve days ago now, so it made sense for us to highlight the first episode in the series for all of us to view today. For those that didn’t catch the introduction, the series basically embodies the spirt of the entrepreneur following a handful of men who live very distinct lifestyles. In this short film today we get introduced to Taylor Pemberton a young aspirational …

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Design Within Reach Presents : John Kostick

I’ve really enjoyed the short films that Design Within Reach have been creating so I think it’s about time we brought something across from the good folks over there. Today they’re introducing us to designer John Kostick who created his collapsable sculptures back in 1965, which are so simplistic and are rather mesmerising structurally. In the film below he talks a little on their design process and how in many …

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