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Emerging Designers Dream Up Solutions for the 21st-Century Office

A design competition organized by Unbranded Design and Herman Miller solicits new concepts for today's changing office.
November 1, 2014
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Designer Celebrates Los Angeles with Local Design Approach

Armen Sevada Gharabegian, head of Los Angeles–based Lounge22 and Ethos Design, shares his philosophies on the importance of working locally.
October 31, 2014
Norwegian wood-burning iron stove designed by Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll.

Modern Take on a Classic Cast-Iron Stove

An Oslo design duo create a modern iteration of the cast-iron stove with a timeless silhouette.
October 28, 2014
The stainless steel Zoku Iced Coffee Maker.

This Mug Makes Iced Coffee in Under 5 Minutes

There are plenty of commuter mugs that are insulated to keep coffee and tea hot, but there are few options for making home iced coffee from a fresh-brewed pot. The Zoku takes a hot 11 ounces of coffee and quickly chills it within the mug for a cold cup. Available for $30.
October 24, 2014
4 Furtif kitchen knives of varying length and size.

Cutting-Edge Knife Requires Sharpening Once Every 25 Years

Since the purpose of a chef’s knife hasn’t changed much in the last century, the design hasn’t really evolved either. Still, one given flaw is that almost all knives, with any amount of use, eventually require sharpening. That means home cooks will either make do with a dull knife, try to sharpen it themselves with a stone, or find a professional to rehabilitate the blade. Furtif manufactures its knives from a sophisticated material that requires sharpening once every 25 years. Available for $138.
October 24, 2014
High school hallway with color treatment by Publicolor.

Using Color for Good: Q&A with Designer Ruth Lande Shuman

Industrial designer Ruth Lande Shuman, who founded the nonprofit Publicolor, expounds on color’s emotional value.
October 23, 2014

Stylish Modern Housewares and Accessories from Makr

Makr, a company based in Winter Park, Florida, offers an array of minimalist wares that we're itching to own. Jason Gregory is at the helm of the seven-person company and personally does all of the design work and creates all of the patterns for the products, which include wallets, bags, chairs, shelves, and more. "The reason I make things is because of the process," he says, "finding out ways to put things together and the enjoyment of turning something flat into something dimensional." Makr manufactures all of its products in Florida (except for its journals, which are produced elsewhere in the South) and produces its small items—like leather goods—in its 3,000-square-foot workshop. Larger items are outsourced to local manufacturers due to the ability to work in small batches, the flexibility to modify and tweak a design, and the convenience in working with another company face-to-face, all of the . "It's not about a 'local' bandwagon movement," Gregory says about his decision to stay in-state. "It's because I can go to a place and discuss want to accomplish. We often work with older fabricators and try to get them to do something design driven."
October 1, 2014
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New York Design Gallery Chamber is a Cabinet of Curiosities

A new gallery in New York's HL23 building pairs design objects old and new.
September 19, 2014
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10 Modern Cat Shelters

In Los Angeles, a fundraiser celebrates modern architecture for felines.
September 19, 2014