Andrew Wagner is a hipster, in a good way: he’s a smart, trend setting, highly engaged individual. He’s been writing about design since he graduated from Connecticut College, demonstrating a knack for discovering and befriending eclectic practitioners of the discipline. He writes about their processes and their stuff (tables made out of coffee cans, chandeliers of recycled bottles) with so much admiration and appeal that you want to have these processes and things, too. You may even find yourself stirred to make something just as cool. An accomplished editor, Wagner features not just expensive, precious objects by established artisans (typically found in SoHo boutiques) but pays equal homage to the new and rising elite of craft artists. He not incidentally cares about design that is beautiful, functions well, and doesn’t ruin the environment.
Wagner was one of the founding editors of Dwell magazine, revitalized American Craft magazine, gave ReadyMade its last shot of creativity, and is now giving Craigslist a run for its money with krrb.com, a friendlier sort of online classifieds that encourages people to meet, buy and trade stuff in person.