Roll & Hill Launch

By Tom Ran

Published: May 12, 2010 under Industrial & Furniture Design

Roll & Hill launch during Noho Design District

Photo: Roll & Hill

You are cordially invited to the first party for the new American lighting company Roll & Hill Featuring the work of: Lindsey Adelman, Jason Miller, Paul Loebach, Sarah Cihat & Michael Miller, Rich Brilliant Willing, Partners & Spade

Saturday, May 15, 7-11pm
Great Jones Lumber
45 Great Jones, btwn Bowery and Lafayette

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Salone del Mobile 2010

By Tom Ran

Published: April 15, 2010 under Industrial & Furniture Design

Established & Sons's 2010 presentation

Photo: Established & Sons

We’re admiring this one from afar. Salone del Mobile opened yesterday with a flurry of on and off site events throughout Milan and we’re trusting Monocle, Wallpaper*, and Core77 to guide us through them all. Monocle gives us a recap of the first day by highlighting Naoto Fukasawa and Established & Sons latest projects which includes a more affordable line called Estd. Wallpaper* gives us several video previews including an interview with Tom Dixon and a photo gallery of press materials and day-of-events. The gallery is already stocked with over 50 photos. Core77 feels a bit more scruffy and less formal, but we appreciate that. They’re firing on all cylinders with their blog, twitter, and photo gallery. An interesting bit they mentioned was Maarten Baas’s Analog Digital Clock. It made its debut last year in Milan as a video installation. The video shows a man behind four digits, representing the hours and minutes. In real time, the gentleman either wipes away or covers part of the number 8 to reveal the current minute. Baas has converted this video into an iPhone app, and for 99 cents it can be yours.

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Sedia 1 Chair by Enzo Mari

By Tom Ran

Published: April 13, 2010 under Industrial & Furniture Design

Enzo Mari assembling the Sedia 1 Chair

Photo: Courtesy of Artek

Enzo Mari has been a design hero of ours since we first discovered his Animali and Pesci puzzle sets for Danese. Designed in 1957, the sets are still being produced to this day. The longevity of his designs are reflective on his tenacious work ethic. At 78 years old, Mari is still working with established companies such Alessi, Muji, and Artek. This week Artek will reintroduce his 1974 Sedia 1 Chair, part of the Autoprogettazione collection, which translates to “self design.” The chair will come unassembled containing planks of unfinished pine, nails and instructions. This collection was Mari’s response to the mass production of furniture, by attempting to empower consumers with the ability to construct a number of designs for themselves. Sedia 1 is the only piece that will be reintroduced at this time. It was part of a larger collection that also included a table, bed, and shelving.

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Saved by Droog

By Tom Ran

Published: April 6, 2010 under Industrial & Furniture Design

A few of the items that Droog recovered from liquidation auctions.

Photo: Droog

Droog has always been known to mix the high with the low. Depending on how you interpret the result it’s either elevating a common object or minimizing the appearance of luxury. The Dutch design group is doing it once more as they unveil Saved by Droog, next week at the Salone del Mobil in Milan. They’ve acquired 5123 objects from companies in the Netherlands that have gone out of business. Droog hopes to breathe new life into these forgotten pieces by inviting 14 designers to creatively re-interpret them as they wish. Some of the Revivers as Droog calls them, include Maison Martin Margiela, Marian Bantjes, Marije Vogelzang, Stefan Sagmeister, and Studio Makkink & Bey.

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Paul Smith for Stelton

By Tom Ran

Published: February 19, 2010 under Industrial & Furniture Design

Add Colour - Bright group by Paul Smith for Stelton

Photo: Stelton

Stelton is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year by commissioning Paul Smith to reinterpret their Cylinda Line. Originally designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1967, the elegant ensemble is timelessly executed. Nonetheless, Paul Smith was able to add his signature flare to the line by incorporating color and playfulness to the otherwise cold and austere collection. The result is a reinterpretation to the series. The black handles are replaced with bright, muted, and pastel colors while a new line called Dot consisting of various sized stainless steel bowls are included. To top off the series, Smith’s personal quotes have been etched into the bar accessories. This ultra luxurious line will most likely be displayed rather than used in any household. Paul Smith added his own notes about the series on his blog. More photos after the jump. via Henricks Tankar

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By Tom Ran

Published: January 28, 2010 under Industrial & Furniture Design

Anything's stationery colleciton

Photo: Anything

After working at Vitra and Areaware, Kip Kotzen started his own company, Neo-Utility, to assists with distribution and brand strategy for independent product design companies from around the world. The products Neo-Utility represent range from the functional to the decorative. We first came across one of Kotzen’s clients while visiting Brooklyn’s Matter, drawn to the strikingly simple yet bold colored staplers and stationery supplies, manufactured by Anything – a design duo operating out of Osaka and London. Then last fall we read Monica Khemsurov’s entry in T Magazine on Miller Goodman’s PlayShapes. The colorful wooden block toys are reminiscent of Naef’s classic designs that even adults can appreciate. Neo-Utility runs a tight ship and is currently only working with eight companies. We look forward to seeing more.

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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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