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Ishac Bertran, artist and interaction designer

Interaction designers give shape to the relationships between people and machines. It is both an art and a science.

Ishac Bertran, as most interesting people you meet out there, is not stuck in a narrow field of work. He elegantly blends the fields of design and fine arts.

As a designer he works exploring new ways of relationship between people and technology, while as an artist he explores new ways of connecting analog and digital.

This new installment taps into Ishac’s practice and how he uses prototypes with varying degrees of fidelity as part of his work.

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Professional espresso machine brewing a coffee

Coffee comes with water

 

Nowadays coffee makers can choose from countless brewing techniques and machinery

A vast range of coffee beans.

Many shapes of cups and glasses.

Tampers, stencils, all sorts of dairy products. Spices, toppings, sweeteners…

Things have got really complex. And possibly a bit silly too.

Yet there is a little thing I have found in some cafeterias which, to me, adds more to the quality of the experience than the beans’ pedigree.

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Frank Buschmann

Frank Buschmann, wood and soul

Frank Buschmann is the type of person that makes the question “Where are you from?” irrelevant. He has lived in South Africa, Nigeria, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain… yet passport stamps are clearly not the goal.

In the professional space, he has also gone through various stages. Each of those made sense as part of an evolution. Nowadays Frank is a woodworker with a level of quality and attention to detail beyond almost anything I have seen before.

This new instalment of Finura features the summary of a long conversation with this seasoned craftsman.

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Joel Bukiewicz, knife maker

Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn talks about the human element of craft, and the potential for a skill to mature into an art. And in sharing his story, he alights on the real meaning of handmade—a movement whose riches are measured in people, not cash.