Very simply, we want to inspire people to engage deeply with the objects in their home, the people who made them, the materials they were made from, and the stories they carry and make with us. We invite you to use this website as a portal to the meanings, memories, sensations, quests, and connections that objects can witness..

Start by telling a story of an object you own, or lost, or covet for the Objcctography.

Use the curated international directory of artisan Ateliers to shift more of your budget toward durable, ethical acquisitions.

Meet artisans and learn more about quality work, transactions, and objects through the interviews and research in the Magazine.

Our shop will occasionally offer numbered Editions of special objects.

Starr & Kiss

Amory Starr

Amory has spent a few decades trying to understand and do something useful about economics and ethics.

My biggest delight is food. In addition to extensive foraging, I made some academic papers and classes, ran an underground restaurant in my house, and documented the Local Food Movement. In 2008, I wrote a Manifesto for a similar social movement for Local/Slow/Artisan Objects. In 2013 I did an exhibition about these ideas at the Gaffa Gallery, Sydney.

I also love to Work, and am fascinated by work as an aspect of our humanity. Artisans build businesses around quality of work, as quality of life. They offer the antidote for unaccountable, externalizing commodity chains: autonomous production of sustainable, durable, and meaningful products verified through direct transaction relationships.

Tibor Kiss

Tibor is an industrial designer who makes trams for a living and his own clothes because no one else makes what he wants.  He treasures well-made items, especially those inherited from his family.

I have these skills that I collected for 20 years. I don’t want these skills to be sold to Chinese corporations. Why not give away my skills to people who could actually benefit hugely from that.

I have a love for design, and a love for India. It’s a pleasure to make my own designs and work with people, so I’m finding skilled artisans in Kerala who want to collaborate on my designs.

We met on a date, found we weren’t compatible, and went our separate ways.

But something nonromantic had resonated, and 6 months later we met again. Our resonances got louder until we realized that we did have something to do together.

Now we want to meet you! If you have ideas to share, please send us a message.

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Artisan Modern is about the opportunity for meaningful materialism.

The Objectography is a collection of stories about objects – things you’ve kept, things you miss, your relationships with artisans, and quests for specific objects. Sharing these stories inspires new relations to ownership and aquisition.

The directory of Ateliers is an open directory of Artisans, and can be used to search for things you need and want to acquire.

Our Magazine introduces a modern approach to quality work, transactions and objects, and to artisans who are making beautiful food and things with pleasure and ethics.

We offer occasional Numbered Editions which superlatively express the qualities we nurture.

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