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 The chest of drawers is a completely outdated piece of furniture, yet it is something nearly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
Last night's GoT season finale had something for everyone: Schemers, revenge-seekers, fans of political intrigue…and book nerds. Nearly halfway through last night's extra-long episode, we're treated to a few fleeting, magnificent shots of what is meant to be the greatest library within that fantasy universe, and it does not disappoint.
This week Jimmy DiResta takes four basket-case flea market hand tools, including a beefy Buck Bros. mortise chisel and what looks to be a timber-framing slick, and returns them to full functionality using shop magic and elbow grease
Production Manager at Matter Made oversees production of both orders and working on developing designs. Some of the responsibilities of this multifaceted position include: maintaining part inventory, managing production staff, and working with the Matter Made team to develop new designs. Overview of Key Responsibilities:
Neocon, the leading interior design tradeshow for the workplace wrapped up its 2016 edition at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago last week. Designers and manufacturers featured their latest collections, with a variety of new, innovative solutions for today's fluid office environments. Highlights included Jonas Van Put's BuzziJungle, Metropolis Magazine's New
If you've ever been in the home of a friend who's a veteran, you've probably noticed that their beds are always fastidiously made. Habits learned in the military are tough to shake, and with good reason. (More on this later.) Some of us civilians, though, cannot be bothered to make
"In our product-oriented civilization, the ungovernable flow of industrial objects, so transferable, so exportable, so transient, has transformed our cities into virtually boundless areas of exchanges, information, and trade," writes Italian architect and designer Andrea Branzi in his essay Interiors. This virtually boundless area of exchange, filled with transient and
This week Jimmy DiResta travels back in time, showing us the build of a conference table he did several years ago. You've gotta love the efficient use of wood, and the sawdust-and-epoxy filler trick
Our latest Design Challenge focuses on creating task-related furniture for freelancers in an ever-evolving and highly amorphous work landscape, an issue that is becoming even more relevant as freelancers begin adding up to more than a third of the workforce in the United States today. Who better to ask about
The MULTI-TIER SHELF designed by Ammar Kalo has shelves that rest on vertical slanting legs without any hardware connections. They're pinned to the topmost shelve with a custom-designed solid brass connector, which allows the legs to fold down for flat pack shipping.
Adriaan van der Ploeg and Ward van Gemert have never worked in an office. So, it might come as a surprise that the latest collection of work from their Netherlands-based studio Nightshop is, in fact, office furniture. The aptly titled Business collection includes standard office fare such as tables and
This week Laura Kampf builds a very cool coffee table, using mortise-and-tenons for the joinery and what looks like a circular-saw-cutting underlayment for the top. To level off the kerf marks she fills them in with epoxy resin, killing the bubbles with a torch. Check it out:
What challenges in the modern day do freelancers face? Flexibility, managing multiple clients, streamlining workflow and mobile working space are all challenges that call for efficiency, creativity and focus. Maybe it means designing an alternative to the local coffee shop setup, or a desk designed to be easily transportable. Perhaps
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