I just had the conversation with my father-in-law before dinner on how important craftsmanship was in the world and how it has been pushed to the side by mass production and catalog sales. What happen to the days when you would contact your local cabinet maker to discuss exact measurements and woodgrain? The money that you may save (or not with shipping) by clicking and ordering your nightstands online is not even close to the quality and thought put into a custom piece made with actual hand tools and sweat.
Some cities come to mind straight away when you think of craft and design, but it’s also true that untapped markets offer opportunities for entrepreneurship. The Monocle Briefings talks with designers and artisans in Shanghai, Bradford, Winter Park in Florida and Nový Bor in the Czech Republic, who are reclaiming neglected traditions, adding a contemporary twist and attracting a new, global market.