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Meet <a href="http://www.workshop-thegranite.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">The Granite</a>, a Portland Oregon-based ceramics brand created when an interior designer and a ceramicist combined their creative superpowers. We’re spotlighting them at this weekend’s <a href="http://www.renegadecraft.com/fairs/san-francisco-holiday" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">San Francisco</a> <a href="http://www.renegadecraft.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Renegade Craft Fair</a>, so be sure to stop by and see them in the Design Milk Spotlight. I talked to both co-founder Meg Drinkwater about how she and co-founder Megan Perry got started, what the scene is like in Portland and whether their designs are secret messages yet to be decoded…
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Founded in 2014, The Granite is made up of Megan Perry and me, Meg Drinkwater. Megan’s background is in Interior Design and my background is in Metalsmithing and Ceramics. We both design and make all of our products with the help of 1, sometimes 2 employees. Before we were a brand each of us were makers and designers, both in professional
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This is the latest in our <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Made-in-London/" data-wpel-link="internal">Made in London</a> series of films about London-based makers by filmmaker <a href="http://williamscothern.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">William Scothern</a>. This month’s video is about shoemaker <a href="http://www.allanbaudoin.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Allan Baudoin</a>. Originally trained in computer science with a Masters Degree in business, this former Apple employee became an independent shoemaker out of a desire to do something with his hands and re-connect with a traditional craft.
Born and raised in Paris, Allan moved to London in 2007. He took a pair of shoes to be repaired one day and discovered that the man who repaired them also made shoes. They get talking and soon a business partnership was formed. “I said, okay, if you can make these shoes, I’ll just handle the business and everything will be easy,” he says. “It just turns out, it’s not at all like this.”
He soon found himself getting involved in the making side of the business
As the weather gets colder and days get shorter, we’re hunkering down in our homes. For me and many of my friends, I’ll admit that means cozying up on our couches and catching up on all of the Netflix we missed in the summer months.
Spending more time at home also gives me the yearning for new decor for my space. Enter these 12 DIY projects, which are perfect to keep your hands busy while you binge on a new show, or keep you entertained all on their own.
By November, most of autumn’s beautiful foliage is laying on the ground. Pick a few of your favorite shaped leaves off of the sidewalk and use them for this stamped-pillow DIY. With just a few simple steps and a bit of drying
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Craft dominated the <a href="http://www.londondesignfestival.com/" >London Design Festival</a> this year and Mayfair-based British craft retailer, <a href="https://www.thenewcraftsmen.com/" >The New Craftsmen</a>, stole the show with Crafthouse, a series of four installations at high-end trade show <a href="http://www.decorex.com/" >Decorex</a>; as well as Makers House, a collaboration with British fashion label Burberry.
Crafthouse explored the home-based rituals of eating, sleeping, bathing and working. “This ambitious project is all about unleashing the creativity of makers and giving them an opportunity to showcase their material fascination in a holistic environment,” says The New Craftsmen’s creative director Catherine Lock. ‘Sleeping’ (above) by lacquer artist Pedro da Costa Felgueiras and multi-disciplinary designer Georgia Kemball featured a ‘box-bed’ complete with ladder and peephole.
Malgorzata Bany and Jochen Holz created the ‘bathing’ space with Malgorzata’s new collection of tiles in Jesmonite (a composite material combining gypsum and resin), combined with Jochen’s latest experiments in laboratory glass including a new neon gas lighting feature and
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<strong><a href="http://www.dezeen.com/events/2016/london-design-festival-2016/">London Design Festival 2016:</a></strong> "you can have surround sound with your chandelier, vase and centrepiece" in the world imagined by the 28 designers contributing to the Electro Craft exhibition (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/09/21/electro-craft-exhibition-technology-london-design-festival-2016-tord-boontje/" class="more-link">(more…)</a>
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<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/ilse-crawford">Ilse Crawford</a> has collaborated with Bosnian brand Zanat to create furniture using a UNESCO-protected traditional carving technique (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/09/18/ilse-crawford-studioilse-zanat-touch-furniture-craft-carving-technique-maison-objet/" class="more-link">(more…)</a>
Fall is upon us!Whether you’re excited about the start of the new season or still saying goodbye to summer, it’s undeniable that autumn has begun. Mornings call for sweaters, leaves are beginning to turn, and Starbucks is selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes.So how can you bring fall decorating ideas int0 your own home? We’ve found 16 of our favorite ways to add a touch of the season to your interiors with these easy DIYs. It’s amazing how few materials they require to create these lovely fall decorating ideas for tables, walls, and more.
