Hand and Machine

Hand and Machine

Published on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. This article appears in the December/January 2017 issue of American Craft Magazine.
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Cozì Studio, The Bloom Light Pendant

Cozì Studio, The Bloom Light Pendant

Assaf Ambram

Tel Aviv lighting and furniture designers Yuval Carmel and Ofir Zandani merge industrial manufacturing with traditional craft at Cozì Studio. The Bloom Light Pendant, made of pressed wood veneers with brass details bent into a flower’s soft curves, is just one of the duo’s boundary-breaking products.

Nature and minimalist design inspire Dconstructs eco-friendly jewelry, homeware, and accessories. The wares are made from at least 40 percent recycled architectural material, combined with textiles and organic materials sourced from artisan communities in developing countries; the Winnipeg, Manitoba, company, led by Lisa Pointon-Reico and Sean Reico, is dedicated to supporting a more sustainable world.

Her studio is in Philadelphia; his is in Oakland, California. But distance doesn’t stop siblings Nicole Cole and Luke Stevens of Vestige Home from collaborating on elegant, functional wares such as their handmade butter knives, designed for generations of service.

At IntoConcrete, craft meets design to create lightweight products – out of concrete. The manufacturing and retail group, with headquarters near Chicago, supports and sells stylish household products from designers around the globe, including the architectural Merge tape dispenser by 22 Design Studio of Taiwan.

What do utilitarian design and vintage Americana have in common? They inspire Omaha, Nebraska, maker Chris Hughes of Artifact Bag Co. to create his classic bags, aprons, and wallets, which are so well made that they come with a lifetime guarantee.