Very simply, we want to inspire people to engage deeply with the objects in their home, with 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 yearn for.

Use the curated international directory of artisans 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 our magazine, Objectography.

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.

Throughout my life, I have experienced delight through food. In addition to extensive foraging, this has taken many forms, from academic papers and classes, to running an underground restaurant in my home, to documenting the Local Food Movement. In 2008, I wrote a Manifesto for a social movement for Local/Slow/Artisan Objects.

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.

His dream is to make objects in close collaboration with skilled artisans in Kerala.

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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