HEALING HANDS: Hands can build and hands can heal.
The human hand has never been more important. Hands allow us to experience the world, with the sense of tactility being the most prominent in our fingers. We communicate with our hands, through gesture. And now by swiping glass on our phones. We share hands with other primates, but we differ in that we use our hands to create tools, and with tools we can complete all kinds of tasks from gardening, cooking, making pottery, drawing, playing music, etc. The hand also refers to making and creating as human expression; and planting and growing a biodiverse future.
Today we have a renewed appreciation for the hand. With digital life and Artificial Intelligence and robots coming into our everyday lives, we need to maintain our humanity via the very things that make us human, i.e. maintain the essence of the hand.
This is the driver behind the maker movement, where artisans connect to the human spirit through more earthy materials like ceramics, wood, stone, and metals. With the desire to preserve the hand and all that it represents, we are seeing many makers creating handmade tools – everything from spoons, knives, brushes, and implements for making art, as well as for essential human activities like grooming and self-care.
Today we need our hands more than ever. We need to keep creating, keep making things, keep planting. Hands can build, and hands can heal. They are a symbol of strength, protection, and stability. They balance our bodies and keep us steady.
Most importantly, they represent action, to move forward each day with purpose and intent. Take care of your hands, and they will take care of you and your loved ones.
We’ve compiled a palette of products that reflect this design principle to help you curate your space.
Royce Epstein is the A&D Design Director for Mohawk Group.
As the face to A&D, Royce shares her passion and vision for design, cultural trends, and the meaning of materials in a broad context. Her role is to evolve and share Mohawk Group’s Design Vision with the A&D community, and to leverage product design with what A&D desires in the field. Constantly on the watch for new trends in all aspects of design and culture, Royce feeds this insight to all our industry’s touch points.
A veteran materials and product specialist, Royce spent two decades working in A&D firms before working with Mohawk. She was named the 2015 Designer of the Year by Interiors and Sources Magazine, and received a HiP award for Rising Star from Interior Design Magazine at Neocon 2016. Royce lives in Philadelphia where she is active in the design, art, and music scenes. She is a board member of Collab at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.