Studio Visit: Andrew Pearce Bowls

Five years after opening, they're now the world's largest producer of hand-turned wooden bowls

Just off Route 4 in Taftsville, Vermont, in the shadow of the state’s lush greenscape, Andrew Pearce converts rugged, earthy trees into ornate bowls and kitchen accessories. His father, Simon Pearce, owns a self-titled operation, too—a company that makes glassware, glass accessories and other home goods. Admittedly, Andrew learned a lot of what he knows now from his father, a goldmine of a mentor. “It …

VIVO Walls’ Plant Holders

Wood and steel meet repurposed glass liquor bottles in these functional art pieces

Philadelphia-based videographer/photographer Rocco Avallone often has his lens focused on musicians. His documentary collective Out of Town Films has traveled the world to capture live sets, often in intimate spaces, from indie bands. When away from the camera, however, he makes striking, useful sculptures of wood, glass, steel and plants. The industrial design grad started sketching ideas for vertical planters when he ran out of …

A Multifunctional, Blue-Stained Wooden Bike Rack

Upcycled from trees devastated by the pine beetle epidemic in British Columbia

ICYMI: a pine beetle epidemic has attacked more than 44 million acres of pine trees in British Columbia over the past 15 years—with warmer temperatures aiding the population to grow and spread far beyond its typical reach. Not only do the beetles lay eggs beneath the tree bark—eventually killing the tree—but they also insert a fungus that stains the wood blue. This aesthetic “defect” earns …