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 individual.

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 disdain 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 importance; they reveal the value of the handmade, human labor of the individual.

tyler held: cross culture 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.

tyler held: cross culture

tyler held: cross culture 3/4 view

tyler held: cross culture back view

tyler held: cross culture detail