It's a messed up state of affairs that we've heard a lot about lately. The ocean is a mess. It's so full of plastic that, well, you can do something like this, make furniture from all that junk. Point made.
I've been dying to visit Grado for some time. As a music lover and also admirer of all things handmade, Grado has been high on my list of businesses to feature on this site for a while.
It was shown at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City in May 2014, but Pratt has released a video of it coming together.
Factory images have been used to sell cars and tell the stories of brands for a long long time, which makes sense. The assembly process at places like Porsche have long represented the best of engineering and design technologies.
Both the maker movement and vocational training are in theory based on working with one’s hands, engineering and problem solving. Though there’s a stigma, and has been for a long time, associated with vocational training.
Maybe it’s the hipster lumberjack trend. Maybe there’s some deep cultural yearning to reconnect with nature. Maybe it’s the influence of Best Made Company, which gained tons of attention a few years ago when they started putting racing stripes on axes.
I’m not sure.
Whatever the reason, we’re in a golden age of axe making.
What compels the obsessive creative?
Months ago I stumbled into what is probably the biggest and yet little-known online photo archives. It’s comprised of some 70,000 photos, mostly from the second half of the 20th century and has scenes from all over the world. And it was all shot by one man.