Today we present the first film of series based on hand made items within the Yorkshire region in the United Kingdom. The Series will explore the personal lives of the people and families that bring these items to life either for a hobby or profession.
Tony Slinger, a bespoke shoe maker spares his time to speak about his career history and the traditional methods used for producing some of Yorkshires finest leather shoes.
Custom hot rod builder Bodie Stroud and his re-imagining of a classic Mustang by way of an extremely rare and powerful motor built specifically for legendary racer Mario Andretti’s 1969 Can Am series race car.
Holger Drews is a character. Growing up in the sixties and seventies had a huge influenceon him, fully emerging into the hippie movement and living life in it’s extremes. He became on of the shining figures for the movement in Denmark, but his biggest passion stayed the designing of furniture, especially chairs.
Kimura said, “Since setting up in America, I’ve moved from being just a custom-bike builder to slightly changing my direction a little more toward the world of art. I don’t know whether success or failure is awaiting me in the future. Can custom bikes become art? Maybe we’ll know in 10 years’ time.”
Since 1990 he has been occupied creating new forms of life. Not pollen or seeds but plastic yellow tubes are used as the basic material of this new nature. He makes skeletons that are able to walk on the wind, so they don’t have to eat.
There is no more need for description. As easy as it sounds: Designers should be in love with the process!!
“I mix two or three different steels in the forging process and all are carbon steels, not soft steels,” he says. The hot steel is pounded and folded up to 360 times with a power hammer, creating beautiful patterns in the steel. A billet (the basic long piece of unshaped steel) is then ground into the final shape, whether it be a Bowie, dagger or skinning knife. It is etched with acid and finished with a handle of deer antler, buffalo horn, camel bone or Steve’s favourite, Territory ironwood.
Dustin Kott is a man that follows his passion and it has led him to revive and perfect vintage Honda motorcycles into rolling forms of art.
He explained what inspired him to create the battery: “The lights will come on once in a week, and the rest of the month, dark.”
At Herman Miller design is the language we use to ask questions and seek answers to the problems our customers face. The design process is a journey into the unknown
This video by Gavin Lucas in collaboration with Order involves a visit to Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop in Kensington, London where Smith explains how he likes to design, set and print using traditional wood and metal type to create contemporary typographic prints.
What do words like “craft” and “skill” mean in 2011? That is one of the questions that the exhibition ‘Power of Making’ seeks to answer. This film delves into the working lives of four makers.
A visit to the Breuckelen Distilling Company, the first gin distiller in Brooklyn since prohibition. Founder Brad Estabrooke talks about starting from nothing and the imperfect process of perfecting a craft. His experience bears a lesson for us all: knowing you could fail brings you that much closer to success.
Lets talk today about a Logotype Designer called Doyald Young. From humble beginnings in a small Texas town eight decades ago comes legendary typographer, logotype designer, author, and teacher Doyald Young. As elegant as his script fonts and as wise as his set of Oxford English dictionaries, Young sets the standard for his craft. Friend and designer Stefan Bucher describes Young as “…someone who could easily have done what he does in the Renaissance, and could easily do it 300 years from now.”
Horse Cycles is a small one-man custom bike shop tucked away in the streets of Brooklyn, NY. Each frame is made with love and care, innovation and inspiration and is 100% unique. The bicycles are made to fulfill each individuals needs by considering who you are, and where you ride.
Great new ideas – the sort that make businesses grow and make daily life better – can come from anywhere. But design-led innovation is coming to be seen as one of the faster, more reliable and less risky ways of generating them.
Brothers Chris and Kirk Bray have been producing leather goods for the last ten years. They launched Billykirk from Los Angeles in 1999, learning their craft from a third generation leather maker.
In a relatively short career, Chip Foose has created a legacy of designs and accomplishments that are well beyond his years.
This film gives little background on who Josh Vogel is. Instead it explores the idea that turning wood is a reductive process that in essence is a step back in time.
“The Decanter,” a promotional film produced by Walter Landor and Associates in the 1960s, shows the start-to-finish process of several of Landor’s designs for Old Fitzgerald whiskey.