Marlon Darbeau — design that blooms

By Making, founded by Trinidadian designer Marlon Darbeau, combines traditional and innovative forms to make furniture and household objects for contemporary lifestyles

The Bloom plant pot is inspired by traditional metal mailboxes. Photo by Damian Libert, courtesy By MakingThe Bloom plant pot is inspired by traditional metal mailboxes. Photo by Damian Libert, courtesy By MakingBy Making’s Charm table was a custom commission. Photo by Damian Libert, courtesy By MakingPhoto by Damian Libert, courtesy By MakingPhoto by Damian Libert, courtesy By MakingPeera, a multi-use object, is a toolbox, a portable bench, and more. Photo by Damian Libert, courtesy By MakingPhoto by Damian Libert, courtesy By MakingPhoto by Damian Libert, courtesy By MakingDishout serving spoons. Photo by Damian Libert, courtesy By MakingPhoto by Damian Libert, courtesy By Making

Over the past six years, Trinidad-based design company By Making, founded by Marlon Darbeau, has become well known for its beautiful bespoke and limited-edition utilitarian works, pushing the boundaries of Caribbean design. Duality is a strong theme that runs through their output — not only in concept and function, but also in material mixes of metal and wood. By Making’s works — whether the playful, multi-use Peera; long- or short-handled Dishout servers; or sleek, custom-designed Scene outdoor seating — are rooted in local tradition and familiar methods of making, while being fine-tuned around the idea of progressive and flexible modern living.

After a roster of sought-after yet exclusively available products shown at several prestigious exhibitions and fairs, including Milan’s Design Week, By Making is finally entering the wider retail market with its first commercial product release, Bloom. These plant pots are a clever spin on the design of the metal mailboxes that Darbeau grew up watching his father make. Available online from mid-October, these charming little pots will be sold with an accessories pack that allows them to be staked on a lawn, hung, or simply placed on a flat surface for a unique burst of brightness and cheer.