I’ll be speaking this Thursday at Gensler on the “return to craft” as part of Currency’s speaker series. The conversation will cover the drivers of the budding craft movement – from foods to furniture – here in LA. A desire to work with my hands and to transform a beautiful, organic material is what led me to furniture making. I love everything about wood – the smell of it, the feel of it, the weight of it. I like starting with the kernel of a design idea, piecing together plans for construction and joinery, making the piece and ending with an object that takes up space in the world. I aim for beauty, quality and character in everything that I make. This, for me, is what drives craft.
But what about everybody else? In order for me to create hand crafted furniture, there has to be a group of people that are willing to pay a premium. These items are more expensive, they take longer to make and they’re harder to source. Why are people willing to forego the conveniences and savings of items that are readily available to them on the shelves of Target and Ikea? I’m not sure I have an answer, but I’m looking forward to the conversation tomorrow night. If you’re in LA, come join us for good drinks and great conversation!