Years ago, I saw a 1920s Ruhlmann Macassar Ebony bedroom set, similar to what you see here, at a furniture auction at Christie's. It had belonged to some Paris "bachelor," this big double bed with a tigerskin throw on it, flanked by matching nightstands and armoire, and the headboard was
This is for those of you interested in learning to design and build furniture. Woodcraft's "California Dreaming" sweepstakes comes with a doozy of a grand prize: A $3,000 SawStop table saw, $1,000 in tools and accessories, and a slot in a three-day training session with Jory Brigham. (We previously featured
Layer's Pair Chair designed for Fritz Hansen is a modular system of polymer, steel and plywood seating components with over 8,000 possible combinations, offering a product adaptable to any interior environment or specification. Layer is the first British design agency to launch a product with the renowned Danish furniture brand.
Japanese design studio nendo has taken their exhibit comprised of 50 manga comic inspired chairs across the pond from Milan to New York. The stainless steel chairs are currently on display at Friedman Benda in the Chelsea gallery district, accompanied by a graphic light installation.
I don't consider myself much of a designer, I'm more a student of history. I look at a lot of furniture and I stopped buying "how to" woodworking books years ago in favor of coffee table books and museum collection books filled with images of furniture from every style. This
A couple of posts ago I wrote about Playatech furniture, which is made of interlocking sheets of plywood. Now here's another approach to simple furniture that is tons of fun to make. We recently added this book, Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects, to our catalog. The projects in it live up
As with NYC's ICFF and Milan's Salone del Mobile, the tentpole events of London Design Festival are predominantly trade-facing affairs. Whereaas 100% Design caters to interior designers and architects, designjunction balances contract with the indie, up-and-comer spirit of Shoreditch. Meanwhile, the nooks and crannies of South Kensington — known as
This is a project whose concept is meritorious enough to look at, but problematic enough that we should talk about it. Deskbloks are a system of technology-embedded oak squares which end users are meant to assemble together into a desk. There are five varieties of these blocks, as seen below:
We were blown away when we first saw Bruce Shapiro's incredible sand-drawing machines, which use hidden magnets and a steel ball to "draw." Originally designed as art installations, Shapiro is now offering them for sale as tables on Kickstarter. Imagine seeing this every day in your own home: Shapiro's offering
Aside from the inaugural biennale at the Somerset House, the 14th edition of London Design Festival felt like business as usual. Indeed, the introductory text to the official guide to LDF2016 only makes a passing mention of the Brexit. Similarly, only one exhibition in East London explicitly addressed the results
With the evolution of mobile devices and power needs, our home environments have become increasingly cluttered. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the bedroom, however modern furniture solutions have stayed stagnant. Canopy table by Ink Studios was designed with a layered storage approach that separates essential devices from general storage. A single hollow post provides essential-item structure while also facilitating power needs. The Canopy table provides iconic style while complimenting a
Arguably the most minimal booth in the entirety of designjunction was tucked away in an unassuming corner of the Cubitt House exhibition hall. A shelf, mounted on a wall at eye-level to emphasize its drawing-like simplicity; another beside it, and a darker variation on the floor below. Upon closer inspection:
I finished a bed recently for my guest room. I'm really happy with the build but now more than ever I really hate the flanking Lingerie chests that my wife and I bought decades ago. Truthfully I didn't much care for them when we bought them but this was before
Even the most digitally-focused clients I've worked with want something other than just a laptop close at hand when working at their desks, and they struggle a bit when using a desk with no storage space. So I'm always interested in seeing the many ways designers have incorporated storage into
A lot of the chemicals we use in woodworking, especially in finishing, are toxic. Now there is toxic and TOXIC. There is long term exposure toxicity and one-whiff-drop-dead toxicity. If you want to work safely, you need to know. Not only do woodworkers need to know, everyone needs to know.
Milder Office Inc.'s mobile Tool Cart includes sliding wire baskets for tool storage that are easily removed and swapped; keep ready made tool 'kits' in the wire baskets to suit different classes and processes. Load it up and easily move from station to station as you work. Lock it up and take a well deserved break.
