tyler held: cross culture
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nov 28, 2010
tyler held: cross culture


designer tyler held re-purposes the discarded. responding to the waste and urgency of contemporary times,
he finds value in re-working manufactured objects.

as a society, we are trained to believe that it is easier to replace
something than it is to repair it.
re-working and ‘repairing’ the
industrial object by hand is the way held customizes an otherwise generic
and ubiquitous thing. what we desire in a repair is the illusion that
nothing ever happened.
but, the cost of the illusion conceals the
process of the repair – the evidence of interaction.
the restored
object is an artifact of collaboration between the industry and the

held’s body of work focuses on his process of repair and customization. he
exposes the renovation
of a once discarded object by highlighting
functional and aesthetic hybridity. challenging the viewer’s
for the obsolete, he reveals the human hand in the work – always
falling short of mechanized perfection.
in an age of generic,
anonymous, machine-made objects, these revamped objects are imbued with
they reveal the value of the handmade, human labor of the

front view

‘cross-culture’ is one such example, in which held has transformed an
old stove, using painted 1/2 mdf,
16g steel, pc power supplies, plexi,
eclipse car audio components and neon lights – 1300 watts,
into an
entertainment system.

3/4 view

back view


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