At the Holz-Handwerk show earlier this year, we saw a bunch of stuff that wouldn't fit in our other galleries: Furniture, shop furniture, fixtures, fittings and tool storage. Everything from the student work to the stuff designed by the pros was, as you'd expect from one of Germany's largest tradeshows,
By one estimate, there are 54 factories in China producing unlicensed replicas of Eames furniture. While they'll probably find a ready market all around the world--$520 for a knockoff Eames Lounge vs. $8,900 for the real deal makes it a no-brainer for the unscrupulous--in the UK they'll find a ready
Older homes often lack closet space (as do some other small apartments, condos and houses), which can leave the occupants searching for ways to store their clothes. Freestanding wardrobes may be too bulky, but a clothes rack might work. Some offices and other workspaces might find a clothes rack handy,
We Americans don't have much time left to barbecue, because summer's almost over and our election is leading towards the end of the world. So let's get in a few good Yea-or-Nays before everything goes to hell in a handbasket. This one is barbecue-related.
Sadly, I don't own anything valuable enough to require having furniture with secret compartments. But 19th-Century French aristocrats apparently had tons of stuff that needed hiding, as evidenced by the rash of "mechanical desks" built by famed cabinetmakers of the era. This one here has a rather neat trick, a sort of dual-action drawer. We've cued it up to the relevant part:
If I had to pick a favorite material, it would be aluminum foil—hands down. Great for everything from perfectly packaging a slice of leftover pizza to creating impenetrable hats and even keeping aliens from reading your brain waves, the malleable, silver material is pretty fantastic. Chris Shanck agrees. In
Here Jimmy DiResta has to create a built-in for what looks like a new, or newly-renovated, apartment. We get to see him go from sketch to finished product, offering his signature tips along the way (like how to get your workpieces not to shift against one another when you drill
Those of us who live in small homes have a number of organizing challenges—and one of those challenges involves small bedrooms where fitting in a nightstand or two may be impossible. People who are bedridden may also want organizing tools that keep things closer at hand than on a nightstand.
As you've likely heard, Kanye wants to take his unstoppable visionary design genius to the next level: your bedroom… And he wants IKEA to make it happen. After a March visit to the Swedish megacompany's head offices Mr. West tweeted about being inspired to design furniture, and rumors of flatpacked
Although she studied with Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstätte in 1908, Lilly Reich went on to develop austerely modern designs that bore little similarity to the decorative styles of the Viennese movement. Which is not to say that Reich rejected Hoffmann's focus on craftsmanship—far from it. In 1920, she
Perfection is overrated. In a world of mass production and assembly lines automated down to the smallest rote task, discovering imperfections or mistakes can feel refreshing. It's those imperfections that Camilla Wedelboe Monsrud is interested in exploring, and what set the groundwork for Inside Out, a series of objects
As industrial designers we're meant to look at things critically, and to consider the full breadth of the user experience. So take a look at this and tell me what you think: At first I thought, that's a great idea. You've got nice, frosty beers right at hand. Picnic tables
It's crazy that you're reading this on something that has more technology than the Apollo 11 mission computers, yet you store your clothes in an object whose form factor was designed several centuries ago. The chest of drawers is a completely outdated piece of furniture, yet it is something nearly
Those of you that went to ID school learned to make things with your hands. For those of you that didn't, or for those of you that did and miss having access to a full shop, this post is about simple furniture that can be easily built--even if you only
We don't often see a classic form factor receive an upgrade that looks like it will stand the test of time. But rocking chair master builder Hal Taylor has pulled it off with his StoryTime Rocking Chair. As many fathers do, Taylor got into the habit of reading books to
One of the B-story gags in The Patriot is that Mel Gibson's character cannot build a rocking chair that won't break. That's because they're freaking hard to make; the most elegant ones have a light, airy appearance, which is often at odds with making them strong enough to fulfill their
