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The House Velo Collection

By Tom Ran

Published: October 16, 2014 under Design

House Velo Bicycle

Photo: House Industries

When it comes to introducing a new font, House Industries comes correct. The Velo Collection is a new font family inspired by the sport of cycling. And true to form, House has accompanied the release with a collection of stellar products. They recruited old friends and new to produce a line that range from bike accessories and clothing to housewares and a fully hand built bicycle. The collection consists of Tanner bags, Tellasons jeans, Brooks saddles, Hasami ceramics, and much more. To celebrate the release, House will take over Rapha Cycle Club in NYC to premier the collection today starting at 6pm. Have a look the entire House Velo Collection here.

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Lance Wyman

By Tom Ran

Published: May 15, 2014 under Design

Lance Wyman designed these Pronto Posters for the Production Line Ride at the Chrysler Pavilion in 1965

Photo: Herman Miller

Herman Miller continues to promote the talents behind George Nelson’s office. They recently interviewed Lance Wyman, a graphic designer who started in the office shortly after he graduated from Pratt in 1960. The first large scale project he produced were the Pronto Posters advocating safety in factories for the Chrysler Pavilion during the 1964-65 World’s Fair. They were eventually mass produced by Howard Miller. His tenure at the office would lead Wyman to design the graphic language and logo for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Today, Wyman is known for his work in systems design for public spaces including airports, transit systems, and museums. He continues to work from his NYC office.

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Collective Design Fair

By Tom Ran

Published: April 25, 2014 under Design

Collective Design Fair

Photo: Collective Design Fair

As we head into May we’ll be seeing a lot of design oriented fairs and events ranging from furniture and lighting to product and graphic. They all orbit around ICFF. One that we’re particularly interested in is Collective Design Fair. Since many of the design fairs will be focused on current talent, Collective also seeks out galleries to exhibit past contemporary and 20th-century designs. The fair gathers an international list of exhibitors from Mexico City, Paris, Oslo, London, and of course NYC. Exhibitor highlights include Fuglen from Oslo, Mondo Cane, R & Company, Lost City Arts, and Kinder Modern. Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell will be guest curating an exhibit with Hella Jongerius. Collective Design Fair runs from May 8-11 at Skylight at Moynihan Station.

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The Hilda Stories for Herman Miller

By Tom Ran

Published: April 10, 2014 under Design

The team behind Geoge Nelson & Associates

Photo: Damien Florébert Cuypers for Herman Miller

To hear stories from the people that worked alongside Mid-Century American design giants is to witness an important time in American design history. Whether the stories be profound or anecdotal, it’s a glimmer of insight into an era that so many put in high regard. Hilda Longinotti, was a receptionist for George Nelson and Associates for 21 years. She shares a few of her memories with us through Herman Miller’s Why blog. Longinotti’s perspective as a member of the team gives us insight into some amusing stories including original Warhols created for a campaign that went missing. “The Hilda Stories,” is animated by Damien Florébert Cuypers and produced by Hello Design.

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Designed by Lella

By Tom Ran

Published: April 3, 2014 under Design

Pisa Table for Casigliani

Photo: Vignelli Associates

Lella Vignelli isn’t as well known as her husband, Massimo, but her contribution to their eponymous studio is just as equal. She’s a multi-disciplined designer who has worked in every aspect of the studio’s output, from furniture and interiors to product and fashion. Though designed in the late 70s, her Casigliani marble tables are mimicked in today’s designs. In celebration of her life’s work, Massimo has created a book affectionately titled, Designed by Lella. They have made it available for free to download on their site. Learn more about her work and the contribution she has made to American Modern design.

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Keep Fresh Stay Rad by Friends of Type

By Tom Ran

Published: March 20, 2014 under Design

Keep Fresh Stay Rad postcard set by Friends of Type

Photo: Friends of Type

Often imitated but never duplicated, Friends of Type is venturing offline in their next project. Since 2009 these guys have been consistently churning out digital lettering through their wildly popular blog. Their work has permeated the web, surfacing everywhere from Tumblr sites and Pinterest to ffffound and knockoff blogs. Five years into the project they have more than enough material for a book. This fall, along with publishers Princeton Architectural Press, they will be releasing a box set featuring 100 postcards from their archive. The set, Keep Fresh Stay Rad, also includes a 24-page zine that explores the inspiration and design process behind the group.

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FEATURES

Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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Workstead

By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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