Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Design and Obsolesence

So I've been obsessing over the past few months, especially through the holiday season, about how many SALES are going on ALL THE TIME everywhere. Really? Is this entirely necessary? I for one can't follow this lead. I'm too small a company with too much invested in my products. I design with intent - to make my designs last, a long time hopefully. And this morning I found this video. Brilliant, Simple, Done.  Link to Fast Company article by Belinda Lanks on the design genius of Dieter Rams, "exclusive interview, the master discusses his time at Braun, Apple, the importance of entrepreneurs in driving design innovation, and the role of sustainability."

Against obsolescence from Vitsœ on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Educating the American Consumer - North Carolina Organic Cotton

TS Designs, a t-shirt manufacturer in North Carolina has been walking the organic walk for more than a decade. They print t's 'for any organization looking for a better quality product with a better environmental and social impact.' I love their rehance printing process. As the owner, Eric Henry states so eloquently, It's all about education and supporting American manufacturing. They're creating the jobs that politicians are just talking about. I have such admiration for a company like this.  My dream is to aquire enough capital to work with as many US companies like TS designs as we can for our fabric by the yard, and women's accessories. This video says so much in just a few minutes. Take 5, it's worth the watch.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Signature OT Chair in the works...

With the help of my talented carpenter brother, Glenn Oliveira, we are developing/constructing a  signature chair for Oliveira Textiles - using re-purposed birch, solid plywood (not particle board) soy foam and our printed hemp fabric! The chairs will be made to order..stay tuned.