Tinker Hatfield

By Tom Ran

Published: August 7, 2013 under Design

Air Max One, 1987

Photo: designboom

Few shoe designers in the world are as recognized as Tinker Hatfield. He’s created some of the most iconic and culturally influential sneakers in the past three decades for Nike. Designs that continue to be in production to this day. With an architecture background he was able to bring in a fresh design perspective to Nike that helped propel the Jordan brand while creating a new line under the AIR umbrella. designboom interviews Hatfield about his career with Nike and the influence architecture had on his designs.

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Design Weekend

By Tom Ran

Published: May 17, 2013 under Design

Noho Design District

Photo: Noho Design District

The list of events and parties surrounding ICFF can be a dizzying one. For the next five days designers from around the world have descended on New York to shill their latest creations. Core 77, Designboom, and Metropolis magazine have compiled a list of over 200 events. It’ll take some time to dig through them all so we’ve compiled an abridge version of our own.

Noho Design District – One of the more exciting and unique off-site to take place this weekend. This year NDD expands its reach to include the Bowery. This event is always a great place to discover young talent as well as to see new work from established New York favorites.

Wanted Design – A more digestible event than ICFF that takes place under one roof. It features national and international exhibitors, special programs, workshops and a pop-up store.

Heath Ceramics started in 1948 but since Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic acquired it 10 years ago, they managed to grow the company without compromising its heritage. The San Francisco based ceramic manufacturer is expanding its reach into the east coast by celebrating the last 10 years with a store within a store at Future Perfect.

In celebration of Vitsoe’s launch of the 620 Chair Programme, they’ve partnered up with Dashwood books to transform their storefront into a reading room.

Designjunction, a relatively young but recognized destination during The London Design Festival makes its way to New York for the first time with INTRO NY.

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Serge Mouille

By Tom Ran

Published: May 13, 2013 under Design

Serge Mouille – Rare Dior ceiling lamp

Photo: Los Angeles Modern Auctions

For years Serge Mouille did not share the same amount of recognition as his fellow Frenchman, Jean Prouvé. Though this does not diminish his work in the slightest. Mouille’s lighting design is gaining awareness through the years due in part to broader distribution in his licensed designs, cheaper replicas, exhibitions, and profiled auctions. David John interviews Dan Tolson from Los Angeles Modern Auctions and gives us insight into Mouille’s collectibility, dedication to quality control, and the uniqueness of an original Mouille versus the newer licensed versions.

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Noho Design District 2013

By Tom Ran

Published: May 6, 2013 under Design

Lindsey Adelman's showroom will be open to the public during Noho Design District.

Photo: Noho Design District

Now in its fourth year, Noho Design District returns during New York’s Design Week. The event continues to excel in discovering new talent and supporting recognized designers like Lindsey Adelman and Fort Standard. This year’s events stretches eastward to Extra Place, the tiny alley that’s made an incredible transformation in the last decade. A first for NDD, will be classes held at the Bowery Hotel where participants are invited to workshops taught by Fredericks & Mae, Fort Makers, and Chen Chen & Kai Williams. American Design Club will host a new group showcase entitled Trophy: Awards We Live With. A travel show by Field & Various Projects will feature designers that have based their work on the theme of travel. Other events include NoHo Next 2013; Mixed Greens at Plantworks with photographs by Leslie Williamson, Brian Ferry, and others; The Future Perfect celebrating the last 10 years with Heath, and many more. Noho Design District opens next weekend from May 17th to the 20th.

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Counting Koi

By Tom Ran

Published: May 1, 2013 under Design

House Industries's Counting Koi set

Photo: House Industries

House Industries continues to expand upon their line of wooden blocks with their latest edition, the Counting Koi. They’ve teamed up with Uncle Goose, the Grand Rapids, Michigan based company known for manufacturing wooden toys the old fashion way, by hand. The set includes ten koi blocks, produced from maple wood, each numerically etched with numbers based on House’s Worthe Numerals. This first set is available in black with new colors to come or how House likes to playfully put it, “varieties will emerge as selective reproduction continues.”

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Kayak 1

By Tom Ran

Published: March 20, 2013 under Design

Kayak 1 from McLellan Jacobs

Photo: McLellan Jacobs

The attention and materials used to build this kayak is equal to that of yachts. Kayak 1, designed by furniture and industrial designers Jamie McLellan and Andy Jacobs, employs America’s Cup boat builders from New Zealand. No where are the two disciplines more apparent than the materials used, carbon fiber and teak, a wood found more often in furnishings than in salty waters. This single person recreational vessel is understated luxury with its handsome and minimalist design fused with rich materials. And what is luxury without it being bespoke? Kayak 1 is also available in different finishes and materials depending on the owner’s needs. Think you would like one for the summer? McLellan Jacobs is now taking orders.

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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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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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