Mifuko baskets, work from the hands and hearts of Kenia

The aim of Mifuko Trust is to support Kenyan artisans and to help them find work through better entrepreneurship skills. Mifuko Trust works with small workshops in the slums of Nairobi and with women’s self help groups in rural areas.

Fina flatware by Thomas Feichtner

The Vienna-based designer, Thomas Feichtner, has already created numerous products for Austrian manufactories. His approach to design consists in uniting traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design independent of globalization or mass production.

Craft Combine creates the Patterned Pallet Chair

‘Patterned Pallet Chair’ has not only functional role but also decorative one either. Craft Combine designed both of two types by using the basic structure of pallet, stacking woods and also considered enhancing its solidity with interlocked structure.

Zieharsofika, a stiff cushion from a flat foam mat

By re-thinking cushioning techniques, the project uses conventional rubber foam mats which, with the help of elastic bands, come out as an ornamental form. The rectangular foam mat remains at a stretch and is only changed by layering and gathering it. Compared to common upholstery technics Zieharsofika achives the same result by compressing the foam. The gathering causes a strong and stiff core while the surface is still flexible and soft.

Corallo, formed by the weaving of stainless steel wire bent by hand

It is a nest of “coral” with irregular wide seat. The hundreds of welds are cleaned, brushed and then rounded to avoid sharp edges or roughness: a labor of such complexity and artistic craftsmanship to require an entire week.

Domaine de Boisbuchet

Boisbuchet’s workshops are an initiative of Vitra Design Museum’s founding director Alexander von Vegesack, who started both projects at the same time. Today, Boisbuchet offers the most versatile and distinguished workshop program on the international design agenda.

McCann Worldgroup with Studio Banana created a new activity-based environment and workplace culture

The result is a new home for 600 employees in a former jeans factory in Madrid where Studio Banana designed the architectural layout, detailed fitout and execution, furnishings, wayfinding and acted as strategic consultant to optimize facility management and organization and to provide a change-enabling environment.

Manufacturing process of Wilson tennis balls for the US Open

Photographer and filmmaker Benedict Redgrove was commissioned to make a film and shoot a set of images by ESPN for Wilson, to show the manufacturing process of their tennis balls for the US Open.

Recycling plastic and rubber waste to build houses in Colombia

The plastic waste they recycle is melted and poured into a mould to produce plastic blocks that work like Lego pieces, allowing whole communities and families to play a part in the easy constructing of their own homes.

Tallow, hand casted in The Netherlands

A candle needs the candlestick, which requires a candle in return. The Tallow unites these two objects through melding them into an inseparable union. Bathe in its light for eight long hours or accessorize it for all eternity.

Ring Maker’s tenderness and dedication

These days most jewelry is made by specialized machines. With this video IDIFILMS wanted to show the tenderness and dedication this artisan uses when he makes a ring. This is only a brush stroke to show what these jewel artisans are able to make.

Bardi’s Bowl Chair (1951), built through a combination of standardized and artisanal methods

Designed in 1951 by Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, a semi-spherical seat resting lightly on a metallic ring structure, supported by four legs. Lina was a promoter of handcrafted pieces and of the interaction between Modernism and popular culture. In line with this idea, the Bardi’s Bowl Chair by Arper was built through a combination of standardized and artisanal methods, attempting to preserve Lina Bo Bardi’s craftsmanship while adding Arper technical expertise.

First topographically accurate lunar globe

Product designer Oscar Lhermitte with design studio Kudu are releasing the first topographically accurate lunar globe on Kickstarter. The project involves the use of the latest data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter combined with advanced electronic and mechanical engineering alongside careful craftsmanship in mold making.

Coursera

Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.

WASARA, made out of bamboo and bagasse

WASARA was born from a desire to design tableware that perfectly complements the dishes you serve and creates a heartwarming and comfortable setting, even though it can only be used once.

Finding Balance, Herman Miller Collection

The enduring designs of the Herman Miller Collection strike a balance between seemingly contradictory ideas: aspiration and accessibility, sculpture and engineering, elegance and informality, beauty and comfort. Not the least of these is its delicate balance of craft and industrial processes.

Alabaster

A set of alabaster areas within a stream for 5 years erode differently depending on the situation and the force of water.

How a Bicycle is Made (1945)

A film released on 1945 talking about the design and manufacture of bicycles. Set in the Raleigh bicycle factory in Nottingham, UK and filed in the (and propery of) British Council Film Collection.

From the engraving on the copper plate through the acid bath to the printing process in the press

Artist and illustrator Ugo Gattoni presents his first drypoint etching, made in the Urdla print facility in Villeurbanne (France). Edited in December 2015 by Sold Art online art gallery, this dreamlike composition featuring some references to his girlfriend Sybille’s anatomy, as well as Escher’s perspective work.

Aalto vase, still crafted by its original mouth-blown process

Alvar Aalto’s Savoy vase is one of the most famous vases in history. Designed in 1936 for a competition at the Paris World’s Fair, Finnish architect and furniture designer Alvar Aalto anonymously entered and won the competition for his vase under the pseudonym “Eskimo woman’s leather breeches”.

Frugal Collection Cape Town

Hannes Schreckensberger and Célia Picard founder of Franco-Austrian design studio Celia-Hannes stayed six week-long in Cape Town – the World Design Capital 2014 to collaborate with local craftsmen from limited resource areas of Cape Town.


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