Quality is worthwhile. It makes for better work, more responsible ecological husbandry, and more meaningful consumption.
And quality is neither obsolete nor a luxury.
Alongside the global commodity chain, its externalities, influencers, superstores, outlets, color trends, upsells, and degradations, there is another world of objects. These objects are made with an entirely different set of rules than those used by global manufacturers and retailers, rules that invert business postulates. Instead of streamlining the manufacturing processes, they maintain quality in part for the experience. Instead of tricking customers by obscuring degradations of product value, artisans offer the highest possible value. The pleasure they take extends beyond qualities that the acquisitor will even see.
Instead of externalizing waste, they steward materials. Instead of replacing products with new styles, they create aesthetics that will maintain their appeal. Instead of degrading products and externalizing costs, they become experts in product integrity. Artisans’ commitments raise their costs, increase the difficulty of their work, and it makes that work meaningful.
Artisan Modern proposes that they key to renovating our habits of consumption is reverent materialism. We love many of our objects, for beautiful reasons. By telling those stories, we will come to reflect more frequently and deeply about future acquisitions. The Objectography is a collection of stories about your and our objects – treasured, coveted, regretfully lost. It’s about heirlooms, long quests, needed repairs, and bad decisions.
The Magazine presents interviews with artisans and explores ideas about consumption and production.
We aim to build the best database of Artisan Ateliers, to help Aquisitors meet more needs by direct purchasing.
Finally, we will produce a few numbered Editions that superlatively express the ethics of Artisan Modern.
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