Forging in Niigata, Japan

Forging in Niigata, Japan

Peter Buchanan-Smith is a New York–based designer, and entrepreneur. Throughout his 25 year career he has worked in close partnership with brands and artists to craft products and experiences that are as simple and elegant as they are meaningful and lasting.

His work spans a wide range of clients, including art direction of the New York Times; creative direction for Paper magazine; and work for fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, television star Ellen DeGeneres, musical legends David Byrne, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Justin Timberlake, and the band Wilco.

Peter is also the author of several books, including The Wilco Book, and he has collaborated on many others, including Strunk and White’s classic The Elements of Style with illustrator Maira Kalman. His first book, Speck: A Curious Collection of Uncommon Things explores the fascinating lives of ordinary people and commonplace objects.

This connection between people and objects is also at the heart of Best Made, the company he founded in 2009, and left in 2019.

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