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The craft of Japanese wooden boatbuilding

Continuing the craft of Japanese boatbuilding - Q&A with boatbuilder, writer & researcher, Douglas Brooks.

A very small sabani a type of semi-dugout once used for fishing in Okinawa. Photo by Mr. Hiroyuki Asato.

Boatbuilder first, then writer & researcher is how Douglas Brooks describes himself in a self-effacing modest kind of way, however, his commitment to the curation and continuation of the ancient but fast-disappearing craft…

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Alvar Aalto: The Human Modernist

An overview of the work of Finnish architect and designer, Alvar Aalto.

Portrait of Alvar Aalto in 1970. Photo by Ensio Ilmonen / Lehtikuva via Artek.

In today’s design-saturated world, Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto’s modernist legacy endures as a testament to his great genius. Born ‘Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto’ in 1898 in Kuortane, a small municipality in…

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Interview with Svenskt Tenn

Exploring the cultural & creative philosophy of the iconic Swedish design store.

Image © Svenskt Tenn.

Concepts that can often be thought of as paradoxical – such as historic & contemporary, modernism & heritage, craft & commerciality, functionality & elegance, capitalist & charitable – come together seamlessly within the…

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