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Federico Churba portrait by Bernd Schifferdecker

Federico Churba

Federico Churba graduated from the industrial design program at the University of Buenos Aires in 2001, right on the cusp of Argentina’s economic crisis and the collapse of its peso. His country’s reduced reliance on imports and shift to domestic industry meant a short testing period for young designers. “There was a strong pull to start producing immediately and showing the world what we could do,” says Churba. From the beginning, he was interested in manipulating material and forms to create simple, newly iconic shapes. An early influence was Vico Magistretti and his 1986 Vidun table, whose height-adjustable base is an outsized wooden screw.
April 23, 2012
Henry Wilson portrait by Bernd Schifferdecker

Henry Wilson

If 28-year-old Henry Wilson were not a designer, he would be a skipper. After one chaotic trip to the Milan furniture fair several years ago, Wilson began to question the necessity of producing new things in a “stuff”-saturated world. So he found a timber boat and sailed it from Spain to Thailand. After the trip, he says, he had gained some jarring perspective on the size of the world and his relative place in it.
April 23, 2012
Max Lipsey portrait by Bernd Schifferdecker

Max Lipsey

Max Lipsey always begins his design process by holding a material in his bare hands. He then pushes it, massages it, and experiments with it. “Before I even sketch, I need to get to know the material. Then the ideas come.”
April 23, 2012
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Salone Satellite 2012

This year marks the 15-year anniversary of SaloneSatellite, the portion of Salone Internazionale del Mobile dedicated to young designers under the age of 35.
April 22, 2012
Ventura Lambrate RCA mylar

Ventura Lambrate Trumps in Milan

For the second year running, Milan’s Zona Tortona feels more like Zona Tortura, a nightclub dotted with big brand showrooms, than the former creative epicenter of the Salone furniture fair that it has been for years. Dance music pulses out of black-curtained buildings past the large men (bouncers?) dressed in black suits that guard them while costumed kids handed out free drink tickets. For those seeking a slower-tempo compliment to the commercial fair center at Tortona, the best relief is Ventura Lambrate, where the warehouses surrounding the polytechnic university—themselves beautiful objects of architectural design—are filled with student work, some fresh takes on old products and materials, and design that borders on art. Check out our slideshow of what to see at Ventura Lambrate.
April 20, 2012
Emeco Broom Philippe Starck 2

Emeco Debuts Starck 'Broom' Chair

Pennsylvania-based Emeco is known for iterations on one theme: virtually indestructible chairs made from recycled aluminum. The original Navy chair produced by the company started as a government-commissioned seat, and its newer counterpart very likely sits in your house, thanks to a renaissance in the 1990s. Since then, Emeco has debuted a new designer collaboration each spring at Salone del Mobile in Milan, and 2012 brings a radical departure from the company's norm: no aluminum in sight.
April 20, 2012
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Salone 2012: Hella Jongerius for Vitra

Collaborating with Vitra and Maharam, designer Hella Jongerius reintroduces her iconic Polder sofa in a limited-edition run of 100, out of which only nine will be sold in the US.
April 18, 2012
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Hide & Seek

April 13, 2012
Testing Strength on Knock-Off Furniture Video

Fritz Hansen Stomps on Knockoffs

I've been thinking and learning a lot about furniture knockoffs recently—stay tuned to read the results in an upcoming issue—so this video from Fritz Hansen came at an opportune moment. The Danish company leads an aggressive campaign against knockoffs and counterfeits of their designs, identifying and destroying fakes, as seen in the image below.
April 7, 2012
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