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  1. A Green Table Lamp Grown from Mushrooms
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    A Green Table Lamp Grown from Mushrooms

    Brooklyn designer Danielle Trofe’s new Mush-Lume lamp is made from biodegradable mushroom material.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.27.14

  2. Radius Furniture by Jeff Martin
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    Radius Furniture by Jeff Martin

    An ahead-of-the-curve furniture experiment by Jeff Martin plays with pastels and geometry.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.13.14

  3. A Design Classic Reimagined: Artek Stool 60
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    A Design Classic Reimagined: Artek Stool 60

    Designed in 1933 by Alvar Aalto, the Artek Stool 60 is the definition of functionalist furniture design. This simple stool is a versatile piece—it can be used as casual seating at a kitchen table,...

    written by: Marianne Colahan
    03.26.14

  4. Kickstarter of the Day: Crafty Manual Coffee Maker
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    Kickstarter of the Day: Crafty Manual Coffee Maker

    Chicago designer Craighton Berman creates a bespoke brewer for your morning ritual.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    04.05.14

  5. Shanty Storage Cabinet: Groove is in the Art
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    Shanty Storage Cabinet: Groove is in the Art

    Doshi Levien’s corrugated steel furniture elevates the design of DIY homebuilders.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    04.06.14

  6. Rock, Paper, Circuits: Pulplites Lamps
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    Rock, Paper, Circuits: Pulplites Lamps

    The Vancouver design duo Dear Human finds an illuminating use for recycled paper.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    04.09.14

  7. Product We Love: Gradient Bookshelf
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    Product We Love: Gradient Bookshelf

    Spanish design studio Kutarq released the Gradient bookshelf during Paris Design Week.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    04.16.14

  8. Peaking Lights: The Wobbelhead Lamp
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    Peaking Lights: The Wobbelhead Lamp

    A lamp prototype from Norway adds distinct personality to lighting design.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    05.13.14

  9. Laser-Cut Lampshade Made from Seaweed
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    Laser-Cut Lampshade Made from Seaweed

    Get by with a little kelp from my friends: Julia Lohmann’s lighting solution illuminates the possibilities of seaweed.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    05.14.14

  10. How To

    Steelwood Chair: Shear and Coin

    The metal-punching facility is down the road from the Magis headquarters in Motta di Livenza, in northeastern Italy.

    01.01.09

  11. Steelwood Chair: Perimeters
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    Steelwood Chair: Perimeters

    The next tool makes a perpendicular fold around the sheet’s perimeter, which allows the hard edges to be folded away from the smooth backrest. Parts of this fold will become armrests. &ldquo...

    01.01.09

  12. Steelwood Chair: Cuts, Curves, Cuts
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    Steelwood Chair: Cuts, Curves, Cuts

    The tool that folds the curve of the back of the chair is the most dramatic, but it is no more essential than the others, which trim the edges, cut the holes, and add a final soft angle to the...

    01.01.09

  13. How To

    Steelwood Chair: Fitting Wood

    Four straight legs and a round seat are CNC-milled out of solid beech, bolt holes and all, ready for fixing to the punched and painted steel. As the chair began production in early 2008, the...

    01.01.09

  14. Flos Glo-Ball
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    Flos Glo-Ball

    Designers and manufacturers bemoan the profusion of cheaply made copycats, but it’s been proven time and again that truly great design can never be obscured by poor imitation. For evidence, look no...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    01.25.09

  15. Flos Glo-Ball: Molten Dust
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    Flos Glo-Ball: Molten Dust

    Piombino Dese, a drab industrial town between Venice and Verona, has many small glass companies, including Vetrerie New Glass, founded by Franco Pellizzon in 1991 and one of several Glo-Ball...

    01.01.09

  16. Flos Glo-Ball: Blow Mold
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    Flos Glo-Ball: Blow Mold

    When the blob has reached a diameter of about six inches, it has already been handled by two or three blowers, who multitask like chefs.

    01.01.09

  17. How To

    Flos Glo-Ball: Cool and Cut

    Vetrerie New Glass can make 18 Glo-Balls per hour—Pellizzon keeps the operation tight in order to guarantee exceptional quality. The balls sit in a slow-cooling kiln for two hours; otherwise, they...

    01.01.09

  18. Flos Glo-Ball: Put Together
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    Flos Glo-Ball: Put Together

    West of Piombino Dese, in Bovezzo, the well-tended Glo-Balls meet the other parts of the lamp: laminated tubular steel stands, bases, and electronic components sourced in Milan.

    01.01.09

  19. Little Field of Flowers: Sketching
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    Little Field of Flowers: Sketching

    Little Field of Flowers was first conceived in 2005, when, in the cyclical course of design trends, flowery was at the height of fashionability. Nani Marquina says, “We thought it would be nice to...

    01.01.09

  20. How To

    Little Field of Flowers: Prototyping

    “We ordered the first prototypes in an embossed pattern,” explains Marquina, who works with several Indian manufacturing facilities. The Nanimarquina team instructed the manufacturers to use a...

    01.01.09

  21. How To

    Little Field of Flowers: Die Cutting

    As Boontje’s signature style is often associated with cutouts, Marquina’s solution was a good fit. Sheets of felt from Rajasthan go into a die cutter, which is essentially a combination of a waffle...

    01.01.09

  22. Little Field of Flowers: Weaving
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    Little Field of Flowers: Weaving

    Depending on the size of the rug—they come in three sizes—one or two technicians at SPN operate the loom, which involves painstaking manual labor. “Every two or three lines,” Marquina explains, “we...

    01.01.09

  23. How To

    Cut

    Organic merino wool arrives from Vermont, woven and mounted on rolls over a yard and a half wide. When asked what makes the wool organic, Notkin explains that the sheep grazed on pesticide-free...

    01.01.09

  24. How To

    Prep

    Zippers, buttons, and other add-ons are rendered unnecessary by Looolo’s pillowcase closure system, which uses a tried-and-true technique: overlapping flaps on the back. “Zippers and...

    01.01.09

  25. How To

    Pattern

    Notkin, who started her career making costume jewelry, has a knack for romantically contrasting hues and textures. In fact, her favorite part of the creative process comes before anything is made...

    01.01.09

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