In a have-it-now world, we're determined to slow down by hand-crafting products for your family and home in an obsessive, old-world craftsmanship kind of way.For general inquiries, please email us at hello[at]stockhome.us, or find us on these social media sites:
What's in a Name - 7.19.17
Shakespeare said that a rose called by any other name would smell as sweet. But brands aren't flowers and pulling one up by the roots is probably on every Branding 101's "Do Not Do" list. We started Twig nearly four years ago with little more than the woodworker's equivalent to gardening shears. Even so, we worked at it, grew along the way, and the harvest was sweet. But, as they always do, seasons change. Now looking back, we realize we spent too much time and effort working in the wrong field. We love our wooden toys, but we are not toymakers. Our designs were meant to be part of something bigger — your home and your family.
So we've torn up the course syllabus and decided to move forward under the name Stockhome—a design studio crafting products for your home that are both well-designed and well-made. We’re inspired by Scandinavian aesthetic and Japanese philosophy and believe traditional craftsmanship is now a radical concept worth preserving.
The Simple Life - 7.04.17
It’s not uncommon for men and women to look back into the past of their given professions. Lawyers look to prior precedents, doctors examine medical journals, and businessmen analyze successful case-studies. I’m certainly not a doctor, nor a lawyer, and I would consider myself an amateur businessman at best. The truth is, I studied advertising at my alma mater. Don Draper, coincidentally, had just begun his tenure on cable TV. So even before graduation, things looked promising. I soon realized, however, that the floor-to-ceiling windows, designer furniture, and beautiful secretaries I was used to seeing in the halls of Madison Avenue were just a metaphor for the hum of fluorescent lights, beige padded cubicles, and co-workers microwaving broccoli for lunch. The camera really does add 10 pounds of BS. So after some arm twisting, I decided to move on. Not because I don’t love good advertising — I do. But I hate bad advertising. Perhaps it was this paradox I couldn’t stomach. The best ads and ideas are typically hidden from the public — accessible only in yearly award show publications. While the worst fare is fed to us by advertisers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For the past few years, I’ve chosen to work with wood—a craft with a rich history indeed. As I’ve looked to the past of this trade, I’ve become enamored with traditional Japanese carpentry techniques and philosophy. The Japanese believe a tree acts as a link between the heavens above and the earth below. Trees have a spirit and one can give them a second life as a piece of furniture. Care must be taken, however, not to work against nature. This often means meticulous attention to details such as simplicity, waste-reduction, growth direction, and joinery.
In that spirit, we designed the Kyoto chair. Each is hand-crafted using traditional carpentry techniques, hand-tools, and not a single nail or piece of hardware. So it seems that by looking to the past we find roads to the future. Or maybe I’m just a mad man. Shop the collection here >
Easy as ABC - 6.28.17
The first known wood type catalog was published in 1828 by Darius Wells. What’s not known, however, is if Mr. Wells printed that catalog with wood type or the metal variety — a seeming paradox in our narrative, but I digress. In it he outlined the advantages of using wood type. Its availability, lightness, even surfaces, and low-cost made it the logical alternative to lead.
But before the science of mass production was introduced to the art of type, most letterforms were drawn and hand-carved out of a block of wood. The origin of woodblock prints can actually be traced back some 1000 years earlier to the Chinese. Initially, images were used much like a stamp to disseminate texts. But by the early seventeenth century, artists and painters were using them to print designs on paper and silk.
It’s now 2017 and wood type is all but petrified, so we’ve undertaken a new project. Light Type is a series of four-sided alphabet block candles aimed at introducing you and your children to classic typefaces (Gotham, Helvetica, Bodoni & Baskerville). Each is cast in pure beeswax from traditional wood block type as a way to revive the art form all but lost in a digitally dominated world. Shop the collection here >