Composure: Counterbalance

By Kyle Studstill.

Each week we feature someone bringing beautiful things into the world through artistry, craft, and strong inner perspective. This week we explore the virtues of counterbalance with Emily Fischer of Haptic Lab.


photo courtesy of Haptic Lab

Haptic Lab designs quilts, kites, and furniture with details that invite touch and physical interaction. And perhaps in this way helps us find a sense of balance between digital obsessions and real-world experiences, a kind of home to where we might return when feeling just a bit lost.

Emily Fischer, founder & architect:
“Haptic Lab is how I explore ideas that counter the digitization of our lives. I’m obsessed with the sense of touch, with how things are made, and how we interact with our physical environments. I want to express humanness; I want people to feel embodied and connected to their environments through what I make, combining old craft technologies with modern tools and resources.”


photo courtesy of Haptic Lab

Her inner perspective comes from:
“Pre-internet DIY culture and 1970s futurist design collectives like Ant Farm. I’m excited by ideas of radical self-reliance, motivated by the fact that I think the world is entering a human-created mass extinction event. I’m reading a lot of Elizabeth Kolbert and getting mega bummed out. It’s September and 90 degrees Fahrenheit in New York.”

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Kyle Studstill
Instagram: @alwayscomposure

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