Have you seen the much anticipated Hand Made issue of Wallpaper? This annual exploration into all things handmade, once again, does not disappoint. In fact there are so many beautiful, artful stories, it was hard to select just one to share. I chose Paper Airplanes by Studio Glithero and Baddeley Brothers, for a multitude of reasons. Yes, they are handmade. But, by tradition that is often the case. These airplanes are special not only for that one important quality. The designers craft of making the paper and the applied pattern is deliberate, well composed and perfectly placed in the final form. Additionally, the adaptation of equipment to create these planes; those used for envelope folding, is a stroke of brilliance. I have such respect and admiration for the designer who celebrates the process of creation as this team does. Each step carefully considered. No shortcuts. Every necessary event given the time and space it needs to become a beautiful detail in the finished object. I hope you enjoy the video of this exploration in creativity and flight. I certainly did.
The following introduction by Wallpaper, provides insight about the designers and their craft.
“The duo behind Studio Glithero have created a niche for themselves as self-documenting designers, creating beautiful objects, as well as films to show exactly how they did it (watch it here).
We were cock-a-hoop when they signed up as collaborators for Handmade this year, and even more so when they suggested working with London-based letterpress printers Baddeley Brothers. But even we were surprised how far they flew with our simple fleet of paper planes idea, creating not only five stunning designs, exquisitely die-stamped and embossed by Baddeley Brothers, but also this short film that might leave you crying into your cappuccino”.
Founded by Sarah van Gameren and Tim Simpson, who studied together at London’s Royal College of Art, Studio Glithero is known for its time-based installations, which give birth to unique products and stunning films focusing on the creative process.
Since 1859, and through five generations of the original family, Baddeley Brothers (currently Chris and Charles Pertwee) has been a skilled purveyor of stationery and traditional printing techniques, from copperplate to foil letterpress, all produced at its east London workshops.