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



Ice cream making process cut-away

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 in Illustration, Manufacturing, Process

Great cut away illustration of this imaginary ice cream plant. Ice cream is always a good example product to use when you really need to talk about technical, boring and toxic industrial insulation products.

Max Lamb

Posted on May 6, 2012 in Craft, Furniture, People, Process

I’ve only today learned about Max Lamb. I’m in awe.

The above photo is from his Solids of Revolution project of turned concrete and felt stools.

Nytimes: The iEconomy

Posted on Jan 24, 2012 in Business, Featured, Manufacturing, Process, Tech

The New York Times piece, The iEconomy: How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work is a must read for anyone who cares about the state of this country and the direction in which we’re headed. I love Apple and I love this country. So it saddens me to watch our class structure deteriorate under a weight of consumer entitlement to the point where the working class cannot afford to work to manufacture the goods that it feels entitled to consume, and the ruling class cannot afford to manufacture at a price that reflects the purchase power of an employed and reasonably compensated consumer populace. It’s a bubble. Read the piece and try to envision for yourself where the American working class actually lives in the economy described in the article. And definitely watch the multi-media piece they put together. Excellent journalism and presentation. I hope they get a Pulitzer for this one.

Dolce Vita Conference Table

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 in Craft, Featured, Furniture, Hardware, Process, SS&CO projects

I’m really proud of this table I just did for Dolce Vita. I had drawn it as a super simple, single piece welded brass frame. But I went and double checked the freight elevator and stairwell in the Puck building and knew there was no way in hell it was going to get up to its new home. It had to be made in pieces. Oh but where to put the seams?!?!? Hide them in the corners or bury them in plain sight? I came up with this little cube detail for the middle of each side with reveals around it and used it as a coupling that slides into the four corner elements and holds it all together. I was nervous that it would look fussy and silly. I don’t think it does. I’m psyched. Looks good. Check it out.

Process: making an Eames Lounge Chair

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Furniture, graphic design, Manufacturing, Process

Belgian graphic designer and blogger Veerle Pieters has a great piece on her site about the making of an Eames Lounge Chair. Well done. Tx Veerle!

Via KR

Modern track laying tech

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Manufacturing, Process, Transportation

A friend passed along this incredible video of how mechanized railroad track laying occurs these days. Amazing. Watch the video here.

BAM: terra cotta components

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 in Architecture, Brooklyn, History, Process


Protected by chain link fence in a section of a parking lot across the street from Brooklyn Academy of Music there are some magnificent pieces of slip-cast ornamental terra cotta lying around. They are definitely part of BAM’s facade, but whether or not they are original, on their way out or on their way back up onto the building I do not know. I presume they are excess as restoration work was completed some time ago. Anyway, scroll through the gallery above to see more…