Sinclair Smith & Company is a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Brooklyn, NY. Our services include strategic consulting, industrial design and interior design.



American craftsmanship

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 in Craft, Home Improvement, Manufacturing


There was a great piece on the state of American craftsmanship in the Times way back in July that I’ve taken forever to post… ” The Home Depot approach to craftsmanship — simplify it, dumb it down, hire a contractor — is one signal that mastering tools and working with one’s hands is receding in America as a hobby, as a valued skill, as a cultural influence that shaped thinking and behavior in vast sections of the country.” Read the whole article here.

Multiplo– modular furniture cushions

I saw this product Multiplo on Treehugger and had to curse a little for the similarity it bears to one of my student projects, Gogo Blocks. Of course I’m not claiming foul play, and I applaud the people at Multiplo for the one thing it takes to make any idea come to life– follow through. They made it happen and their
product totally outshines my student models below…

Amerock Stratoline cabinet hardware

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 in Antiques, Furniture, Hardware, Home Improvement

I just totally stumbled on this. Sometimes you have to randomly click page 9 on a google search to get to the good stuff. Check out Stan the Old Hardware Man. He sells discontinued hardware. These cabinet pulls are pretty sweet– the kind of stuff I only see on enameled kitchen pieces being thrown out on mid-western sidewalks.

Dream home in Stockbridge, MA

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 in Antiques, Architecture, Decay, Home Improvement

Another day has come when I’d rather die than go to sleep knowing I cannot have this toy. Oh the joys and pains of owning a house like this. Unbelievable. Quick, someone give me a really big account. I’m gonna need at least a million bucks and a year off to bring this elegant, old lady back to life.

Ancient Industries

Beautiful store. Beautiful blog. How I long on days like these for my muggy view of the Thames.

The resurgence of fans?

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Home Improvement, Product, Science, Tools

I was happy to read this article in the Times about ceiling fans. There’s too much AC in the world. We can’t afford. It’s not sustainable. Ironically it’s only making the planet hotter. At the very least, adding a ceiling fans to an HVAC system can seriously improve overall efficiency.

Building slump closes a whole town

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Architecture, Business, Home Improvement, Manufacturing

This article in msnbc.com reports on how the housing slump slowed construction, slowing sales of USG brand Sheetrock, forcing the shutdown of one of its plants, thus closing an entire town in Neveda. An entire zip code will be discontinued. Wild.

Portable On Demand Storage

Posted on May 30, 2011 in Endless stuff, Home Improvement, Transportation

Running out of room inside? Get PODS! Your neighbors will be glad you did.

Fireman’s pipe ladder

Posted on May 11, 2011 in Hardware, Home Improvement, Tools

I’m a cast hardware and fittings geek so I had to stop to check out these bolt-on climbing pegs for a 4 inch sprinkler main with an inspector’s drain valve and shut off way out of reach from the floor. (Reminds me my plumber keeps telling me I have to paint my main sprinkler branch red. Ugh… Endless home improvement.)

Oi my aching basecap! tsk tsk tsk.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 in Architecture, Dysfunction, Home Improvement, Tools

Dear carpenters, if you miscalculate the run on your stair baseboard, this is not how to resolve it. As impressive as your mitering skills may be and as many digits as you may be willing to lose showing them off, running rococo with your basecap is never the right solution. Granted, I should be paying more attention to my child when taking him from school, but these are the things that drive me mad. Fondly, Sinclair.