Charm & Soul

Charm & Soul

Charm & Soul

December/January 2014 issue of American Craft magazine
Author Staff
Julia Paul Pottery tumblers

Julia Paul Pottery tumblers. Photo: Julia Paul

Fort Standard
Turned white oak tops make the perfect lids for glass cylinders storing dry goods within easy reach. Available separately or as a three-piece set, they’re made by the Brooklyn-based design and production studio Fort Standard, led by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings.

Ted Abramczyk
Woven fabric covers a satin aluminum frame in a dreamy light fixture named 27 Cumulus. Abramczyk studied architecture and sculpture before opening his Brooklyn-based design studio in 1996.

Fox & Brie Haberdashery
Looking for an antidote to staring at a computer screen all day, Jess Decelle found sewing to be the perfect medicine. Now the Austin, Texas-based maker is at it full time, scouring attics and estate sales for vintage fabrics to turn into delightful bow ties, neckties, and pocket squares.

Optimo Hats
This Chicago hattery, founded by Graham Thompson, makes all the popular styles of men’s hats from yesteryear, in luxurious materials with modern finishes and appointments. Thompson learned his trade from longtime Windy City hatter Johnny Tyus, whose retirement in the late 1990s inspired Thompson to continue Tyus’ legacy.

Monroe Workshop
The Haverhill rocker, made of American walnut and upholstered in mango-colored wool, epitomizes fine craftsmanship. It’s by Matt Monroe, who earned his MFA in sculpture at Cranbrook and makes contemporary furniture with a classic vibe at his Los Angeles workshop.

Julia Paul Pottery
Paul lives and works in rural Virginia and strives to make contemporary work with a hint of natural inspiration. One example: tumblers, whose fade from brown stoneware to matte turquoise glaze conjures images of an ocean shoreline.