Inspired by tradition, By Making designs and manufactures utilitarian objects that challenge what is expected from the Caribbean.


By Making was founded in 2010 by Marlon Darbeau, who grew up in Trinidad in a family tradition of metal and woodworking. Since then, through our explorations, we have built a practice around reinterpreting the familiar to create objects that are beautiful, desirable, new and surprising – all centred around the idea of flexible, modern living. Every object we produce speaks to the value and process of working with different materials and types of makers and technologies, thereby creating the basis for sustainable, local processes and value systems. We’re also fans of duality, and often seek ways in which an object can be transformed from one function to another.


Design Fairs & Exhibitions

Over the past ten years, By Making has attended trade shows and design fairs in order to keep up with industry trends, and to expand the knowledge and understanding around product design in Trinidad and Tobago and the larger Caribbean. We have also curated our own exhibitions, partnering with pioneering spaces also willing to explore the intersections between design and manufacturing.

2016  Meet My Project (Milan Design Week), Italy

2015  Autumn Fair, Birmingham NEC, United Kingdom

2013  More Than Just a Place to Sit, Solo Show, Granderson Lab (a project of Alice Yard)

2011  Dishout - Design Caribbean, Dominican Republic

2010-2011  Peera - Global Africa Project, Museum of Art & Design, New York

2009  Playful Things - Erotic Artweek Trinidad & Tobago

2009  Verb - Next, BECA Gallery, New Orleans

2008  En Route... Of Bridges and Barriers - Solo Show, Alice Yard, Trinidad & Tobago



A selection of press on By Making:

"Design That Blooms," Caribbean Beat, Issue 141 (Sept/Oct 2016), pp. 36–37

"Top Local Furniture Designer Heads For Milan," Trinidad Guardian, Apr 3 2016, p. B38

"Design Caribbean to Highlight Homeware Artisans at Autumn Fair," Furniture News, Aug 2015

"The Making of T&T," MACO Caribbean Living, Jul 2015

"Beauty By Making," MACO SourceBook, Dec 2014

"'Verb' multifunctional Object by Marlon Darbeau," MocoLoco, Dec 2014

"Beyond Material: Family, Tradition and Transcending Palette," ARC Magazine, Issue 7, May 2013

"Making Familiar Objects Art," Trinidad Guardian, Dec 2012

"Design Insiders' Weekly Finds: September 23," Elle Decor, 2011

"Form and Function," Design Indaba, Jan 2011

"Marlon Darbeau: Peera," Designboom, Dec 2010

"Marlon Darbeau: Featured Designer," Draconian Switch 5, Nov 2010

"Things We Love: I <3 the Global Africa Project," Studio Museum in Harlem, Nov 2010

"'Verb' object becomes stool, table, lamp, and more," Core 77, Oct 2009

"En Route . . . Of Bridges and Barriers,Small Axe, Dec 2008