For those who do desktop crafts, the WorkBox is a made-in-the-U.S.A storage unit and workstation that folds in on itself and hides everything away when not in use. Take a look: The design of the storage units is undeniably intelligent. But after watching the video, I teetered back and forth
Anna Lindgren and Sofia Lagerkvist are the design duo behind Front, the Stockholm-based Swedish design group. The fresh, innovative work they do makes it hard to click away from their portfolio. Check out, for instance, this clever coatrack they did for Materia: Or this beautiful Water Steps faucet for Axor:
Brass and walnut are two great tastes that taste great together. But I've never seen the two materials integrated in such a beautiful way as this: That's the Nola Dining Table by Brooklyn-based Wüd Furniture Design. The description states that the table is constructed from "bronze encased in resin," and
Conor Coghlan might be an architect, but as part of his studies at Harvards' Graduate School of Design he participated in a furniture making workshop. Tasked with producing an original design, Coghlan writes that he became "interested in how the arms and legs of the chair could work in unison
While most fans of Danish Modern or mid-century modern furniture are aware of Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, the Eameses et. al., Louis van Teeffelen's name may not ring a bell. Which is a shame as the Dutch designer created furniture every bit as striking as the work of his contemporaries.
This year the Vitra Design Museum opened a new building, the Schaudepot, on their campus. Inside is a recreation of Charles Eames' personal office, "just as it was when he passed away in 1978." (What is Ray, chopped liver? Sadly there's no mention of her office.) Inside we can
Nothing is worse than accurately cutting out all of your parts for a project, then screwing up during the assembly process. This is easy to do with a project made from wood, where a lot of the pieces can look the same. So it's good to have a system to
Reading Joel Moskowitz's recent piece on building flatpack furniture reminded me of my first encounter with plywood furniture that could be built with a minimal number of tools. I had been given a book called How to Make Furniture without Tools, which contained designs for simple but functional tables, chairs,
Articulated furniture can be fun as hell but it's hard to pull off. We've featured a lot of sculptural quality work from the likes of Sebastian Errazuriz, and tables that expand like mysterious wooden kaleidoscopes, but here's simpler concept. Wave Bench is a seating system that stands upright until "activated"
Most folding chairs look like, well, folding chairs. But Dublin-based Tierney Haines Architects has come up with this unobvious design: That's the Palfrey Chair and my first reaction, upon realizing that these are renderings and not photography, was to wonder: Would this design work? My eye was initially drawn to
Nerds come in a lot of flavors, and many of us double dip. Blacksmith tabletop gamer? A natural combo. Even if you don't personally have a high elf alter ego or a dogeared copy of the Players Handbook, you might appreciate the wholehearted creativity that D&D and similar pastimes can
You know what they say, the grass is always greener on the other side. These days in the workplace, there is one example of something many never thought they would miss, until it was gone—cubicles. Yes, cubicles, those sad monotonous structures symbolic of our workplace oppression. Your own personal cave
This would be a great first-year Industrial Design school problem: Drop the students off in the woods, give them their choice of two tools and two materials to bring, and have them make a functional piece of furniture out of whatever they can find. Here the unnamed Swedish gent behind
The idea behind a company called Joybird has merit: Sell mid-century-modern-inspired furniture online to customers who have graduated beyond Ikea. But suspicion sets in once you look at their website closely. The first red flags come from the marketing copy, which sounds less like the truth and more like
It's great to be around when manufacturing technology finally catches up to an idea that was ahead of its time. In the early 2000s, Italian industrial designers Piergiorgio Robino and Andrea Sanna created TERRA, a "chair" that's made out of dirt and grass. It's completely integrated into your lawn and
Florence Knoll is a one-woman design powerhouse. Not only did she help establish one of America's most influential design companies, she created a new market for modern furniture and a system for promoting designers' work that credited them by name, paid them royalties and allowed them the space to experiment
Industrial designers can be petty, and I'm no exception, so I'm always thrilled when an architect defects to our "side." But this one takes the cake. Sustainability-minded Benjamin Uyeda co-founded ZeroEnergy Design, an architecture firm that creates houses that produce more energy than they consume. Homes like that would be
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