Discover Emerging and One-of-a-Kind Designers from Maker + Place

Contemporary objects should be functional, but remain connected to a rich tradition of craftsmanship. That’s part of the idea behind Maker + Place, an Aspen, Colorado, home retail space and design studio founded by Michaela Carpenter. A recent graduate of Chelsea College of Art and Design in London who studied textiles, Carpenter remains closely tied to her own work – and keenly aware of the special, inimitable value of fine handmade pieces. “They look and feel differently from things that are manufactured,” she says. “You can see the human hand at work in them. I think that is what will ultimately keep us sane in a world that is increasingly manufactured and technology based.”

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