Made Simple

A study of uncomplicated elegance, in partnership with Expormim.

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 desig...

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