How You Measure Value

Do you remember when your washing machine lasted 25 years and longer? Does it matter to you that the cultivating of obsolesce actually costs us more in dollars, in time, in the manufacture of waste, and in the accumulation of objects that just aren't worthy of our investment or even contact with our senses?

"Spark joy" is current in the vernacular but the thinking, that items ought to create delight, does have merit and short-lived commodities that spark discontent, via their poor quality or uninspired design, is an unfortunate business practice.

Some people are of the opinion that our work, and that of other artists and artisans, is "costly". That pronouncement reflects more on how we measure value as a culture than the worth of particular goods and services. You see, the last time I had a washing machine go motionless after only a few years of use, the repair person said I shouldn't call him again, that manufacturers had told him that they build their machines to work for only six years, "Just buy a new machine”, was his pronouncement.

One of our goals at METAL is to cherish and uphold longevity of product. It is best for our clients, it is best for the environment, it is best for us as designers and makers because it feeds the interest and satisfaction in the well built. If anything should befall something we've made in future generations we hope a repair person will say, "This is worthy of restoration. It was made so well, I'd hate to see it abandoned."

Much thought goes into our communication, our designs, and our fabrication and all of that actually preserves resources, builds relationships, and encourages the value of our time in association with people and with objects. “The reward of a thing well done is having done it”, wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson, and that is a maxim that we can live with and a practice that we feel serves more than our partnership.