Travelling is an inescapable necessary evil in the product and furniture world.
Visiting factories around the world comes hand in hand with design, development and manufacture. It may sound like a glamorous jet-set lifestyle but the truth is you never see the countries and see more of the inside of factories and airports, plus I need to plant allot of trees to offset my carbon footprint!
So below are some snaps of the inside of factories and glimpse of the countries through car windows. From my most recent trip across China and India.
Chair frames as far as the eye can see.
Followed by a 2 day photoshoot; the New Jonah Table coming soon to MADE.
I went to an amazing fabric mill, that had the latest Italian machinery parked right next to some turn of the century mills, that still used punched cards; both busily clunking away being used.
Painstakingly connecting the next roll of thread.
QC check – fancy staring at that for 6 hours a day.
Was information overload for the eyes, everywhere I looked was a photo ready to be snapped. Below is a fleeting view of what I managed to spot.
I saw a huge range of animals roaming the streets as I was carted,from factory to factory. Cows, goats, dogs, pigs, camels, horses, elephants, monkeys…
I think the entire Indian economy is funded from this chair it was everywhere.
A brief stop for Xmas presents then onwards.
Loving the cello taped flowers on this wedding car.
Nowhere looks quite finished!
Off to rug factories and I just love the ‘pompom’ books, like Pantone Chips for rugs.
Picking out some colours for new rugs.
Metal elephant anyone?
Dinner under the stars, eating my weight in meat skewers, yum.
Hand painted signage on shops and truck, just add to the kaleidoscope of colours as you drive down dusty roads.
Always look up, how amazing is this and I nearly missed it.
Another showroom stacked high.
ooh lovely swatches.
Nomadic corner shop.
a proper traffic jam.
I saw allot of people and things being transported about on a back of a bike, but this trip this was my record: 6.
Note the Dad is the only one in a helmet!
6 train journeys
+ 2 Day shoot
= 1 exhausted Kirsty!