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7 / 9 / 2021
FEEL MORE VALUED: A MANUAL TO HAPPINESS
The increased time all of us have spent at home this year has encouraged many of us to try out new things, with the arts and crafts movement experiencing an explosion of interest. From ceramics, to making chocolate babka, to becoming an origami expert, the concept of ‘busy hands, calm mind’ has been embraced across the globe by people who want to improve a skill or experience the therapeutic benefits of working with their hands.
British designer Daniel W. Fletcher is a strong believer in these benefits: “In my day to day life I spend a lot of time on the phone and my laptop - this was heightened last year by the lack of face-to-face meetings and introduction of Zoom to my life - so working with my hands is something I really value. “
“Getting on a sewing machine and making something physical really takes me to a different place, it forces me not to look at my emails for a while which is something we should all be doing more of. There is also a huge sense of satisfaction that comes from seeing something physical come together in front of you.”
This trend can also be seen elsewhere at the elite fashion level, from Loewe’s Weaves Collection to the Manufacto Skills Factory by Hermès. According to The Art of Feeling More, published by Lexus in collaboration with trend forecasters WGSN, hand-crafted products and investment in manual skills will increasingly be perceived as luxury, as such special pieces can act as heirlooms, transferring both financial and emotional value to the next generation.
Connection and value aren’t limited to heirlooms, with other prized possessions able to showcase consideration and craftsmanship. The all-new Lexus NX, designed by the marque’s legendary Takumi craftsmen, was created with a bespoke driving experience in mind. The superior materials were assembled by the brand’s guardians of the Takumi design ethos, resulting in a meticulous attention for detail synonymous with their work. From the cabin finish with ultra-precise accent stitching, to the comfort addressed in the precise front seat design and its cross-section shape, the NX has been fashioned with a human touch that is considered in every aspect of design and development.