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ICFF Off-Site Events

By Tom Ran

Published: May 14, 2009 under Design

Tablefight May 16, 2009 at Magnan Projects

Photo: Tablefights

ICFF is upon us. We’ve been listing events coinciding with the furniture fair since last week with most events open to the public. Metropolis Magazine is doing a better job than we are of keeping track of the multiple openings and parties. One has caught our attention because of its absurdity. Table Fights at Magnan Projects is literally just that, mechanical tables armed and ready to battle it out. This may be the kind of madness you’re looking for to contrast the high design of ICFF. See a couple more resources and events after the jump.

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McMasterpieces

By Tom Ran

Published: May 8, 2009 under Design

Dror Benshetrit Lamp

Photo: McMasterpieces

You may be familiar with McMaster-Carr through their giant yellow catalogs. Catalogs that have become collectors items in fact. Founded in 1901, the New Jersey based company is a resource for designers of all sorts, supplying industrial parts from fabrication to final product. Curator, Monica Khemsurov brought together thirteen New York City-based designers to create a collection of furniture and lighting using raw materials from McMaster-Carr’s extensive inventory. Designers include Todd Bracher, Jason Miller, Rich Brilliant Willing, Kristin Victoria Barron, Dror Benshetrit, and others. “McMasterpieces” will be on view next weekend during ICFF at the Ace. More photos and info after the jump.

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Best Made Company

By Tom Ran

Published: May 6, 2009 under Design

Best Made Company

Photo: Best Made Company

Peter Buchanan-Smith, the graphic designer most known for his work with Isaac Mizrahi, Paper Magazine, and Wilco launched, of all things, an axe company. A symbol of the wilderness and manual labor it is almost the antithesis of urban life. However Buchanan-Smith explains it’s “symbolic of many things we all seem to be longing for these days: simplicity, hard honest work, virtue, independence, loyalty, and endurance.” Flannel shirts need not apply here, he’s set to change the perception of what the axe is. See Best Made Company’s Spring 2009 collection here, or in person at Partners & Spade’s shop. More photos after the jump.

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Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes

By Tom Ran

Published: May 6, 2009 under Design

Hella Jongerius's Polder Sofa designed for Vitra

Photo: Vitra

The world premier of Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes will take place next weekend at the Museum of Arts and Design. The thirty minute documentary will examine Jongerius’s creative process through her work in the studio as well as commentary from design critics. Hella Jongerius and filmmaker Amie Knox will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening. The film is free with admission however seating is limited. Watch the trailer here.

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Secret Natures exhibition-Droog Design New York

By Tom Ran

Published: May 5, 2009 under Design

Table made from chip boards

Photo: FormaFantasma

FormaFantasma, the design duo from Eindhoven, will be exhibiting their latest collection at Droog’s Design gallery in SoHo on May 16th. Similar to Droog’s thoughtfulness behind their designs, FormaFantasma plays with the perception of everyday objects and materials, by elevating its application. In “Hidden Inlays,” chipboards are used as the primary material. In one instance with this collection, a secret chest is constructed with intricate detailing, hiding within it an inexpensive department store clock. See more from the exhibit after the jump.

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Design Month

By Tom Ran

Published: May 4, 2009 under Design

David Alhadeff's apartment

Photo: Dean Kaufman for New York Magazine

Unofficially, May is design month in New York. Anchored by ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair), design events and publications try and use this time to promote their wares. New York magazine kicks it off with their annual design issue featuring New York’s finest at home, including David Alhadeff (Future Perfect), Nicola Vassell (Deitch Projects), and Jason Wu.

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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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