Design for All

Design for All

Published on Monday, November 19, 2012. This article appears in the December/January 2013 issue of American Craft Magazine.
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David Trubridge
Perhaps New Zealand’s best-known designer, Trubridge continues to make waves. The one-time boat-builder’s popular bamboo light fixtures demonstrate his dedication to sustainable materials and natural forms. The Kina (Maori for “sea urchin”) comes in four sizes and ships flat to save space (and fuel), so some assembly is required.

Joey Roth
Ditch those earbuds and enjoy the sweet sound of ceramics. Roth’s limited-edition hand-thrown speakers are made from simple materials – Baltic birch, porcelain, cork, steel, iron – that reflect the California-based designer’s raw and functional aesthetic. Plug in your iPod, laptop, or even a record player for a handcrafted listening experience.

Kate Cusack
The New York-based jeweler turns humble, utilitarian zippers into works of art. Cusack hand-sews each piece, and no two are exactly alike. This Zest brooch, made from just the teeth of a zipper, makes a sprightly statement.

Donna Wilson
Wilson’s Nos Da pillow, sold through Design Within Reach, epitomizes the London-based designer’s cheerful style. The bright colors and complex pattern come from yarn spun in Yorkshire and woven in Wales (whence “Nos Da,” which means “good night” in Welsh).

Imogene + Willie
This Nashville-based handcrafted clothing company puts an emphasis on materials and process to create high-quality duds for dudes and dudettes alike. Their signature men’s Willie jean has a classic straight-leg cut that sits high on the waist. The back pockets are just big enough for a small notebook, the leg openings just wide enough to slip over a pair of boots.