Simple objects are often so highly engineered that you might struggle to recognize their constituent parts. In 2014, London’s Design Museum dedicated a thought-provoking exhibition to these processes called In the Making. The exhibits showed retail objects in the “before” stage of life: the flat aluminum disk that would soon be pummelled into a soda can; the curvilinear slither of plastic that would go on to shape a soccer boot. The exhibition was a celebration of the abstract beauty of these in-process objects, but also a reminder of how disconnected the majority of manufacturing is from hands-on making. There is something satisfying about looking closely at a design that finds elegance in simplicity, such as the Cask Armchair, made by Spanish design stalwarts Expormim and designed by Copenhagen’s own Norm Architects. Its striking frame is made of rattan poles cut and bent straight from the vine. In partnership with Expormim, and with all these things in mind, we’re celebrating the revival of honest craftsmanship in a photo series focussing on the construction of one chair. This post was produced in partnership with Expormim. TwitterFacebookPinterest Related Stories Design Issue 19 David Rager David Rager, co-founder of design firm Weekends, shares his tale of LA and Paris and how he makes time for life’s little distractions. Design Issue 19 A Day in the Life: Frida Escobedo With her own firm and scores of global projects in her inventive portfolio, this architect is transforming Mexico City, one artful building at a time. Design Issue 19 In Anxious Anticipation The effects of adrenaline are positively pulse-pounding, but the physical whoosh we feel in our bodies actually starts in our brains. Design Issue 18 Happiness by Design Think more like designers: The strategies employed to create a perfectly proportioned bookshelf can also be used to enhance our personal well-being. Design Issue 18 Sense in Symmetry From radial swirls to mirror images, the natural world often shows that there’s beauty in balance. Design Issue 18 The Nature of Desirability The head of Harvard’s Desirability Lab examines what consumers like and why so designers can create products that hit the sweet spot.