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  1. The 3107 Chair
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    The 3107 Chair

    It takes nine sheets of veneer, two layers of cotton backing, up to five coats of paint, and 11 days to make a 3107 chair. We take you to the floor of Fritz Hansen's stackable-chair factory to show...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    07.20.09

  2. Dyson Airblade
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    Dyson Airblade

    Several years ago, Dyson, the British company famed for its vacuum cleaners, made a foray into uncharted commercial territory. The result—the Dyson Airblade—is revolutionary for its...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Leon Chew
    04.29.10

  3. Emeco's 111 Navy Chair
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    Emeco's 111 Navy Chair

    The tale of the Emeco's 111 Navy chair is that of a phoenix rising. In 1944, the Hanover, Pennsylvania-based company began producing the original 1006 Navy chair. But despite supplying these...

    written by: Michael C. Taylor
    photos by: Armando Bellmas
    01.23.11

  4. Ruché Sofa
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    Ruché Sofa

    On a walk through Ligne Roset’s factory near Lyon, France, we track the multitude of steps, hands, and hours required to craft this very refined couch.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Nicholas Calcott
    01.03.12

  5. Helsinki Ink
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    Helsinki Ink

    Step inside Marimekko’s printing factory for a look at how its iconic textiles come to life.

    written by: Katja Lindroos
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    07.22.11

  6. Tom Price's Meltdown Chair
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    Tom Price's Meltdown Chair

    While perusing the blogosphere today, I clicked my way to this demystifying video on British designer Tom Price's Meltdown chair. Price is a practitioner of the common-materials-cum-high-design...

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.03.11

  7. Cole & Son Factory Tour
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    Cole & Son Factory Tour

    Cole & Son, a London-based wallpaper manufacturer established in 1875, recently launched its collection of autumn wallpapers, including a particularly striking harlequin pattern of overlain...

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    photos by: Shonquis Moreno
    10.11.11

  8. The Pi Table
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    The Pi Table

    Scrapile—Pull up a chair to one of Scrapile’s impossibly elegant dining tables and you’d never guess that the materials used to create it had once been destined for a landfill....

    written by: Mark Lamster
    photos by: Eirik Johnson
    01.25.09

  9. Little Field of Flowers
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    Little Field of Flowers

    Nanimarquina—In 1987, Barcelona-based designer Nani Marquina established a textile and rug design studio. Since 1993, the company’s designs have been manufactured in northern India....

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.25.09

  10. The Making of Modern Furniture
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    The Making of Modern Furniture

    We chat with the designers and the factories who produce some of the most iconic pieces of furniture. Plus, learn the real cost of rip-offs.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    01.07.14

  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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  20. 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

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