Handmade 2014: the projects

Handmade 2014: the projects

For our annual salute to craft and creativity, we bring together the best designers, artists, and manufacturers to make one-off wonders. Here, browse all the fruits of Handmade 2014

Designer’s survey belt
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance

On the fifth anniversary of our Handmade endeavour we thought it would be fitting to produce a tool belt that celebrates the marriage of design and craftsmanship. To give new panache to this most practical of products we enlisted Valextra’s leather expertise and French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance’s creative flair. His designer’s survey belt is a versatile, modular piece that can be worn or hung, and has a lightness that the designer likens to birds on a wire.

Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance
After studying sculpture and furniture design in Paris, Duchaufour-Lawrance set up his design studio Neonata in 2003. His interiors include London’s Sketch restaurant and Air France’s business class lounges, while his furniture tends to organic, soft shapes and minimal but luxurious finishes.

Milanese leather-goods brand Valextra has produced the finest hand-crafted calfskin objects since 1937. The brand’s founder Giovanni Fontana was an attentive observer of people and their needs. His ‘Avietta 48-hour’ bag was the first designed to ft inside an aeroplane’s overhead compartment.

Photography: Alberto Zanetti; Writer: Rosa Bertoli

Perfectly packed lunch box
Stokke Austad and Tupperware

As frequent partakers of a desktop lunch we tasked Stokke Austad with dreaming up the perfect lunch box with Tupperware. Together they’ve turned the everyday into the refined. There’s no eating out of the box; instead, the containers come with a marbled plate in a nod to Nordic culinary traditions. The marble is sourced from a quarry in Norway, while leather fittings underneath prevent slippage. The metal lids double as trays for desserts.

Stokke Austad
Jonas R Stokke and Øystein Austad set up Stokke Austad with the notion of creating value through design. The Oslo-based firm has enjoyed great success with its growing family of furniture and tabletop objects.

Tupperware has made food storage a breeze since 1946 – when its airtight ‘burping seal’ set it apart from rivals. It has kept at the industry forefront with microwave-friendly, environmentally conscious and time-saving solutions.

Photography: Wilcox & Johansson; Writer: Pei-Ru Keh

Cork jacket
Todd Bracher and Amorim

Using cork’s natural pattern and texture as his starting point, acclaimed US designer Todd Bracher offers a new twist to the classic material’s applications. Teaming up with Portuguese cork manufacturing giant Amorim and using the international company’s high-quality product, sourced straight from the country’s cork forests, Bracher created a minimalist two-tone jacket out of different cork composites.

Todd Bracher
Bracher headed up Tom Dixon’s design studio in London and served as creative director at Georg Jensen in Copenhagen before returning to his native New York to set up his own studio. He has designed a variety of products, from kitchen utensils to beds, for the likes of Cappellini, Fritz Hansen and 3M.

The world’s leading manufacturer of cork and cork-derived goods, Amorim is behind a range of innovative products, from sports equipment to spacecraft. The company is committed to sustainability and the preservation of the oak forest, as well as to challenging designers to explore the potential of cork.

Photography: Daniel Thomas Smith; Fashion: Mathew Stevenson-Wright; Writer: Ellie Stathaki

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