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The Marriage of Craft and Design Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman

A Marriage of Craft and Design

At the same time that Pierre Koenig and Joseph Eichler were bringing modernism to California's landscape, artists and designers Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman were filling their homes with thoughtfully design, affordable modern goods. A new exhibit opening at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles on January 23—titled A Marriage of Craft and Design: The Work of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman—celebrates the couple's 50-plus-year design partnership and the products they produced. Click through our slideshow for a peek at some of the duo's designs that will be on display.
January 10, 2011
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Erik Thorstensson on Creatables

Earlier this month I posted a little round-up of products by the recycling mavens behind the Swedish design firm Creatables. I've had a subsequent email exchange with Erik Thorstensson, one of Creatables' founders, and here's what he had to say about his company's genesis, the state of men's tennis, and the challenges of sourcing industrial castoffs from which to make new, winsome products.
December 24, 2010
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Anders Färdig

“I was born into this,” says Design House Stockholm CEO Anders Färdig of his work in the design industry. “I had no chance!” His father and godfather helmed venerable Swedish glass companies, and after studying marketing and economics at university, Färdig eventually followed them into the furnishings field. As Scandinavian design found an audience beyond the Nordic lands, his desire to promote homegrown talent—and the simple, practical spirit that guides the family’s work—led to management jobs with Kosta Boda, BodaNova, and Duka before he founded DHS in 1994. “We are trying to take care of international creativity very much like a natural resource.”  
December 23, 2010
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Modern Coat Racks

As evidenced by my recent Holiday Gift Guide, I've got storage on the brain. Inspired by my friend Mary Halvorson—a very talented musician who happens to be in the market for a coat rack—I've put together this roundup of seven modern, compact, and affordable (and, also, um, not-so-affordable) coat racks that look as good as they work.
December 16, 2010
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Ballo Toilet Brush

Tis the season for having guests—and thus a clean house, as well. And while you'll want a toilet brush on hand, you may not want your current one out on display. Danish manufacturer Normann-Copenhagen recently released a new take on the cleaning tool, featuring a sleek design you'll actually want to put on display.
December 13, 2010
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Clever Creatables

I was zipping about online recently and came across the sustainability-minded Swedes behind the charming product design firm Creatables. According to them, Creatables is "a network of product designers and engineers that develop smart products from industrial surplus materials and waste." They've only got a few products on the market at the moment, but their take on industrial refuse and it's opportunities to enter the home as winsome products got me immediately. My favorite so far is the Old News newspaper and magazine holder, though anyone still hard up for a bit of holiday decor might well be pleased with a set of A Brighter Future tea light clips.
December 9, 2010
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Q & A with Confetti System

Confetti System is two friends—Julie Ho and Nicholas Andersen—who make their living creating festive and kaleidoscopic "party systems" out of tissue paper, sparkly mylar, and more. They've created confetti, shaggy geometric pinatas, and garlands for the likes of J.Crew and the band Beach House, and sell their rope-y metallic necklaces at Opening Ceremony and Bergdorf Goodman.
December 1, 2010
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Birthday Fête Essentials

November 29, 2010
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Text Appeal

Will Robison and Jacob Krupnick believe that transforming basic transactions into “retail experiments” will change the rapport we have with what we buy. Subports launched in late 2009 as a techie, Brooklyn-based, text-to-buy business model—–a one-time online registration links your credit card information to your cell phone number, and purchases are made by sending an SMS—–but the implications of the service subvert the conventional add-to-shopping-cart experience. 
November 24, 2010
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