The New York design studio Fort Standard was founded by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings in 2012. In a creative dialogue, the two designers, who didn't take their year abroad at the Bauhaus University in Weimar by accident, develop functional interior design pieces and accessories that are for the most part artisinally produced from natural materials. The solid, clear designs by Buntain and Collings exude warmth despite their simplicity. Fort Standard contributes to the amelioration of everyday life not least because they focus on often neglected everyday objects. Take, for example, their famous bottle opener.