Fueled by a market interested in products that are both chic and rustic, designer and alumnus Peter Buchanan-Smith (MFA 2000 Design) began making sturdy, colorful axes that have been popular sellers, sought after by consumers ranging from woodsmen to the Saatchi Gallery in London. Inspired by his own difficulty finding a well-designed ax in Manhattan, Buchanan-Smith started Best Made Company, which began with the ax and now specializes in all sorts of well-designed tools.
In a profile in the Thursday, July 1, issue of The New York Times, Buchanan-Smith says, “With the ax, I wanted to do something simple and sweet. It was like an invitation to this world I wanted to create. The world of making things where notions of courage and fortitude are associated with it, but also playfulness and levity.”
The Times also interviewed Maira Kalman and Paola Antonelli, two of Buchanan-Smith’s former instructors in the MFA Design Department at SVA, about the axes. Click here to see a slide show of images from Buchanan-Smith’s studio.
Image: Axes designed by Peter Buchanan-Smith/Best Made Company.