Surface Survey

Surface Survey

Published on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. This article appears in the April/May 2016 issue of American Craft Magazine.
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Wolfum, Hand Printed Push Toys

Wolfum, hand printed push toys; Photo: Dan Rider

What inspires LunaSol founder Lindsey Alonzo? The knowledge that virtually every culture in the world uses personal adornment to tell stories about heritage, tradition, and belief. The Portland, Oregon, designer-maker creates jewelry such as the Caborca necklace, which is also influenced by Alonzo’s time in the Sonoran desert.

Before launching their housewares line, Wolfum, in 2011, Annabel Inganni was an apparel designer, and her husband, Brendan Sowersby, was a furniture designer and woodworker. So it’s natural that the Los Angeles couple’s goods, such as these hand-printed push toys, blur the line between craft and design. 

Akira Satake 
Asheville, North Carolina, ceramics master Akira Satake admires how natural forces shape our surroundings, from the way wind erodes the surface of rock formations to how paint cracks in old homes. It’s an unpredictable kind of beauty and an aesthetic Satake deftly re-creates in pieces such as this teapot.

Miles & May Furniture Works
At Miles & May Furniture Works in Geneva, New York, Amy and Brandon Phillips strive to create furniture that’s as sustainable and thoughtfully produced as it is chic. These Flex nesting stools, made from blackened steel and saddle leather, are a standout example of that approach, a clever blend of function and style. 

Egg Collective
Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie passionately advocate for the beauty of use – how ordinary wear and tear can transform furnishings for the better. The trio of New York designers embraces this philosophy by creating furnishings and accessories with “living” elements such as unsealed metal and hand-applied finishes.