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Posted by Tiffany Chu  |  24 May 2011  |  Comments (0)

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At Wanted Design last weekend, Brooklyn-based design duo Colleen&Eric debuted a few of their new pieces. Both industrial design graduates of Pratt Institute, Colleen and Eric work out of their studio in Bushwick, and showcased their work at ICFF for the first time last year. The "Hold on Tight" bookshelf was a hit, which used an aluminum cube and wingnut as a sliding bookend, as were the "Shirt Savers," little design-y appliques to rescue your shirt from indelible stains.

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Posted by Tiffany Chu  |  23 May 2011  |  Comments (0)

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We'll admit—the first thing that caught our eye at Wanted Design NYC was the sight of a delicious-looking spread.

Wanted Design launched their first edition during this year's NY Design Week, featuring an inspiring selection of designers and panel conversations. Offering an alternative to the frenetic crowds at the Javits Center, Wanted Design was held in the La.Venue warehouse in West Chelsea, with lower ceilings, nooks and crannies to explore, and overall a more tranquil, meandering experience.

Designers Christiane Büssgen of C4 and Jesús Alonso of 4lonso combined their passions for food and natural materials to create Project Avolution. Christiane, currently the creative director of WOKA, and Jesús, a furniture designer in Mexico, realized that their collaboration could bear fruit upon the dinner table. Jesús designed a set of tactile wooden bowls and a matching cutlery set, while Christiane re-envisioned her favorite fruit, the avocado, into a set of poetic porcelain pieces.

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Posted by Tiffany Chu  |  17 May 2011  |  Comments (0)

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Standing out from others at the Javits Center this weekend was the furniture duo hailing from the rust belt land of Cleveland. Jason Radcliffe of Forty Four Steel partnered with Freddy Hill of Bomb Factory Furniture to exhibit a few thought-provoking and well-crafted pieces. Jason works in metal and showcased his "Mouse" desk; Freddy works in wood and displayed an intricately-detailed cabinet.

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Posted by Tiffany Chu  |  17 May 2011  |  Comments (0)

While most furniture designers carefully avoid beetle-infested wood in their salvaging quests, Jesse Hooker embraces it with open arms.

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This weekend, Brooklyn-based Hooker & Co. debuted their STAGG table at the Bklyn Designs booth at ICFF. Fabricated from salvaged steel for the metal base and tapered legs, and reclaimed barn maple for the main slab, the table comes in five reclaimed wood types and four lengths. The STAGG table is their first departure from exclusively making one-off pieces, which is a definite challenge when using reclaimed materials. While their work is not all insect-infested, this particular piece has dark swathes of beetle-made patterning, and is the direct product of envisioning something beautiful in something previously considered "damaged."

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Posted by Tiffany Chu  |  25 Feb 2011  |  Comments (4)

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For those of you with both creative feet and creative fingers, here's a new toy to tickle your fancy. A fascinating mashup of two worlds, Stance is a project by Delroy Dennisur that brings together the DIY designer toy community with the sneaker culture.

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"There's an incredible passion within the sneaker culture," says Delroy, an industrial designer who spent a lot of his childhood in Florida doodling shoes in the margins of his notebooks. "You start your life wanting to be that cool kid with the kicks," he mused, and now he's channeled that spirit into creativity that straddles into the world's fascination with customizable toys. The production piece will be vinyl plastic, the same material as the Dunny, so you can either leave it as a blank collector's item, or use pencil, pens, markers, and paint. He's starting off with the iconic basketball shoe, but hopes to further the concept and branch out to other shoes and ideas.

Part of what makes DIY toys like Stance so compelling is their ambiguity and ability to strike a perfect balance of abstraction and recognition, allowing people to extrapolate with their own imaginations. It seems reminiscent of a 3D version of the oh-so-seductive napkin sketch -- a basic concept and framework is there, but beyond that, anyone can envision anything they want from it and infuse it with their own individuality.

For the next two weeks, you can help Delroy launch the project on Kickstarter.