By Tom Ran

Published: February 15, 2012 under Design

THREAT, an American Design Club exhibition in March

Photo: American Design Club

If you’re woken up in the middle of the night by an intruder, what is the first thing you do? Grab an object of any sort to defend yourself. Like most of us, it’s likely not a gun. Maybe it’s a bat, a hammer, or even a lamp. Whatever it is, its not usually used for protection. A new exhibition from The American Design Club titled, THREAT: Objects of Defense and Protection., explores objects with the sole purpose of protecting one from harm. Submissions have been coming in since October of last year and the result should be an interesting one. Will we see sleek design objects that look more sculptural than weapon-like? THREAT opens Friday, March 9th at Present Company in Williamsburg, 29 Wythe St, Brooklyn.

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Geoff McFetridge / Heath

Published: October 14, 2011 under Design

Geoff McFetridge and Heath

Photo: Geoff McFetridge

Geoff McFetridge and Heath Ceramics are up to something. Earlier this week, McFetridge previewed a few interesting photos on Instagram. His childlike hand drawings were applied to unfinished ceramic plates, a cup and a teapot. He later revealed that he will be showing at Heath’s LA Showroom on November 12th – Heath has yet to post any information on their website. For now, have a look at some of the upcoming products he has produced for Heath and random photos of his life and work on Instagram.

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By Tom Ran

Published: October 13, 2011 under Design

Truth 5 year anniversary poster designed by Wim Crouwel

Photo: Truth

For the last five years, Manchester design agency Truth, has invited designers to design posters in celebration of its anniversary. Milton Glaser, Supermundane, and Si Scott have participated in the past. This year, Truth was able to get Wim Crouwel to “donate his time” to produce a poster with the number 5. It’s bold and simple design is signature Crouwel. 200 posters were produced and the only way you can get your hands on one is if you’re ‘Friends of Truth.’ Better start making nice with the agency.

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John Neuhart 1928-2011

By Tom Ran

Published: September 23, 2011 under Design

John Neuhart

Photo: N/A

Sad news about the passing of John Neuhart. Though the Eames Foundation have been protecting and promoting the Eames legacy, it’s John and Marilyn Neuhart that have the most intimate knowledge of the design legends. The couple were an integral part of the Office during its existence as designers. John’s skills went beyond graphic design, he had the ability to make and build things. One fine example is the scaled model of 901, the famous brick building on Abbot Kinney. It took John ten years to make it and was eventually sold during a Wright auction last April. John had many stories of the Eames Office as revealed in our interview with Marilyn. We hope that with his passing, John Neuhart’s work and contribution to the Eames Office is not forgotten.

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House LTR

By Tom Ran

Published: September 15, 2011 under Design

Left: An LTR with a crate Right: Ampersand LTR

Photo: House Industries

Art and collectible Herman Miller pieces are few and far between. They have their Select program but only one product is released a year. So it’s particularly special when another product finds its way to the public. House Industries team up with Herman Miller Japan once again. This time applying their Eames Century Modern Font to Herman Miller’s Eames wire-base table or LTR. The entire alphabet will be individually painted on eighty tables, unfortunately none of which will make it to the US. Forty will be sold in Hong Kong at the Herman Miller Reach event on September 16 and the other Forty will be available at the Herman Miller Tokyo showroom on October 27th, coinciding with a House Industries exhibition. And for the design and packaging nerds, the table comes packaged in a wooden crate, hand printed in Grand Rapids, Michigan by David Dodde. More photos after the jump.

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A Product of Design

By Tom Ran

Published: August 31, 2011 under Design

Massimo Vignelli once said that if you can design one thing, you can design everything. He or she is no longer restricted to just one discipline. If a veteran like Vignelli has the ability to do this, then the opportunity for younger designers is just as available, if not more so. A new exhibition called A Product of Design, explores an array of products that are graphic based and created by individuals with various backgrounds. Works for the show include, Geoff McFetridge, the designer and illustrator who launched the skateboard company Solitary Arts, Peter Buchanan-Smith, the art director that gave up the mouse to start an axe company, Andy Mueller, a photographer and art director who started the small clothing line, The Quiet Life. Other individuals and groups in the show include Colophon Foundry, Various Projects, Hugo & Marie, Booji, Ben Blanc Studio, and JB Lab. A Product of Design is curated by Gluekit and opens on September 17 at Scion Installation in LA.

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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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