Crafting Luxury (Book)

Craftsmanship, Manufacture, Technology and Retail Environments

A fresh approach to contemporary views of luxury focusing on extensive academic research and industry insights, pushing the boundaries by using luxury as a catalyst for innovative research in a variety of domains spanning design, art, craftsmanship, technology, retail, architecture and cultural and social studies. 12 col. illus.



Shaun is Associate Dean; Business, Innovation and Projects and is Head of the Digital Hack Lab, In Pursuit of Luxury and Creative Ideas in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in design-led innovation where design comes first – not as a service to fulfil a business strategy, but as a visionary path where design is considered to be an intrinsic part of decision making. Shaun’s research evaluates notions of luxury that seem far removed from today's world of excessive consumption.

Veronica Manlow is an associate professor at Brooklyn College's Murray Koppelman School of Business in the Business Management Department and the Academic Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at Brooklyn College, a programme focused on entrepreneurship. She is one of the directors of the In Pursuit of Luxury (IPOL) professional association and co-editor of the IPOL journal Luxury Studies.

Mark Bloomfield is a digital craftsman and artist based at London's iconic Oxo Tower. He is visiting professor of design, innovation and technology in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire. Mark has designed for some of the most influential and prominent designers, including Asprey, and Vivienne Westwood. Additionally, he has worked in film and TV making jewellery for Titanic, Judge Dredd, Braveheart and Gentleman Jack. Mark creatively combines traditional craft techniques with advanced digital processes.

Silvio Carta is an ARB and RIBA architect, fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Head of Art and Design at the University of Hertfordshire, where he is also Director of the Professional Doctorates in Fine Arts (DFA) and Design (DDES). His research focuses on computational design and spatial aspects of design. Silvio is head of the editorial board of Seoul-based C3 Magazine, editor of AMPS Architecture Media Politics and Society (UCL Press) and the author of Big Data, Code and the Discrete City (Routledge 2019) and Machine Learning and the City Reader (Wiley 2022).


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