To some, four years of design school sounds like a long time. But in the story of "The Accidental Designer," we learned that Tom Sullivan became a successful designer/builder after spending eight years as a shipbuilder's apprentice. Shipbuilding is something like woodworking or furniture design on a massive scale. The
Looking around your home or office—or anywhere, really—it's extraordinarily likely that you posses something constructed of a plastic polymer. This item was most likely pumped out by the hundreds of thousands in a factory overseas, along with billions of other mundane objects that have come to completely surround us in
Truly bespoke furniture is expensive, as it should be. If an experienced master craftsperson is going to put in the days of labor, not to mention the back-and-forth with you to settle upon a custom solution you're happy with, the cost creeping into four and five figures is understandable. However,
Our homes have plenty of horizontal surfaces, whether desks or dining/coffee/end tables, on which to rest our objects. Our sofas, meanwhile, are meant to rest our asses on. But Dutch design label Spell uses wood to create a novel object-supporting platform that can straddle both horizontal surfaces and the curvature
Leave it up to the creative Izzy Swan to come up with a small wooden crate—just 20" x 20" x 30"—that unfolds into a table for four, complete with seating: Alas, someone on Facebook—we won't link to them—snagged the video and posted it to their page as linkbait, without giving
John Bartram had what had to be one of the most unusual jobs in 1700s colonial America. At a time when most of his fellow Quakers were farming, Bartram—who had become interested in botany from a young age—traveled the colonies collecting seeds from various plants. He'd then build boxes, barrels
The Dietrich American Foundation seeks to both preserve and publicize 18th-Century "historically and aesthetically important examples of American decorative and fine arts"—in other words, at least to us, American industrial design before there was such a thing as industrial design. We don't mean that these products were mass-produced, but that
When I first heard that Spike TV was putting on a furniture design competition "reality" show, it sounded horrible. Contestants would be asked to slap together a piece of furniture in just 24 hours, an insult to these folks that had spent years mastering their craft. The trailer showed them
Do you remember Greg Klassen's River Collection of tables? To refresh your memory, the Pacific-Northwest-based craftsman used two slabs with live edges to make one tabletop—but he flipped the live edges over to the inside. By precisely cutting a piece of glass to match the edges, the resultant table looks like a natural river: A paradoxically similar-but-totally-different table is London-based designer Christopher Duffy's Abyss Table.
Furniture designer Jory Brigham tells us what six years with a Domino does for your work, and your workflow.
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A craftsman builds contraptions in an effort to reconstruct pre-industrial production methods
Is this a knockoff or a valid design evolution?
Trashed decks upcycled into visually-striking tabletops.
You can get beautiful results with pallet wood, but it's a holy pain in the ass to work with.
These products are meant to bring some liveability to your balcony—here in New York, well, we've got fire escapes—by using the railing itself as the support.
Speaking of drafting tables, carpenter Sean Headrick decided to build his own out of baltic birch ply, and featuring human-powered adjustability mechanisms. Judging by the looks of it, he either cut the forms out with a CNC machine or has extreme OCD. See it in action: As for why he
Here in 2015, a desk is many things: A computing workstation, a charging dock holder, a lunch table, a speaker platform, a drink tray, a phone holder, et cetera. Contrast that with the monofunction of an old-school draftsman's table, which had the sole task of supporting paper that you made
Berlin-based The Fundamental Group works within the realm of what they call "the architecture of fascination," and their Atlas Table bears this out. Made from alternating, angled blocks of oak and smoked oak, just thinking about what the glue-up must have involved gives me a headache.Seriously, I cannot envision how...
Problem: What do you do if you're an arms dealer that likes to entertain at home? When a would-be buyer of a re-fitted Abrams tank comes by with a bottle of rotgut, it's rude of you not to offer him a drink—but your ho-hum Venetian marble bar doesn't really make...
No no, it's not official, but it does look like a group of game designers may have managed to capture the infernally infuriating experience of putting together IKEA flatpack furniture in virtual reality. Höme Improvisåtion as the game is called (complete with appropriate Scandinavian accents) is apparently one creation to...
I thought this was a gag, but the website appears to market it in earnest. (At least when translated into English from its original French.) Ram & Row is an endtable that unfolds into...a rowing machine. Developed by a gent named Patrick Saint-Martin as "the result of observing the large...
One more from mathematical madman maker John Edmark, this one on the furniture front. Practical? No; but his Four-Legged Chair has to be the most creative two-person bench I've ever seen: Six simple pieces of wood. But you just know that if a design student came up with this and...
Corinna Sy and Sebastian Daeschle from cuculaEvery January, the international furniture and interiors show IMM Cologne covers a vast area of exhibition space along the Rhine with more than 1,200 exhibitors showing their work to over 120,000 visitors. While parts of the show can become a little monotonous...
Professional organizers are always looking for good places to stash the stuff our clients need, so furniture that comes with storage always catches my attention. Prior posts have discussed beds and coffee tables with storage; now let's look at stools.The bucket stools from Pedersen+Lennard are made from recycled steel...
If you're a teenager, eventually you'll leave home. And in the vacuum left behind by a collegebound child, some parents will develop Empty Nest Syndrome.Some parents--but not all. To ensure that yours get the full experience, we recommend you pick up one of these Giant Birdsnest pieces of furniture, done...
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