I’ve had a serious crush on today’s maker for a minute. So I’m beyond thrilled to introduce our eighth contributor, the part industrial design studio, design label and manufacturer, Yield Design Co! You may recognize their iconic range of bags, jewelry, and home goods, all of which feel sleek and modern, yet somehow timeless. Pairing American craft and ingenuity with an eye towards the future has created some truly stunning (and totally giftable) pieces.
tell us a bit about what you do – your process, your materials, what inspires and drives you.
We produce a wide range of goods from bags to furniture to jewelry. My process involves a lot of sketching, mocking up renders in 3d CAD, and creating prototypes either with our in house sewing team, or by 3d printing plastic samples to preview in person. I don’t limit myself to specific materials or processes as we team up with artisans who are experts in their own mediums, but we do focus on our final pieces being made of high quality, raw materials. For example, our rings are solid gold, never plated or “filled”. Our bags are natural canvas and leather. We like to lean on the natural quality of our materials and celebrate the subtle textures with minimal forms.
what is your favorite holiday tradition?
Baking my Lemon Gingersnap Cheesecake.
what’s your favorite gift to give?
I don’t necessarily have a go to gift, but definitely something personal and often homemade. This year I’m excited to make my 4 year old niece a storybook about our family’s dogs because she’s always begging us to tell more stories about them.
how do you maintain your creative process through the hectic holiday season?
I’m not sure I can confidently claim that I do! My attempts however are usually through more casual ideation. Andrew and I can discuss bigger picture ideas and concepts for the coming year, which is a little more fun and doesn’t necessarily require us to be on our computers. Luckily my brother is also a designer, so that always helps keep creative conversations going without feeling like we’re alienating the entire family ;)
any resolutions for the new year?
For work, it’s to organize more collaborative work! We’ve discussed collaborating with other friends and designers on new goods for a while now. It’s hard enough to organize our own new projects while running a business, so working with others remotely has been a little daunting, but I think 2016 will be the year we finally get to follow through with many of those!
images via yield design co.
Check out all 12 Makers of Christmas: all roads | candelles | colore´ grace | friedasophie | même | moulton | morning ritual jewelry | paper and clay | rebecca atwood | suite one studio | third eye assembly | yield design co.
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