Craftsmanship

“Velo”, or Chair Porn. Not That Kind of Porn. Get your Mind out the Gutter.

It’s been awhile since I have posted any chair porn, so here you go. Velo designed by Jan Waterston is a solid example of how taking a good creative concept and executing properly can reinvent an ordinary item creating intriguing beauty.

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The chair has been redefined by Waterson as a sinuous piece of furniture with a sculptural, yet inviting presence. It is a demonstration of  master craftsmanship and creativity as it becomes a flowing form that wraps around the seated form. When not in use it is an object of art, a sculptural piece of wood that is visually dynamic, even though it is a static object.

Waterson says the beauty the chair was  inspired by the flowing forms of bicycles, “This relationship between body and object is echoed in bicycle design with tubes flowing seamlessly into one another, constantly changing shape, to improve function and aesthetic”. 

Velo is hand sculpted from ash and features seamless construction, which is a testament to the Waterson’s woodworking skills Each element of the chair blend into one another, making the Velo seem as though it is crafted from a single piece of wood.

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Watch Making. “The manufactory” from Peter Wollring.

Having returned from my snow walk I thought I would thaw out while perusing some fine video work on Vimeo. While trolling through the people I follow I came across this fairly new upload from . It showcases the manufacture of NOMOS watches in Glashütte, Germany with some great camera work, solid editing, and tight features on what makes NOMOS watches stand out. 

The Art of Craft. “Glas” and “Manliness”.

This morning while going through my weekly reading list of newsletters, emails, and RSS feeds, two links were brought to my attention. One dealt with craftsmanship, the other with glass production in Holland in the 1950’s. While both were in the same newsletter, they were not directly connected. They are however.

The short film on glass production is a perfect example of the craftsmanship that goes into creating any form of film, design, art, or object. The film itself is beautifully shot and edited. The subject matter shows the phenomenal craftsmanship that goes into making a beautiful piece of hand blown glass. The article is a history of the term “Craftsman”, and why craft is so important in the work you create.

“Make every product better than it has ever been done before. Make the parts you cannot see as well as the parts you can see. Use only the best materials for even the most everyday items. Give the same attention to the smallest details as you do to the largest. Design every item you make to last for ever.”

I won’t give away the film, but the first half is a direct set up for the second, and the finish. Watching the glass blowers work their magic, accompanied by fitting music and a beautiful job of editing make it hard to look away.

Waiting Out Winter.

Kansas City is about to get hit with the first major snow storm it has experienced in two years. Because of the impending end of winter storm, I thought I’d post this little video about waiting out winter. This is a really well done video, making great use of time-lapse photography, and really solid sound design.

Cast & Salvage /// castandsalvage.com
Directed by: Andrew David Watson /// andrewdavidwatson.com
Music : Huma-Huma /// huma-huma.com
Radio Voice Over: Blake Delong

Woven Walnut.

You get what you pay for right? That statement is so true when buying a piece of furniture. Quality craftsmanship, materials, and design, can’t be ignored. Taking short cuts, or going cheap will simply diminish the value of the item.

A company that always produces quality furniture is Soorikian. If you ever see their product in person, you will understand instantly what I am talking about. Exceptional materials, masterful workmanship, attention to detail. Everything about their product is top notch, and worth every penny you pay for it. They build well designed furniture that stands the test of time, in both design and build quality.

Soorikian sent me an email this morning featuring the Woven Front Console. A walnut cabinet that can be wall mounted or used floor standing. The woven console or dresser is a long thin unit measuring 78 inches, by 24 by 18. The front is an intricate weave of walnut that forms an airy screen across the unit, creating a textured balance against the solid walnut top and sides. All hardware has been removed to keep the lines clean and minimal. The hidden latches are touch activated with a simple push of the hand.

While I don’t mind the legs, if it were up to me I’d opt for the wall mounted unit. There is something about the idea of this floating above the floor that seems visually appealing to me.