Craft in Commercial Space: Monmade & Fallingwater

A design residency enriches a Pennsylvania landmark
Blog Post
Monmade
Nov. 26, 2019

Efficient use of commercial property is more important than ever as cities and towns reinvent their spaces to support new ways of working and living. While architects and urban planners often get top-billing in these conversations, artisans and craftspeople are playing an invaluable role in local development efforts.

Consider a recent example from Mill Run, Pennsylvania. Monmade--a Pittsburgh-area trade group of regional craft businesses, maker enterprises, design-build shops, and entrepreneurial artists--participated in a residency at Frank Lloyd Wright landmark Fallingwater. The results were a stunning opportunity to reimagine an already legendary space while highlighting the role of artisans in making commercial spaces more functional and more representative of local craft.

Crafting Pathways is an effort meant to highlight the ways craftspeople and artisans are driving local economic development and building future-proof skills in makers themselves. We believe that craft manufacturing is a critical talent and cultural development tool that can make work and income more accessible to more Americans. Have a story you'd like to share? Email Molly Martin.