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Montes Doggett

Ceramics by Montes Doggett

A journey through the Intertubes recently landed me at the homepage of Montes Doggett. The stunning line of Peruvian ceramics is the work of Mexican designer Monica Porter.
March 30, 2011
Entering the Fiere.

Cersaie 2010

Cersaie is the biggest trade show of the year for ceramic tiles, and each September Bologna becomes a hub for showing the latest innovations featuring the multi-faceted material. From roofing to flooring, interior walls to exterior siding, Italians brought their a-game to the Fiere, and for those of you who have never been to a trade show here’s a peek at what we saw.
October 6, 2010
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Murray's Law

“Form follows function” has been the go-to paradigm for evaluating good design since American architect Louis Sullivan articulated the idea more than a century ago. For Murray Moss, a former actor and fashion executive who opened his eponymous design shop in New York’s SoHo district in 1994, industrial objects are far more than merely the sum of those parts. “My job is to illuminate someone else’s ideas,” Moss says. Visitors to his carefully curated store-cum-gallery can view one-of-a-kind conceptual commissions alongside traditional crafts and a selection of mass produced pieces. By incorporating the narrative of theater and the drama of couture, he has assumed the role of arbiter, shining a spotlight on modern design’s growing imperative to both show and tell.
September 7, 2010
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Factory Direct

Ask anybody who has held so much as a bud vase from Heath Ceramics about the pottery’s charms, and you’re likely to encounter the kind of adoration reserved for treasured family heirlooms. So great is the ubiquitous enthusiasm for Heath that one is left wondering if something more than pigment is baked into its signature glazes. Its popularity may stem from its timeless, unfussy quality—–a Heath piece looks equally at home alongside decor of any epoch. But more likely it is due to the fact that in an era dominated by the rise of machines, this small company has honed a homespun, handcrafted approach to stoneware that’s tangible in each tile, serving bowl, and pitcher that comes out of its Sausalito, California, kilns.
August 17, 2010
Heath Ceramics Winter Collection

Heath Ceramics' Winter Collection

Though it's only August, holiday gear is already on its way (the New York International Gift Fair kicked off August 14). What's caught our eye is Heath Ceramics' new Winter 2010 collection—and its bold red glazes.
August 16, 2010
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Espasso at Steven Alan

Beginning with an all-day kickoff party on Saturday, May 29, from 10 am to 7 pm, Steven Alan in East Hampton will feature an installation of handmade furniture and accessories by Brazilian artisans Carlos Motta and Etel Carmona curated by the Brazilian furniture gallery Espasso. Known for its blend of furniture, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and site-specific accessories “designed for everyone,” Steven Alan, who has three stores in Los Angeles and six stores in New York (four in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn and one in East Hampton), will offer the furnishings throughout the summer months.  
May 27, 2010
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A Lot to Love

In a leafy residential area a few miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, an enterprising architect saw opportunity where others saw trouble. He took a sloping, triangular lot and designed a new home for his growing family—an open, tree house–like structure on stilts that hovers at the quirky edge of a conventional neighborhood.
February 12, 2010
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Drawn From Clay

Increasingly, consumers like to know the source of the things they buy and products are often sold with information that goes beyond mere "Made in the USA" labels to tell the story of the item's origins. The Dutch ceramics company Atelier NL has taken this concept to its most pared down conclusion, designing a line of ceramics made from clay collected on farms around the Netherlands and stamped with a geo-ID tag.
February 12, 2010
The kitchen has incorporated Congdon's collections and Walsh's minimalism to achieving a bright balance between form and function.

Search and Display

Every collection has to start somewhere, and for Lisa Congdon, it began with a dish. Nearly ten years ago, the San Francisco–based artist (and co-owner of local design shop Rare Device) picked up a piece of Cathrineholm enamelware at a flea market, drawn to its bold hue and simple pattern. After researching the piece’s provenance, she began scouting garage and rummage sales for similar items. “I try not to buy on eBay, because I like the challenge of finding each piece and the story that goes along with it,” she explains.
February 2, 2010
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