The Story Of Tools

'The best tools last a lifetime - or even several…' The Story of Tools is Hole & Corner’s first foray into book publishing and will be released this May.

The Story of Tools – pre-order your copy now

The Story of Tools is the first hardback book from Hole & Corner. Published by Pavilion, our book explores our relationship with the most fundamental of objects – those that allow us to realise our potential as makers, problem solvers and doers.

From fungus to furniture – Sebastian Cox

Sebastian Cox explains how he’s combining tradition with biotech futurism to create a homeware range out of mushrooms. ‘It’s very satisfying to email a customer and write, Thank you for your order, your product is now growing,’ he says…

Factory Corners – Isle of Harris

For clothing designer Ashley Watson, a work trip to Skye with his vintage motorbike afforded an unexpected bonus – a visit to Carloway Mill on the Isle of Harris, home of one of the world’s most respected fabrics. It made me think, he says, how all too often I look for inspiration from far-flung places …

The Curators' Guide to Venice

With the Venice Biennale up and running once more (until 25 November 2018), we asked the people who know it best – the hoteliers, the art critics, the artists and most of all the curators – to open up their little black books for us…

A rare glimpse inside the HQ of porcelain masters Nymphenburg

At Nymphenburg’s Munich headquarters, the fine line between art and craft is blended in a way that only the stillest of hands can achieve, armed with 300 years of acquired skill in porcelain manufacture – but always with the attitude of an open and enquiring mind. ‘You always have to learn,’ says master craftsman Anton Hörl…

How Christina Kim built her cult brand dosa

Motivated by the need to keep traditional skills alive as new generations move on from their parents’ vocations, Christina Kim has built her own business into an internationally-respected brand – all thanks to a special talent: ‘I can see and mimic,’ she says…

The Glassblowers of Saint-Louis

In the tiny French village of Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, a centuries-old performance takes place every day, as the craftspeople at Saint-Louis crystal work in eight-hour shifts to produce some of the most exquisite glassware in the world. Come and join the dance…

Foraging with Toast’s Jessica Seaton

The local landscape has always informed Jessica Seaton’s work; be it Toast, the fashion brand she co-founded with her husband Jamie, or foraging for ingredients in West Wales – which is where we found her, listening to trees…

The Slow Burn

Ben Short gave up an advertising job in London to become a charcoal burner and hedge-layer in Dorset. He isn’t a craftsman, he insists, more of a semi-skilled labourer devoted to The Old Way. ‘I didn’t know what I wanted to do,’ he says, ‘but I knew I wanted to be useful.’

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