Manufactum attempts to avoid what they call "the proliferation of paler imitations, produced by unimaginative competitors at the lowest possible price." Instead, their products are classic, exceptionally made, and designed for long use...
Browsing through their website confirms this. Their products, although simple in nature (a vegetable peeler, washing brushes, or some note cards) all have the look and (virtual) feel of a substantive product — something made with only the best materials and with close attention to detail.
With this type of quality comes a higher price (everything is priced in Euros as well). But we think it probably all balances out in the end. Instead of spending less and having to replace it more often, you spend a little more upfront and you have it for life. It's a good philosophy to live by, and one that we try and keep in mind. In a sense, you get what you pay for.
All of their chosen products have been:
* manufactured with great skill according to traditional methods and are thus reliable and practical;
* are made of materials that were carefully chosen to suit the purpose
* are made from traditional materials, i.e. metal, glass, wood etc., that can be repaired and are, therefore, more environmentally friendly.
Check out more of their products at their website.
>>Updated from this post originally published 5.2.07 (13 Comments)