Walking into the Nendo show during Milan Design Week is almost an other-worldly experience. The massive doors of Milan's Museo della Permanente open up onto a great white entryway leading to their single year solo retrospective. Second Floor view of Nendo 2015 has already been an undoubtedly good year for
The phrase "Rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic" is often used as an indication of folly. But what do those deckchairs actually look like? Few folks have seen them in person. On Saturday, however, a wealthy collector managed to get his hands on one. Not a replica, but an actual
What at first glance looks like preparation for the most epic furniture-themed party ever—shiny, reflective chairs and tables resembling inflated Mylar balloons—is, in fact, Zieta Prozessdesign's FiDU collection, constructed entirely of steel. The series, which consists of chairs, stools, tables, accessories and artwork, first made its debut back in 2008,
Sandpaper has to be the number one consumable in the modern-day furniture shop. But a subset of craftspeople, like Toshio Tokunaga and his four apprentices, don't use any of the stuff—yet are still able to achieve a glass-like finish on their furniture pieces, even absent varnish. Anti-sandpaper furniture builders achieve
Of the number of designers who claim the title designer/maker or even designer/maker/artist, few compare to the work of London-based Max Lamb. On view at the Garage San Remo in Milan, visitors are welcome to explore the breadth of Lamb's material inquiry through the lens of design's favorite archetype—the chair.
Designjunction, the London-based design tradeshow exhibited for the third year during Milan design week. Presenting a broad range of furniture, interior products and personal accessories spread over two floors in the San Babila Design Quarter. Tom Dixon's presentation anchored this year's show, taking over the Theatre/Cinema space of the Casa
We're always a sucker for a workshop so when Emeco debuted their new chair designed by Jasper Morrison with a metalsmith, we were curious. Inspired by the woven cane brasserie chairs that dot the sidewalks of Paris, the Alfi collection includes a high back chair, a three-seater bench and low
How do furniture designers develop their style? As we saw in Jory Brigham's story, there are many long hours to be put in at the studio or shop, experimenting. But equally important is finding inspiration, understanding what came before, and letting these things marinate in your head. To do that,
Inspired by the radical approach of Studio Alchimia in the 1970's, Singapore Design: The Alchemists presents the work of 15 young Singaporean designers who are leveraging technologies, processes and unusual materials to develop, as the co-curator Stefano Casciani posits, "a more contemporary attitude for designing in the global context."
Stephen Lindsay and James Banos are the designers behind Toronto-based Urbanproduct, a/k/a UP. Since 2009 UP has been killing it in the furniture, product and interior design arenas, fielding clients both residential and commercial from their Bloordale studio—where they build everything in-house. While the firm's portfolio is multimaterial, covering everything
The path to becoming a successful furniture designer is rarely a straight line. It zigzags between talent, blind luck, hard work, twists of fate and opportunity. There are times in your career when you cannot hesitate, and other times when you have to hesitate. Some things must be given up
Welcome to the age of active furniture. MIT's Self-Assembly Lab is debuting a prototype for the first self-transforming table. A collaboration with the material manufacturer Wood-Skin, the table reconfigures itself from flat-pack to full-functionality without the need for human or machine assembly. An embedded pre-stressed textile allows the table to
"I love to design," writes Andrea Brugnera, "and I like to manufacture by myself the prototypes that I draw, getting my hands and glasses dirty. I prefer to use wood for my projects, because it spreads color and nature." Taking the word "spreads" literally, Treviso-based Brugnera has come up with
Dutch designer Ton Matton teaches at the Wendorf Academy, a design lab in the German countryside that creates "productive urban living concepts." As raising "backyard chickens" is notoriously difficult for non-farmers, Matton created the Chicken Cabinet in hopes of simplifying the process. The top half of the cabinet is the
As each new American President moves into the White House, they have their choice of what kind of desk they'd like in the Oval Office. Not all of them stick to tradition, with some opting to swap out their predecessor's worksurface. A replica of the currently-used desk under construction for
This type of chair was a build project for America's Boy Scouts since the 1930s, though they didn't design it. It's been referred to as a Camping Chair, a Bog Chair, an X-Chair, a Stargazer Chair, a Viking Chair, an African Chair—no one can agree on where the design first
As a professional organizer, I've know a number of people who are very attached to their vinyl collections. And I also know that there are very few nice storage options for those LPs, especially ones that are modular and don't cost a fortune. So when I saw the Kickstarter for
In an era where every design studio aches to create enduring products described as "classic" and "iconic," New York's Pinkhouse diverges from the pack, opting instead for seasonal sprints. The recent newcomer to the product design scene wants absolutely nothing to do with timeless objects; rather, the studio is focused
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
We recently launched two new products: the Drawer Table for the Dutch brand Arco, and the Aline bar stool for the Swedish company Johanson. In addition, we recently designed one kilometer of balconies for an apartment building in
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
Core77 2014 Year in Review: Top 15 Posts · Year in Photos · Drones · Transportation Design · Food & Drink · Wearable Technology · Power Tools and Hand Tools · Tool Storage · Organizational Solutions · Material News · Design Thinking · Architecture and Design GIFsGetting organized is...
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...
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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