Customer Creation: Fun Design on Traditional Home December 2, 2015 12:00

We are loving the customer's idea of installing the Doorlenz on a door that has a panel. We wouldn't have thought of that.

We see a lot of Doorlenz installations on modern homes, but we were very pleasantly surprised at how great it looks on this, more traditional, home.

Another great design idea! We are always impressed by what our customers come up with.

"Taking Imagination Seriously" | Janet Echelman November 18, 2015 12:00

There are so many sources of inspiration out there, so many people whose work is the personification of creativity. Below, Janet Echelman gives a Ted Talk on her work, and the success she's had from giving credit to her own imagination.

(The talk is just over 9 minutes long. Go ahead, take a break; it's worth it.)

What's great about this, is the repeated scenario of her saying that "_________ didn't we had to create it..."

This is an attitude that Craft-Modern fully supports and celebrates. It is something that we strive to do with our own pieces, and it's also something that we encourage from others.

What can we create today?

Three-Story Montreal Apartment November 11, 2015 12:00

Last week, Design-Milk featured a former sugar refinery, turned chic apartment, in Montreal.

The article describes the apartment as having "refined, industrial vibes," which we completely love. In fact, this is similar to the way we describe our own Gira Table; the term "New Industrial" is often thrown around the office.

 [Click here for the Gira Table gallery]

It describes pieces that are extremely sleek, often involving shiny (not rusted) metal, and sometimes a brilliant pop of color, in an industrial setting (i.e. an old refinery).

The interiors of this space, by Les Ensembliers, are beautifully curated. This apartment is a great (large scale) example of the "New Industrial" aesthetic for which the Gira Table was designed.

Color Feature- Amber October 21, 2015 12:00

Craft-Modern on Pinterest October 14, 2015 12:00

Have you found us on Pinterest yet?

Craft-Modern on Pinterest

We think Pinterest is pretty cool, and we use it to curate a collection of images that inspire us in the design process and also in our own spaces.

Visit our page to find...

  • boards centered on our own projects and others we've participated in
  • color features with ideas on how to incorporate color into every last corner of the room
  • creative ways to tie the Doorlenz and Gira Table into your own space  
  • various DIY projects
  • some of Craft-Modern's favorite sources of inspiration 



Why Aluminum? September 23, 2015 12:00

There are lots of reasons why we’ve chosen aluminum as a primary material for our products.

Craft-Modern is the creative result of founder Steve Fulton’s background in manufacturing. Aluminum is a material that he, personally, is very familiar with and uses often.

It has also been used quite a bit in furniture, however, usually it is low-cost, outdoor furniture with very little pleasing aesthetic. We appreciate and enjoy aluminum, and it's our belief that, when it comes to quality, artistic interiors, aluminum is a greatly underused material.


We like aluminum because…

  • It can be machined, using many different methods, to create interesting shapes
  • It can be finished in a variety of ways for compelling effects
  • It looks great when anodized; anodizing gives a bright glow to the finish
  • It is durable and stands up to weather when used outdoors
  • It’s a green material, and is easily and readily recyclable


People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler September 16, 2015 12:00

We have mentioned, a time or two, our appreciation for the mid-century modern aesthetic. Here in the Bay Area, we have the pleasure of beholding a pillar in MCM design--the Eichler communities.

Have you seen People in Glass Houses? It’s a 45-minute documentary on Eichler homes and what they mean to the people who have nurtured an unwavering appreciation for them through the years.

The film gives a proper serving of history on Joseph Eichler- his background, his personality, and his vision as he ignited a movement- and this is a great starting point for anyone who is looking to learn a little something. But the film is more than just a history lesson. It’s fun. In it, we are given a glimpse of life inside the walls…or...frames, rather.

One homeowner who was interviewed said that living in an Eichler is “like living in a piece of art…it’s more than just a residence, it’s a fuller existence.” Another goes on to talk about how life in an Eichler enables the mundane things to become an experience; things like, answering the telephone or flipping a light switch.

This concept is at the heart of Craft-Modern's designs. One of our primary motivations will always be to create pieces and ideas that enrich, that bring life to the day-to-day.