To take an idea, no matter how whimsical or farfetched and to actually make it physical, make it whole, is the most creative act known to humankind. Yes, we build tract homes and outlet malls, but at its heart, building is a personal thing, borne from individual experience and obsession. Since the dawn of civilization, people have built things with meaning, from the humble and the mundane to the grand and sprawling.
Chris Stuart leaves his career as an industrial designer, returns to art school and learns how to build unique objects out of the finest materials. It becomes a career. Stuart creates “The Alfred,” a wooden table that draws inspiration from the Batman myth, as well as an almost impossibly practical desk lamp. Along the way, he learns the age-old lesson that quality is more important than quantity.
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