Cultural and historical awareness are woven into the DNA of any worthwhile product. There is value in re-examining what already exists, digging through the archives [a good library] and poring over the classics [don’t copy].  Truly understand what untapped potential do the materials, colours, functions, forms, and processes still hold. I am happy that many designers and manufacturers are reaching out to the skilled craftsmen of today [not hipsters] to explore the possibilities.