It's amazing how accidents and coincidences can lead to careers. Hank Gilpin was a photography major at RISD who needed to choose an elective. He wanted Glass but the course was already full and got stuck with Wood. Well, the teacher turned out to be legendary Danish Modern designer/builder Tage Frid
As a teen I waited tables, and free "server's meals" were provided after each shift. These were dowdy, uninspiring dishes the cooks whipped up using whatever hadn't sold the previous day, and we ate them in the back, unseen by customers. Similarly, inside a furniture making shop you'll see plenty
When it comes to space efficiency, it doesn't make much sense to choose a circle as the shape of a cabinet or a worksurface. But I'm admittin' to being smitten by this Pill Wall Mounted Desk: The Pill Wall Desk is designed by Lithuanian-based Emko, a furniture and home accessory
I've been looking through the portfolio of Wintercheck Factory and I like what I see. Designers Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon Williams work with a multitude of materials and manufacturers, and I dig the exploratory nature of this; rather than doing things in just wood or just metal or just
Let's get into table design for a second. If you look at your average dining table, you'll see most have aprons. The aprons prevent racking and, in the case of solid wood tops, help prevent the tops from warping. Look underneath the average dining table and you'll see the aprons
If form follows function, then to the modern-day observer, the design of wingback chairs does not appear to make sense. Why add structure to, and upholster, the sides of a chair above the armrest? The sitter needs no lateral support and is not likely to even contact the wings in
Conventional hinges need to connect two surfaces that are running parallel in the same axis in order to work. That can place limitations on your designs. For example, let's say you've designed something with a wildly organic shape, like this Caleb Woodard cabinet, below: As you can see, conventional hinges
Here's another great design from Sander Lorier, the fellow behind the Natural Balance pot. Lorier has created this Hybrid Chair, which initially seems like an ordinary desk-height chair: Looking closer, you may wonder why the legs are so elaborate: That's because the chair can do this: Even cooler is the
Designers regularly benefit from art, but how often do artists benefit directly from furniture design? A series of interviews between Nendo head Oki Sato and manga artist Yusei Matsui has culminated in a beautiful new piece of furniture, shaped specifically for the needs of a cartoonist. The conceptual collaboration
You've undoubtedly seen one of these before. It's a chair that's cleverly designed to turn into a stepladder. In the 'States, everyone from Home Depot to Sam's Club to Hammacher-Schlemmer sells one. Americans like to say it was invented by Benjamin Franklin, but 18th-Century examples also exist in Europe,
It's unknown if this is an original Amish design, being that it's sold online and we're pretty sure the Amish are not allowed to have websites. But a company called Barn Furniture Mart is selling this stepstool that transforms into an ironing board and is Amish-crafted. It's a tad pricey
3D printing was initially used as a method of building prototype parts, but it has now become a more popular fabrication method used to create final stages of products, ranging from medical and dental implants to jet engine parts. In the near future, many products will be produced entirely by
Alex Proba's new rugs started as an ambiguous graphic design project over three years ago, under the name A Poster a Day. In that first launch, she aimed to create a year's worth of graphic and collage projects, made after work hours as a personal challenge. Her projects took on
Should any of us be surprised that the late great David Bowie was a collector of Memphis Group housewares? Of freaking course not. While we may still be feeling the loss of the artist and the cataclysmic year his ascendance has thrown us into, there are a few small silver
Stylex is an office furniture manufacturer located in Delanco, NJ. Stylex is currently looking for a CNC programmer to implement the use of a newly acquired Lectra fabric cutting machine into our production process.
About 65 years ago, my father bought six Made in USA, modern, Paul McCobb dining chairs and a glass-topped table to go with them. The table ended up with my cousin many years ago, and I've had the chairs for over twenty years. The chairs are light and strong, but
The issue with the design of most stacking chairs is that, when stacked, they look like this: That is to say, each stacked chair nests slightly forward of the one beneath it. That's fine for homes or offices that only require a half-dozen of these. But for institutions and convention
I like tables. Dining tables, side tables, hall tables, you name it, I like it. I have a folder on my computer that I keep images of pieces I would like to make or that inspire me in some way. I was looking through it last night, only to discover that 80% of what was in there is some form of table.
While we all know it looks nice, an open floor plan office can destroy productivity and creativity. But once you've invested in that mega modern wall-free loft office, you have to make the best of it. The AK2 Workspace Divider Lamp was designed by Uli Budde and Ivan Kasner for
(Note: You'll see a shocking photo here of this thing called a tablesaw, which I used to use before switching over to hand tools. This old lesson here is important regardless of whether you use power or hand tools.) I am adding a French foot to a Hepplewhite bookcase that
Every night Manhattan's sidewalks are lined with garbage waiting for pick-up. The most common piece of furniture you'll see curbside are adjustable office chairs, the cheapie kind you get at a Staples or an Office Maxx for $100 or less. (This isn't limited to my neighborhood; I overheard Jimmy DiResta,
Here's a dream commission for a music-loving furniture designer: Create a chair whose sole purpose is to be sat in while listening to music. To complement the launch of SUB, their new subwoofer, stereo manufacturer Sonos commissioned Danish handmade furniture workshop, KBH Københavns Møbelsnedkeri, with the assignment. KBH came up
Re-designed for a shop and maker environment, Milder Office Inc.'s Maker Series offers a robust reboot of the Milder Furniture System and includes butcher block tables, mobile pedestals, tool carts, and oversized mobile storage partitions. The work tables boast a 1.5" thick maple butcher block top that can take all the abuse, as well as the love, from clamps, to fabric patterns and laptops. The tables can be easily moved or ganged to support a variety of studio and classroom activities.
Here's a brilliant way to create something new out of something old, from British designer/builder Rupert Herring. Herring took an old, staid dining table from the 1930s and broke it down into its constituent parts: He then cut the oak tabletop into strips, and rearranged and relaminated them together to
"A more domestic, more human aesthetic," says Tom Dixon, "is fast becoming the required backdrop for the newly blurred distinctions between work, home and entertainment spaces." To that end he's designed a new line of office furniture and products. But while the word "office" may conjure up images of staid
When Nissan showed off their "self-parking office chair" earlier this year, it seemed it was a gag. But now the company is actively pursuing self-driving furniture, with an initial application so quirky it could only come from Japan. Their ProPILOT Chair, as they call it, is intended to ease queue-waiting
I needed a new desk chair–my old one was a bit...uncomfortable. I don't like buying new chairs because there are already enough of them in the world. Sometimes it's a matter of tweaking an object that already exists to make it fit your needs. My main goal was to make
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.
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