Epic 2016 – A gathering of concrete cognoscentes

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in concrete design house, creativity, Epic, GFRC

Assembled group
Ok, so this past week, we traveled a couple hours south to the outskirts of Atlanta to attend a Buddy Rhodes event called “Epic.” What’s Epic? Basically, it’s a three-day gathering of the world’s concrete artisans and makers to collaborate, talk, listen, learn, and push the envelope on what’s possible with concrete. I heard someone describe it as “A smaller specialized Burning Man for concrete enthusiasts”, and from what I experienced that might not be far off. One thing is sure; this creative world of concrete isn’t a boring place.

This is Rich Living…

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in concrete design house, creativity, design, video

When we talk about living rich this is what we are talking about. Enjoy.

Makers and Servants…

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in concrete design house, creativity, design
Makers and Servants…

This past week I had the unfortunate privilege of digging out my own septic tank by hand. Yes, in the middle of a hot humid north Georgia summer I was literally shoveling shit. This gave me plenty of occasion to think about everything, including what it is we do at Set in Stone (because the […]

A Little Whimsy to Start Your Week

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in creativity, design, misc, video
A Little Whimsy to Start Your Week

The ability to be silly and ludicrous is terribly underrated if not downright scorned. Perhaps we are too afraid of not being taken seriously. But being too serious and being too concerned how we could be seen is a sure creativity killer. Arguably, innovation and creativity necessitates a certain amount of freedom for success. This […]

Why Your Room Didn’t Turn Out Like that One in Architectural Digest

Why Your Room Didn’t Turn Out Like that One in Architectural Digest

So often, people see something that they like and they want to replicate it in their own homes. Sometimes this works but often it doesn’t. Why? Context. In design, context is everything. This is my mantra as an interior designer; it’s the one thing that I have the most difficulty helping people understand. And though […]

The Craft of the Repair

The Craft of the Repair

The ability and even the desire to repair and fix our own stuff is becoming increasingly rare. This fact saddens us. Repair is at the very core of self sufficiency. While it is important for the individual, it is crucial for communities. Cheap labor and manufacturing costs have paved the way for a culture of […]

Craft & Creativity

Craft & Creativity

There are two words that are especially dear to our hearts here in the studio. We undoubtedly use them too much. These words are “craft” and “creativity”. And yes while they may be trite and overused, we love them. They conjure up a multitude of meanings and are often linked together as if they are […]

Interview: Andy Roth

Interview: Andy Roth

Andy Roth is a craftsman that came through one of our training sessions last year. He hails from Canada and is one of the most creative and eclectic guys we know, so we asked him a few questions about his path and personal creative process. He has known he wanted to be a builder of […]

Interview: Charles Coleman

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in concrete design house, creativity, design, interview
Interview: Charles Coleman

I sat down with Charles Coleman on a warm fall afternoon to talk about his personal creative process and how it was developed. As our friend and official photographer, Charles has been hugely influential in the development of Set in Stone’s visual presentation. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed talking […]

Interview: Staj Olson of Set in Stone

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in concrete design house, creativity, design, interview
Interview: Staj Olson of Set in Stone

Staj Olson of Set in Stone sat down with me a week or so ago to discuss his personal views on creativity and his struggles with being a creative person. Staj is an incredibly pragmatic person; a self described “right-brain” thinker. This often implies that it is logic that rules the day rather than creativity, […]

Apologies.

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in architecture, creativity, design, interior design, misc

I am sorry for giving you two weeks in a row of links we like on the web. Things are crazy busy with various things, but I wanted to share some pretty cool things with you guys. The beauty and power of design driven thinking… for fun. Fantastic urban art by Borondo in Atlanta. Read […]

Ideas from the World Wide Web

Ideas from the World Wide Web

This week we are trying something new by sharing just a few awesome links we found this week. Enjoy.   Louis Khan: We have written about Louis Khan before (here), but this article in The Guardian is a good intro. Click here to read. Bathroom Styles: Interested in industrial style bathrooms? Check out some ideas […]

Interview: Justin Burd of Set in Stone

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in concrete design house, creativity, design, interview
Interview: Justin Burd of Set in Stone

Last week I had the chance to sit down with our own Justin Burd and talk about what living creatively means to him. It was a great conversation and especially interesting to hear how life outside of the shop affects his work. We began by talking about where he came form and how concrete became […]

Realizing What our Classes are Really About

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in blue concrete, Buddy Rhodes, creativity, design, training
Realizing What our Classes are Really About

Last week we had the privilege of leading another Buddy Rhodes Three Day Comprehensive Workshop. It was a full class of people from all over North America with all kinds of backgrounds. We had builders and artists, coffee shop owners and commercial real estate developers. It was a fantastically diverse group of people, but the […]

Interview: Nathan Smith of Set in Stone

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in creativity, interview
Interview: Nathan Smith of Set in Stone

This post is the beginning of an interview series with creative individuals in which we explore core ideas and practices of living creative lives. Through these conversations we hope to learn from and celebrate our own unique paths, methods, and stories. I had the opportunity to sit down over coffee with Nathan Smith and have […]

The Grind of the Creative Process

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in creativity, design
The Grind of the Creative Process

At its heart creativity is a process; a never-ending, invigorating and heart-breaking process. Creativity has many starts, stops, and pivots. This is exactly why we are passionate about it; for ourselves and for others. It is not reserved for only the artist, designer or craftsperson; everyone has the need and ability to be creative in […]

Creativity vs Art

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in creativity, design
Creativity vs Art

I have recently been privy to a very interesting conversation concerning the difference of creativity and art. My point of view has always been that these are two very distinct concepts, but for a good friend of mine they were the same. This was especially interesting in light of the fact that we have been […]