November 19, 2015

The Resurgence of Handcrafted

Brick and mortar maker spaces as well as the physical act of making are wildly popular in today’s culture – yet many of today’s workplaces are void of craft.

As 3D printers become more accessible to consumers and popular online marketplaces continue to make major strides, it’s clear that people want to use their hands and are seeking out shared resources and knowledge to do just that.

Inspired by the maker movement, Coalesse – a Steelcase brand – is redefining modern-day craft by artfully disrupting norms. Its teams are enthralled with using new technologies, new materials and new methods that blend machines and handwork. At Coalesse, craft remains a central theme of the brand.

According to general manager Lew Epstein:

“The role of craft in the workplace may combine the refined selection of materials, or seamless mix of digital machine and handwork. In this role, craft becomes a dynamic medium that can be applied to personalize the workspace and express cultural valuesultimately enriching our environments and work experiences.”

The <5_MY chair, a recent introduction by Coalesse, speaks to the maker movement as a powerful piece of craftsmanship that weighs less than five pounds but can hold over 300. Made from molded and heated layers of carbon fiber, this seating solution represents a new material for the furniture industry.

The full article can be found on the Coalesse blog.