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 […]

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 […]

We Are Moving!

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in concrete design house, misc
We Are Moving!

Maybe you have already heard, but we are moving our showroom. Yep, that’s right, we’re moving. No worries though. We are still going to be on the Southside. We just needed more shop space. But the problem is that we will not have our new showroom ready in time and we do not want to […]

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 […]

Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in architecture, concrete design house, design, misc
Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth

Bruce Mau is a well known self-taught Canadian designer who, until recently, worked primarily with brands and environments. His firm Bruce Mau Design continues this work, but Bruce Mau the man along with his wife has started a new venture called Massive Change, which was borne out of an art exhibition on the future of […]

Belong to Where You Are

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in concrete design house, design, misc
Belong to Where You Are

I found this image on Tumblr the other week and really liked what it said. “Belong to where you are.” But since then, it has started to bug me. What does this even mean? Obviously it is cueing into a very base human need to belong, but it is also being very specific to whom […]

A Culture of Repair

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in design, misc, repair
A Culture of Repair

Opportunities for creativity are what we live for around here. We all become pretty grumpy when we fall into those creative slumps where life/work start requiring that we just get stuff done. We love and thrive on the periods of design, the moments of problem solving and days spent making something new and unseen. But […]

Luxury and Craftsmanship.

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in concrete design house, design, interior design, misc
Luxury and Craftsmanship.

What is luxury? It has been defined as many things over the centuries and seems to be difficult to pin down. For the purposes of this post let us just agree that luxury is what the rich have and the poor do not. (Never mind even attempting to define rich and poor.) Luxury is something […]

Great Process = Great Product

Great Process = Great Product

A good friend of mine recently sent me a message about a t-shirt he had seen. On this shirt was screen printed the words “Great Process = Great Product”. I imagine it was probably some sort of branded advertising shirt, created to impress on the viewer the quality of said company’s product (as an obvious […]

Mystery and the Creative Process

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in concrete design house, design, interior design, misc
Mystery and the Creative Process

Life is full of mystery. I sometimes wonder if we don’t try to forget this or at least try to ignore it. Admittedly, mystery can be difficult. It’s really not understood and it often undermines our sense of control. While probably any normal person would admit that it is impossible to maintain total control of […]

Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor

I am very excited to share a treat with you this week. He is the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. If you are already familiar with him, please forgive me for arriving late to the party. I can’t believe I haven’t found him before now. He was born in1943 as the son of a cabinet maker. […]

Thinking on what it is to be “local”.

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in concrete design house, misc, training
Thinking on what it is to be “local”.

What does it mean to be local? To be a part of a local economy? To be a neighbor in a neighborhood? But then again, what does it mean to be a neighbor in a community that is not defined by geography? These questions are especially important in a time that globalism is the norm, […]

Shop Class as Soulcraft

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in concrete design house, design, misc, training
Shop Class as Soulcraft

As stated on our about page we at Set in Stone “are just simple designer/makers trying to do better.” Though this may seem simple and benign enough, the truth is that defining what “better” is and following through is anything but simple. We live in a time full of choice and all the distractions that […]

John Cleese on Creativity

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in design, misc
John Cleese on Creativity

      When I first watched this video I found it most encouraging and enlightening. I posted it on FaceBook because that really is the easiest and fastest way to share things on the web, but the more I have thought about it, the more these ideas deserved exploring. We at Set in Stone […]

the Teahupo’o bench

the Teahupo’o bench

Sometimes it seems that pieces make themselves. But we all know this not to be true. Blood, sweat and profanity is always spilt. It is during these bloody gory times that skill, passion and inspiration fall into place and “life” is created. This is what happened with the Teahupo’o bench. The truth is that the […]

Fixing, repairing and general mayhem

Fixing, repairing and general mayhem

So as a follow up to our last post on Wabi-Sabi (click here to read) I thought it would be a good time to introduce some thoughts on what it means to repair our own stuff. Wabi-Sabi (as we approached it) is a philosophical/aesthetic ideal that embraces the wear and tear of life on materials […]

Wabi-Sabi?

Wabi-Sabi?

I have recently been reading on the Asian aesthetics of wabi-sabi and have found it very interesting and inspiring. Granted it has its origins in philosophy and religion, but I am mostly concerned with its physical and aesthetic application. There is a lifetime of understanding and nuance that I am lacking, but I do not […]

Hobson- concrete bike stand/table

Hobson- concrete bike stand/table

What is a Hobson? Well that’s the wrong question my friend. Who is Hobson is more accurate. Hobson is the fictional butler of Arthur, who is loyal, unapologetic and always fashionable. Our Hobson is a handsome bike stand/table for your entryway. He is simple sophisticated and functional, not unlike the real fictional Hobson. His small […]

the 300 Year Old Mantel

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in architecture, design, GFRC, interior design, misc
the 300 Year Old Mantel

Could we recreate a 300 year old French stone mantel out of concrete? This was the question posed to us by a hopeful client. She had visions of old world beauty and character with all of its aged worn, charm being created in her living room.

Say Hello to Irene

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in concrete design house, design, interior design, misc, modern
Say Hello to Irene

Introducing Irene. She’s a beaut of an iPad workstation. Cast from concrete (yeah thats right, concrete) she is dependable, sophisticated and incredibly hip. ¬†Who wants to look at a stray piece of plastic sitting on their desk when their iPad is mobile? Irene looks good and functions whether or not she is cradling your iPad. […]