Skip
Current Issue
This Month's Print Issue

Follow Fast Company

We’ll come to you.

  • <p>Finally, Stephen Hawking as he was intended to be: a giant wooden ROBOT!!! By Michael Rea</p>
  • <p>To make these shoes, Marloes ten Bhömer, one of our favorite footwear designers here at Co.Design, slowly rotated a liquid rubber material in a mold until the resulting forms emerged.</p>
  • <p>These ping-pong paddles feature elaborate marquetry and were part of a larger "Urban Picnic" project, in which designer Gareth Neal installed picnic tables, benches, and other leisurely accoutrements around East London.</p>
  • <p>By Sylvia Fletcher</p>
  • <p>Kevin Cyr uses die-casting techniques to make realistic-looking mini vans. (Get it, get it? Mini? Vans?) He’s also done a Vandura and an Econoline Chateau.</p>
  • <p>Architect Michelle Wibowo makes insanely detailed -- and anatomically correct -- cake sculptures in the likeness of newborn babies, with each taking more than 15 hours to carve, sculpt, and paint. Uh, happy birthday?</p>
  • <p>Designer Dan Yeffet’s own fingerprint served as the model for these whimsical hanging lampshades.</p>
  • <p>Damian O’Sullivan redesigns medical prosthetic devices to include an element of beauty.</p>
  • <p>Shauna Richardson makes realistic-looking taxidermy, using a free-style crochet technique (ergo the name "crochetdermy"). The Power of Making showcases her life-size brown bear, which took seven months to complete.</p>
  • <p>It’s a high heel that doubles as a guitar. And you can actually play it! Of course whether you can walk in it is another matter. By Chicks on Speed</p>
  • <p>By Sandra Backlund</p>
  • 01 /12 | Prosthetic suit for Stephen Hawking With Japanese Steel

    Finally, Stephen Hawking as he was intended to be: a giant wooden ROBOT!!! By Michael Rea

  • 02 /12 | Earrings
  • 03 /12 | Rotational moulded shoe

    To make these shoes, Marloes ten Bhömer, one of our favorite footwear designers here at Co.Design, slowly rotated a liquid rubber material in a mold until the resulting forms emerged.

  • 04 /12 | Urban Picnic

    These ping-pong paddles feature elaborate marquetry and were part of a larger "Urban Picnic" project, in which designer Gareth Neal installed picnic tables, benches, and other leisurely accoutrements around East London.

  • 05 /12 | Anemone hat

    By Sylvia Fletcher

  • 06 /12 | Miniature Chevy van

    Kevin Cyr uses die-casting techniques to make realistic-looking mini vans. (Get it, get it? Mini? Vans?) He’s also done a Vandura and an Econoline Chateau.

  • 07 /12 | Sculpted Baby Cake

    Architect Michelle Wibowo makes insanely detailed -- and anatomically correct -- cake sculptures in the likeness of newborn babies, with each taking more than 15 hours to carve, sculpt, and paint. Uh, happy birthday?

  • 08 /12 | Suspension lamp

    Designer Dan Yeffet’s own fingerprint served as the model for these whimsical hanging lampshades.

  • 09 /12 | Ceramic eye patch

    Damian O’Sullivan redesigns medical prosthetic devices to include an element of beauty.

  • 10 /12 | Crochetdermy Bear

    Shauna Richardson makes realistic-looking taxidermy, using a free-style crochet technique (ergo the name "crochetdermy"). The Power of Making showcases her life-size brown bear, which took seven months to complete.

  • 11 /12 | E-shoe

    It’s a high heel that doubles as a guitar. And you can actually play it! Of course whether you can walk in it is another matter. By Chicks on Speed

  • 12 /12 | Knitted dress

    By Sandra Backlund

On the face of it, there is absolutely nothing that a medical mold for nose transplants has in common with a giant gorilla sculpted out of metal coat hangers. Or with a lace G-string from Poland, for that matter. Yet, all three ended up in the same exhibit at the London V&A. How!?

Simple: The show, called The Power of Making, is about global makers and the raft of cool, crazy stuff they dream up. Now normally when you think of "makers" you think of geeks who spend Friday night pulling D&D miniatures out of a MakerBot printer in their parents’ basement. The V&A has (thankfully) adopted a much broader definition. "Maker" covers everyone from an Israeli prosthetic-limb designer to a hyper-realistic cake decorator to retired naval officer Tony Casdagli, the only male member of the Chelsea Ladies sewing group. What they share is the ability to wield technology, be it old (a needle and thread) or new (3-D printers), to create wildly inventive objects whether for medicine, entertainment, the domestic sphere, or fine art.

"This exhibition celebrates the importance of traditional and time-honoured ways of making but also highlights the extraordinary innovation taking place around the world," says Daniel Charny, who curated the exhibition. "We aim to show how the act of making in its various forms, from human expression to practical problem solving, is shared by all." Polish panty seamstresses included.

loading