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greg buntain & ian collings

OF fort standard

When BFFs Greg Buntain (left) and Ian Collings launched their design studio Fort Standard two years ago, women’s jewelry was about the furthest thing from their minds. Then again, the two furniture-makers who met studying industrial design at Pratt hadn’t anticipated carving Bauhaus-like building blocks or assembling minimalist lighting fixtures, either.  “We had one goal: to do our own thing,” says Greg. “We didn’t really have a direction or a business plan. We just started designing all these different things, and they’ve all kind of worked out.”

So, how did they make their way to industrial bronze bangles and metal-and-rope necklaces? “They sort of grew out of these candelabras we make,” says Greg. “We use this lost wax process—we mold the design out of wax, and it’s cast in bronze. But we loved working with wax so much that we decided to scale it down, and we ended up with these little cages that you wear around your wrist or on a piece of rope around your neck.”

And, to the duo’s surprise, people are really responding. “At the end of the day, we’re two guys who haven’t done much jewelry design,” says Ian. “And sometimes we wonder, ‘Is it something that women are going to want to buy? Is it going to be feminine enough?’” But they try not to overthink things. The ultimate goal for these pieces, as Grey explains: “Let’s just make them look cool!” —raquel laneri


Behind The Scenes

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    Delve into Fort Standard’s Mind-Blowing Array of Products These two aren’t jewelry designers—they’re everything designers.Though they recently did a deep dive into jewelry, the super-talented duo behind Fort Standard—Greg Buntain worked as a carpenter and Ian Collings as a welder before launching their own business—have pretty much done any kind of design you could think of, from toys to furniture to lighting. Here, just a handful of their awesome creations. —raquel laneriBalancing BlocksGreg: “This is probably the first thing we made together. We w... READ MORE »
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    Fort Standard Whips Up a Batch of Hard Apple Cider It’s a party in a five-gallon jug.Talk about DIY kings: In addition to handcrafting furniture, jewelry, and toys for their design label Fort Standard, Greg Buntain and Ian Collings brew their own hard cider every year. “It’s super easy,” shrugs Ian. “And super cheap, which was the main incentive to do it.” The boys are so serious about their (alcoholic) juice, in fact, that they throw an annual fall cider fete at their studio. Here, Ian shares their recipe so you can get in on the fun. —raque... READ MORE »