Morozov argues that the maker movement has succumb to the fate of the hacker movement, that it’s been incorporated into the larger tech world and is being marketed and sold as some world changing force that it’s not.
Inc. is currently looking for the "most innovative, creative, unexpected, incredibly useful, magnificently designed products being sold in America." And I’m really excited to be helping them with this project.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be seeking nominations for the first Inc. Best in Class Design Awards in the following categories: home/household, wearables, recreation, transport, audio visual, tech gadgets (Internet of Things), accessories, and office.
I’ll be reaching out to a lot of people in the next few weeks but please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions. There’s more information and an entry form here.
I just found this update about Jack English, the 94-year-old fiddle bow maker who has been living in the wilderness outside Big Sur, and it's a good companion read to the video above. English is sort of a cultural icon and if you don't know his story, do check it out.
- The museum as maker space. (Boston Globe)
- How a fish lamp helped improve work culture at Ideo. (New York Times)
- 1000 Dean and Jonathan Butler get the Observer treatment. (Observer)
- The Tomorrow Lab bike counter is closer to reality. (WayCount)
- Orchard Steel steak knives. (Orchard Steel)
- The many designs of Achilie Casiglioni. (Evanizer)
The good people of WorkOf, the new marketplace for furniture and home decor makers, held their first maker exhibit at 61 Local last night. Makers featured on the new site showed off their wares including marble tables, lamps, vases and easily the most beautiful record player I’ve ever seen.
Recently, Machinemade, the online manufacturing platform behind some very cool projects in New York just moved into a bigger space in Long Island City and I got to visit before they officially open the doors. The new workspace is just a block from the East River and while the team has only begun to feather the nest, it looks really promising.
The most notable piece I saw was a giant light above the team’s communal desk. It’s made of connecting wood X’s with fluorescent bulbs imbedded inside of it. It was of course made and designed by Machinemade (You can see more photos of its construction on their Facbook page). They also showed off a beautiful table they made from reclaimed water tower redwood that wasn’t quite finished but gorgeous nonetheless.
Some 90 years ago, weary travelers driving the California coast started camping in a Sycamore grove in Santa Barbara. The spot, not far from the ocean and downtown Santa Barbara, was the perfect place to rest for the night. It was next to a river, had shade and is close to Highway 1.
Road tripping is a quintessential American tradition, and there’s no better and more iconic route than California’s Highway 1. It snakes along the coast offering dramatic views of the ocean and mountains. It has cities and it has redwoods. It’s incredible.
The fantastical Madonna Inn is like a 10-year-old girl’s dream come true. Paddocks dotted with horses surround the place. Cookies are served upon arrival. And of course, there’s the unending theme of pink.
Pink booths. Pink walls. Pink bathrobes. Pretty much everything pink.
But the San Luis Obispo California hotel, built in the 50’s, is also the site of much craftsmanship and entrepreneurial work that can get lost in the sea of fuchsia
Entrepreneur Advice: When You Hate Doing What You Love.
Glow in the dark antlers keep Finland's reindeer safe from car accidents.
This is how to make a handplane.
Check out the new desks at Barbarian Group.
Just off of the Avenue of Puerto Rico in East Williamsburg, Caroline Hurley keeps a one room studio where she paints, prints textiles and generally plays with color. It was there that I went to visit her recently and not surprisingly, she was doing what she does of a lot of these days...packing boxes to ship to customers.
Hurley is a trained painter and graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She’s from Memphis originally, but did a stint in California and now lives in New York. The result? Design that feel part beach, part city. The thing she may be most well known for, for example, is a linen beach throw that feels, and works, just as well on a sofa.