A Shed In New York with Makers & Brothers

Published: March 27, 2014 under Craft

James Carroll will be hosting a workshop at A Shed in New York organized by Makers & Brothers

Photo: Makers & Brothers

Makers & Brothers were first introduced to us a couple of years ago at NoHo Design. The Irish based retailer shares our love of craft and the quality in everyday life objects. Though they primarily operate online they also manage an outpost out of their modern shed in Dublin. This May, during Design Week, Makers and Brothers will be returning with “A Shed in New York.” They’ll be rebuilding their tin shed in the garden of The Standard, East Village. The outpost will include a selection of Irish design craft and a workshop hosted by James Carroll. He’ll be carving wooden spoons with locally sourced wood. “A Shed in New York” will take place May 15th to the 20th. We’ll be sure to remind you as the date draws closer.

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By Tom Ran

Published: January 21, 2014 under Craft

Custom kitchen tools made from solid American black walnut from OnOurTable.

Photo: OnOurTable

The husband and wife team, Geoffrey Lilge and Cindy Lazarenko founded OnOurTable in 2012. Lilge a furniture designer and Lazarenko a celebrated chef in Edmonton, Canada started the company with a common interest in the kitchen. What began as a project for her restaurant with custom made cutting boards and trays quickly turned into a product line of kitchen tools for everyday use. Word quickly spread as they started crafting unique tools for other restaurants including Blue hill at Stone Barns. All their products are designed and made in-house from solid American black walnut. They recently announced their 2014 collection with an array of cutting boards, trays and accessories.

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Slow by Design

By Tom Ran

Published: January 3, 2014 under Craft

Slow by Design, a series of workshops based on the slow movement at Headlands Center for the Arts.

Photo: Headlands Center for the Arts

Just across the Golden Gate Bridge you’ll find a series of rolling hills with the most stunning views of San Francisco, Oakland and other parts of the bay area. Embedded within these hills is the Headlands Center for the Arts. Once a military base, it’s been transformed into an art center for residencies, exhibitions, and programs. For the winter, the Headlands will be hosting a series of design workshops based on the slow movement. Each workshop will be devoted to a subject that has been influenced by the movement, starting with woodworking, followed by fashion and ending with food. Participants will be taken through traditional and emerging techniques in each of the subjects and will get hands on sessions with crafters, farmers and designers. Each Slow by Design session will take place over a three day weekend with options to stay over night at the center. General prices start at $275 per person and $235 for members.

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MADE Quarterly / Hole & Corner

By Tom Ran

Published: December 11, 2013 under Craft

Hole & Corner issue two and the third issue of MADE Quarterly.

Photo: Hole & Corner / MAKER Quarterly

A couple of craft oriented magazines from overseas have just released their latest issues. MADE Quarterly continues its coverage of makers from around the world, in their latest edition they visit the duo behind Fort Standard in Brooklyn and artist Jean-Philippe Delhomme in Paris. They investigate the micro-distillery Our/Vodka in Berlin and speak to Austrailian based photographer Michele Aboud. From London comes the second installment of Hole & Corner, “a magazine that spend more time doing than talking.” They interview a bespoke surfboard shaper and motorcycle builder and unearth treasures from the Museum of British Folklore. Though craft has been a constant discussion in our corner of the world, the success of these magazines abroad gives us comfort that the movement is still going strong.

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Analogue Life

By Tom Ran

Published: October 8, 2013 under Craft

Owners of Analogue Life, Ian Orgias and Mitsue Iwakoshi.

Photo: Barry Whittaker

Our daily lives are turning more and more digital each day. Though analog is a thing of the past it is still admired and cherished. For Ian Orgias and Mitsue Iwakoshi they’ve named their shop after this way of life. The couple opened Analogue Life in 2009, ironically as a website first and a physical store two years later, to showcase and sell some of the best contemporary Japanese crafts. Daily objects like spoons, tea cups, and plates have been elevated to art forms. Crafted by artisans who still use traditionally methods to create these tools. Precious as they may seem, the artisans insists that they be used for their intended purpose rather than displayed as art objects. Ian Orgias took us through the origins of Analogue Life and the craft community within Japan in our latest feature.

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By Tom Ran

Published: September 3, 2013 under Craft

Mike Abelson in the Postalco studio

Photo: Barry Whittaker

Postalco is one of those rare brands that operate on their own terms. The quality of their products is only matched by the integrity their work. Owners Mike Abelson and his wife Yuri have been operating Postalco for over a decade, launching the brand in Brooklyn and eventually moving it to Tokyo. Throughout the years we would see Postalco products at many of our favorite shops, inspecting them thoroughly and purchasing a few of their leather goods. We were curious to learn more about the people behind the brand. So we reached out to Mike Ableson and had several conversations with him and visited his studio in Tokyo to learn more about Postalco’s early years, current projects and future developments. Read our interview now.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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