Monthly Archives: May 2012

Home-Made Europe: the DIY geniuses shaking up design | Art and design |


Home-Made Europe: the DIY geniuses shaking up design | Art and design |

This is an excellent article that refers back to Justin Mc Guirk’s writing on ‘craft fetishism’ … the romance of skill and process… with a little dose of British eccentricity !


Cool Hunting Rough Cut: The Ice Ball


Cool Hunting Rough Cut: The Ice Ball.

This is a beautiful little video on the value of not rushing things … even in making a quality ice cube for a glass of whisky …

States of Design 11: Handmade Design – Design – Domus

This is an excellent article :

Over the past 18 years or so, while designers were grappling with 3D printing, objects’ lifecycles and recycles, footprints and Linden dollars, crafts have quietly pervaded not only the discussion but also the practice of design. By “crafts” we do not mean the codecraft of programmers or the tinkering of digital and post-digital hackers—for that we recommend the essay on Thinkering in Domus 948. Rather, here we are talking about designers getting their hands really dirty, which for some also means getting their consciences clean.

The loaded history of crafts is once again timely, with its antagonism towards mass production, tinged with ethical implications, coupled with new conditions in the world and in the market—from a general awareness of the environmental crisis, to the attempt to price and sell design differently to appeal to art collectors. Exhibitions and conferences abound, most recently with the phantasmagoric Power of Making show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2011, curated by Daniel Charny, and the Me Craft/You Industry symposium launched by Jurgen Bey and organised by Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion in late January 2012 at the Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen, to celebrate a show titled Industrious|Artefacts: The Evolution of Crafts.

There’s nothing haphazard about choosing examples in Great Britain and the Netherlands, for these two countries are at the epicentre of the Crafts Renaissance. In Great Britain, structural engineering is almost considered a branch of aesthetics, and ceramics were the precursors of the Industrial Revolution in the famous Wedgwood factories of the 18th century. It is the country where craftsmanship and standardised manufacturing have shared the most productive dialogue and opposition, but also where mechanisation first took command and where its limits and potentials were first discussed

via States of Design 11: Handmade Design – Design – Domus.

Hardware Innovation Workshop


Hardware Innovation Workshop.

MAKE magazine hosts an inspired conversation and curated tour of the unique culture, enabling technologies, and innovations of the maker movement.

mmm think I need to visit relations in Palo Alto …….

Sand New Edition by Yukihiro Kaneuchi | Design Milk


Sand New Edition by Yukihiro Kaneuchi | Design Milk.


A beautiful meditative game – my sort of gaming …. !

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