Where Craft Meets Innovation: Design Showcase Recap

We had a spectacular day at our 2nd annual Where Craft Meets Innovation: A Market & Showcase event on September 28th at Concreteworks studio and factory in Alameda. Both the public and design professionals turned out in big numbers to experience, learn about, and purchase from the best of local makers in a unique hybrid of a craft fair and design showcase. Factory tours of Concreteworks incredible facility – in an 85,000sf former steel factory – were all sold out!

A highlight of the event was our inaugural Design Showcase, a staged loft-like living space that we created inside the factory with virtually everything made in the Bay Area.

There was an abundance of innovation on display, from Concreteworks cutting-edge fabrication methods, to 3D printed and CNC and laser-cut furnishings, heated chairs, zero-waste bags, and organic and sustainable materials. And there was high-quality traditionally crafted wood furniture, quilts, textiles, and art – all working beautifully together in a space “where craft meets innovation”!

Big thanks to Concreteworks for hosting the event, Wescover for partnering with us on the Design Showcase, and Katie Storey for curation and styling. And many thanks to our 30 participating home furnishing makers (see complete list below).

Above: View of the bedroom, lounge, and dining areas of the open plan, loft-like living space.

Above: A set of serving bowls by Heath Ceramics and a Cooper Breadboard by Jacob May Design sit on a Button Dining Table in bleached ash by Godar Furniture, with a selection of Mariposa Chairs in a range of finishes by Fyrn.

Above: Painting and wabi-sabi ceramics by Tracey Kessler. Join Coasters + Trivet in carrara marble and walnut by Fire Road. Set of vases by Heath Ceramics. Ash wood sideboard with sliding doors by Lahoma. Miranda Chair in walnut by Munson Furniture.

Above Left: Heated Helios Love Chair by Galanter & Jones. Stout Coffee Table by Model No. Furniture with 3D printed black ombre eco-resin base and oak top. Ebonized oak Cosmos Stool from The Long Con. Orkney Linen curtain in charcoal by Rough Linen.

Above Right: Fluffy Chair with hand-woven yarn by soft-geometry. Ronchamp Floor Lamp designed by Charles de Lisle for Phoenix Day.

Above: For The Record storage/display cabinet in laminate and multiply plywood by Jason Lees Design with birch plywood record dividers and LP Block by Koeppel Design. Stool made of ash wood by Lahoma. Groove block print by Melissa Holden.

Above: Hand-printed Isfahan Star Quilt by Construction Lines. Dusk and grey Orkney Linen bedding from Rough Linen. Pair of Margaux swing arm wall lamps designed by Charles de Lisle for Phoenix Day. Radius nightstand and side table in walnut with alabaster tops from Munson Furniture. Porcelain bowl from Lisa Fleming Ceramics. Infinity woven ceramic planter by Skinny Ceramics. Nomad bench in oxidized oak from Jacob May Design.

Above: Edge Domino Set from Fire Road on a Coffee Table by soft-geometry.

Above: In the foreground, Miles Planters and a Tinder Cylinder fire feature from Concreteworks and Charcoal Blocks by Yvonne Mouser.

Above: “In the Mountains” reclaimed redwood sculpture by Lutz Hornischer of Lutz Art Design.

Above Left: Set of vases by Heath Ceramics.

Above Right: Detail of laser-cut and powder coated metal panel in Mizu pattern from Modern Metal.

Above: Lotus bent wood planter by Art of Plants on a walnut Cooper Breadboard from Jacob May Design.

Above: Porcelain bowl with manganese rim by Lisa Fleming Ceramics.

Above: Hand-dyed indigo pillow by Krupa Paranjape on a Helios heated lounge chair by Galanter & Jones.

Above: Close up of Tinder Cylinder fire feature from Concreteworks.

Above: Charcoal Blocks by Yvonne Mouser made of blackened and burned salvaged Douglas Fir beams.

Rugs courtesy of Nomad Rugs, San Francisco.

Photos by Gohar Barseghyan

Participating Bay Area Made members:

Rough Linen
Heath Ceramics
Galanter & Jones
Phoenix Day
Jason Lees Design
Koeppel Design
Construction Lines
Munson Furniture
Tracey Kessler
Skinny Ceramics
Model No. Furniture
Lutz Art Design
Modern Metal
Fire Road
Yvonne Mouser
Jacob May Design
Lisa Fleming Ceramics
Godar Furniture
The Long Con
Art of Plants
Elliptic Designs
Krupa Paranjape
glossary syndicate workbooks
Melissa Holden Art

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