‘Doing is thinking by hand. Today there’s a growing interest in a philosophy of manual production, an appreciation for the hand and a multitude of skills from yesterday.’
Leriche doesn’t mean nostalgia but a shared vision for a new alternative productive society that places on value on the process of acquiring talents, mastering skills, passing on crafts and customs in a new mood of inventiveness. Artisan luxury is no longer polished but has the imprint of the maker sometimes to the point of imperfection.
‘As the tool for a new luxury, the hand is touching and transforming things. From the alphabet of materials and grammar of crafts, neo-artisans’ expertise is putting together sensitive, rare items. Beyond their function, these works show a radical uniqueness. The art of making is frees the object from the norm so it can leave its mark in time.’
Neo-artisans, rare-items, radical uniqueness? It may be media speak but all could apply to the modern mastery of Cox London, a company founded by Christopher and Nicola Cox. Nicola is a sculptor working in bronze and glass, while Chris is a skilled metalwork restorer and lighting designer. Cox London is earning a reputation for artisan ingenuity, creating ambitious and award-winning objects and furniture in a private studio and workshop.
I don’t know how many human hands this took, but worth every pair.
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