Seaside Casual Furniture is seeking an exceptional talent to join our Rhode Island team to advance the design engineering process with innovation, style and a keen eye towards market trends. Our environment is creative and collaborative, fun and results driven, rewarding and challenging. The Product Design Engineer will work closely
Vintage furniture is hot these days, primarily for their aesthetic value rather than their function. And if there's a single piece of vintage seating furniture that doesn't get enough love, it's industrial stools. It's no secret why: This is an object associated with work, actual physical labor, which has no
At Layer, we examine how the form, format and materiality of traditional product typologies can be re-imagined to enhance their everyday performance. The Cradle collection is a unique blend of two typologies of seating – a net structured hammock and a conventional upholstered lounge chair. The range utilizes a new high performance three-dimensional stretch textile developed by Layer in close collaboration with an Austrian textile factory. The knitted textile has high strength but low density,
Material choice is a critical decision for every product, an essential phase of the design process defined by material swatches and samples, perhaps a few prototypes, all to ensure that the final product will convey the perfect look and feel. But for Qualities of Material, the latest collection to come
After thousands of years spent manipulating wood, humans are still inventing new and exciting ways of working with the versatile material. Here are two recently discovered techniques that bring new meaning to the process of woodworking:
The Sea Me collection is an attractive attempt to reconcile the bounty and ecological vulnerability of the ocean. Designer Nienke Hoogvliet has researched the design applications of recycled and naturally produced sea materials for over two years, and her findings are both surprising and attractive. She has found a
Is your apartment too small? Well, imagine if it could do this: That's the Ori furniture system, designed by Yves Béhar/fuseproject and engineered by the MIT Media Lab's CityHome project, which seeks to wring large-sized living out of the tiny urban spaces we increasingly live in. "How do we maximize
This post is really for beginner furniture makers. If you're already happy with what you're accomplishing, skip this entry and come back next week. But if you're the person who reads the blogs and maybe has some tools, but finds the road to furnitureville insurmountable, this blog entry might be
While Jimmy DiResta always makes his builds look easy, this is one that we might actually be able to do. This month Jimmy builds a massive, eleven-foot-plus farmhouse dining table, using a very limited amount of tools, reminding us that you don't need a fully-outfitted shop in order to build
“Beauty in utility” was the slogan of the Ecole de l'Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, where Charlotte Perriand began her formal design training as a 17-year-old student. By the time she completed her studies in 1925, she had fully embraced the school's motto, and as architect Roger Aujame points out, "it became the axiom of her professional life."
A few days ago I stumbled upon a little gif on my newsfeed on Facebook showcasing a drawer that had a lovely personality. I know, it sounds crazy, but it's true: A drawer with personality. Who could have guessed that those words were ever going to form in my head.
A cool, short build from Jimmy DiResta's archives this week, as he takes some wood he found on the streets of NYC and turns it into a rustic table. Very satisfying watching this one come together
Computer powered weaving goes back to the 1800s and it's getting a decidedly modern update on the new platform Wovns. At heart, the Wovns goal is to get more designers into textile design. But that's bigger than it sounds, since a customized weave is a bit more involved than
FLIP SEATING, an airport seating concept developed by a Populous aviation and interiors team has been recognized as the First Prize Winner of Passenger Terminal World. The design challenge is an exclusive biennial event inviting both established and up-and-coming designers to showcase their ideas for next-generation airport seating.
Provide Product Development leadership responsibility of New Product Commercialization (NPC) projects. Represents the Product Development functions to NPC core teams and provides leadership to Product Development sub-teams. In providing representation and leadership, the Manager of Product Development speaks for all disciplines within the Product
Earlier this year, a two-year-old in Minnesota died when a Malm dresser from Ikea toppled over and crushed him. You may remember that Ikea was in the news for something similar in 2014, when another two two-year-olds suffered the same fatal mishap. (See: "When Furniture Kills:" Let's Cut Through The
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