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.


The By Making team is
Marlon Darbeau (Founder and Creative Director), Melissa Darbeau (Director of Production) and Melanie Archer (Managing Director).