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June 17, 2013
We're huge fans of architect Tom Kundig's work here at Dwell, so we'll surely be stopping by his booth—D7—at Dwell on Design this weekend. Among the hundreds of other exhibitors, from solar panels to paint companies to full-scale prefab houses, he'll be showcasing his collection of architectural metal hardware, crafted in collaboration with Seattle metal shop 12th Avenue Iron. For a crash course in all things Kundig, here's a peek at some of his design work we've featured previously in Dwell and on Dwell.com.
Architect Tom Kundig in his studio

Kundig's new collection of cut-and-folded steel accessories—25 cabinet pulls, rollers, door knockers, and knobs—debuted last year in a storefront space on the ground floor of Olson Kundig Architects’ headquarters in Seattle. “I felt there was a need for simple yet materially rich designs for the everyday components folks touch all the time,” says Kundig. To see these pieces in person, stop by booth 7D at Dwell on Design June 21-23.

Originally appeared in Man of Steel
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Red steel canopy covering walkway.

Architect Tom Kundig’s kinetic buildings commune with their surroundings through custom-made hardware and flexible design elements. For a 2011 Seattle residence he designed overlooking Puget Sound, his approach included a folded gate latch, gently curved banister, and a protective metal canopy. “We kept the house simple, but we did spring for the metalwork,” says the resident. Steel is a natural choice for important elements in Kundig’s structures. “Its strength and durability give me freedom to see those parts sculpturally,” he says. The steel canopy protects the residents from Seattle’s notoriously rainy weather as they walk from the entry gate to the front door.

Originally appeared in Modern Steel House in Seattle
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Ironworker working with metal at 12th Avenue Iron in Seattle.

Kundig's collaboration with 12th Avenue Iron—resulting in the hardware he'll be exhibiting at Dwell on Design—is the subject of a new video by Kontent Partners, the first in a series. "The Art of: Series" will celebrate the craft, passion and people who make desired and sought-after objects of design. You can watch the video and learn more here.

Originally appeared in The Art of: 12th Avenue Iron
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Exterior bay writers cabin san juan islands

Kundig’s built this tiny, Thoreau-like getaway for an Atlanta-based writer who owned ten acres on San Juan Island in Puget Sound. “The idea was not to clutter anybody’s thinking, especially a writer’s,” he said.  So he designed a 500-square-foot retreat that’s both womblike and open to its surroundings.

Originally appeared in Best in Glass
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Architect Tom Kundig in his studio

Kundig's new collection of cut-and-folded steel accessories—25 cabinet pulls, rollers, door knockers, and knobs—debuted last year in a storefront space on the ground floor of Olson Kundig Architects’ headquarters in Seattle. “I felt there was a need for simple yet materially rich designs for the everyday components folks touch all the time,” says Kundig. To see these pieces in person, stop by booth 7D at Dwell on Design June 21-23.

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