One thing that will never be in style — watermarks on your tables. Luckily, coasters save the day by keeping our drinks off the table and look good doing it. Even better? When you create the coasters yourself.There are thousands of ideas for DIY coasters all over the internet, so we picked a few of our favorites to share with you. Whether working with clay, cork or felt, they’re all simple enough to achieve with minimal materials on a rainy afternoon.
Image: CurblyTry your hand at one of these DIY coaster ideas!
How sweet are these donut coasters? With acrylic paint detailing inspired by everyone’s favorite fried dough, they would definitely compliment your morning cup of coffee. And they’re not all just for looks. Made from birch rounds,
Tie-dye is all grown up and back in our homes. Long gone are the rainbow hues that are admittedly more boho than chic. Here to stay are the subdued, intricate, and unique patterns of shibori dying.
Call it the older, cooler sibling of the classic childhood tie-dye projects, or just call it the new way to decorate your home. Either way, we think shibori is the dip-dye style that is here to stay.
What is exactly is shibori?Shibori itself isn’t a new concept by any means. In fact, historians say the earliest known piece of shibori fabric was made back in the 8th century in Japan. There are several different methods and techniques for shibori itself, but generally, shibori is different from your typical tie-dye as the patterns are created by binding then pressing pieces of wood together over folded cloth. It traditionally uses indigo dye, which
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An <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/exhibitions-tag/">exhibition</a> in London dedicated to <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/south-korea/">Korean</a> craft will present pieces by 18 designers exploring the concept of movement (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/07/22/make-your-movement-korean-contemporary-objects-korean-cultural-centre-design-exhibition-london/" class="more-link">(more…)</a>
Today we’re going to do a bit of weaving. Recently, woven crafts have become a trendy way to decorate walls with colorful yarn and fabric designs in all colors and sizes. With a little practice and patience, they create stunning results. I’ve done quite a bit of weaving myself. And while it’s simple and relaxing, it is also undeniably time-consuming and requires more materials than I have at the ready. It’s a wonderful hobby, but certainly not a quick DIY. And so this creative endeavor is brought to you in part by:
1. My love for easy DIYs
2. A stack of design magazines on the coffee table
3. These bare walls staring sadly at me
The DIY paper weaving artwork is a simpler alternative to its textile counterpart and calls for only common household items that I’m willing to bet you
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<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/events/2016/clerkenwell-design-week-2016/"><strong>Clerkenwell Design Week 2016:</strong></a> British designer Liam Treanor has expanded his collection of <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/craft/">handcrafted</a> wood furniture to include shelves, a side table and a pendant light (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/21/liam-treanor-new-minimal-wooden-furniture-shelves-table-lamp-collection-handcrafted/" class="more-link">(more…)</a>
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<strong><a href="http://www.dezeen.com/events/2016/venice-architecture-biennale-2016/">Venice Architecture Biennale 2016:</a></strong> a resurgence of handmade architecture is one of the biggest themes to emerge from this year's Venice Biennale, according to Swiss architect <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/peter-zumthor/">Peter Zumthor.</a> <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/05/26/peter-zumthor-venice-architecture-biennale-2016-return-handmade-architecture/" class="more-link">(more…)</a>
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This wooden <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/stools">stool</a> designed for Bosnian brand Zanat by Swedish architects office <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/wingardhs/">Wingårdhs</a> has been "tattooed" with hand-chiselled carvings. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/04/17/wingardhs-tattoo-stool-unesco-wood-carving-furniture-design/" class="more-link">(more…)</a>
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<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/events/2015/milan-2015"><strong>Milan 2015:</strong></a> students from Swiss design school <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/ecal">ÉCAL</a> collaborated with craftspeople to present time-related objects in an exhibition at the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi in Milan (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/04/29/ecal-students-formafantasma-arts-crafts-design-craftsmen-collaborations-season-specific-items-museo-bagatti-valsecchi-milan-2015/" class="more-link">(more…)</a>