House Industries & Heath Ceramic Clocks

By Tom Ran

Published: April 4, 2014 under Industrial & Furniture Design

House Industries and Heath Ceramics Clocks

Photo: House Industries

Heath Ceramics and House Industries team up again, this time with a series of ceramic clocks. Two designs have been created based on House’s familiar styles in numbers and ornate shapes. For the traditionalists, there is the Stencil design that uses a newly designed font inspired by a mishmash of sources from American G.I. stencils to 19th-century French stencils. For the more decorative style there is the Ornament version filled with repeated concentric patterns. The designs hearken back to Howard Miller’s popular line of ceramic clocks from the 1960s. You can purchase them now directly from Heath Ceramics.

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621 Side Table From Vitsœ

By Tom Ran

Published: March 7, 2014 under Industrial & Furniture Design

Vitsœ's 621 Side Table designed by Dieter Rams

Photo: Vitsœ

Vitsœ continues its slow and steady output by restoring another classic from their archive. The latest in the company’s collection of furniture are the elegantly designed 621 Side Tables from Dieter Rams. They were discontinued in the 1980s but they’re being reintroduced this month by Vitsœ. For the last year and a half, Vitsœ has invested in research and development, painstakingly looking at ways to improve the production and materials. The result is a re-engineered version of its predecessor. The material has been updated with injection-molded plastic, hand-painted with a distinctive textured surface, and adjustable feet for uneven floors. And like all Vitsœ family of products it fits into the system and complements the 620 Chair perfectly. The 621 Side Table will be available in two sizes and in black and off-white.

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By Tom Ran

Published: June 12, 2013 under Industrial & Furniture Design

FallenTree by Benjamin Graindorge

Photo: Benjamin Graindorge

Perhaps French designer Benjamin Graindorge’s FallenTree didn’t intend his work to touch on themes like man and nature, life and death, and time and place, but it does. The smooth oak surface of the bench gives way to tangled branches that become the legs while the other side is juxtapose with a slab of glass. It’s an elegant balance that depicts nature being wielded by man. But perhaps we’re reading too much into this. Graindorge explains “The FallenTree bench is intended to reveal the wood’s DNA, to express its deepest nature by attempting to highlight the living fiber it is made of…” FallenTree is currently on view at Design Miami in Basel. via Colossal

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George Nelson Foundation

By Tom Ran

Published: May 21, 2013 under Industrial & Furniture Design

George Nelson

Photo: George Nelson Foundation

Like the title from George Nelson’s 2009 exhibition catalog declares, Architect / Writer / Designer / Teacher, Nelson was a multi-disciplined designer and creative director with six decades worth of work to show for it. Though his creations were mostly associated with Herman Miller, everything from furniture to graphic and installation design, his oeuvre was much more broader. Unfortunately, many of his work have either been discontinued or never produced and sit dormant as prototypes and concepts. Though a giant in the design world, some of his work has been forgotten. The George Nelson Foundation has been established to change this as well as to preserve and publicize the legacy of Nelson. They’ve archived many of his important and rarely scene work from the 1930s all the way up to the 1980s. It’s filled with an array of high-res photos that bring to light many of George Nelson’s design that existed beyond Herman Miller.

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Vitsoe 620 Reading Room

By Tom Ran

Published: May 9, 2013 under Industrial & Furniture Design

Vitsoe's 620 Chair Program designed by Dieter Rams.

Photo: Vitsoe

At first glance, the 620 Chair designed by Dieter Rams appears the same as it did when it was first produced in 1962. But when Vitsoe took over exclusive licensing they re-engineered every component of the chair to make it better by customizing nearly every piece. Vitsoe worked closely with Rams to improve upon the comfort and most importantly the longevity. To celebrate the occasion, Vitsoe New York will be hosting the ‘620 Reading Room’ with their neighbor Dashwood Books. The reading room will be open next week from May 17th to May 20th.

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Eames Noir

By Tom Ran

Published: April 11, 2013 under Industrial & Furniture Design

The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in black from Vitra

Photo: Vitra

The photo of the Eames Lounge above is not a black and white photo. What you’re seeing is an all black version of the famous recliner exclusive to the European and Asian market from Vitra. As reported by Cool Hunting, the Lounge and Ottoman was revealed this week at Salone along with other familiar pieces from the Eames collection. The wire chair with dowel base (DAW), the shell chair (DSW), and the walnut stools are all murdered out, (that’s slang for all black). If this all seems a bit too stark for you, Vitra also updated other pieces in the line by working with other designers to modify the traditional color schemes. See more of what Vitra unveiled at Salone in their magazine.

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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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