Inspired by vernacular traditions, Providence-based Meg Callahan used a very contemporary production technique, digital printing, to make this seemingly quilted blanket for Matter’s in-house line.
At Mattermade, nothing is more important than capturing the exact specifics of a design, which means that the best results are achieved without the use of machines. An actual person bends and welds the steel cages that support the Circus shelves, and the rift-cut, Forest Stewardship Coucil–certified oak is also finished by hand. Here, production methods never alter a design; instead they steadfastly serve it.
This whimsical wall console, shaped like the bottom half of an ostrich, is made of high pressure laminate and comes in bright red, brushed black or bright dark grey.
Pros: An attractive energy-efficient lamp on the market! An LED bulb illuminates
The design is pleasantly eccentric: The pull is reminiscent of a vintage library light, and a colorful cord snakes through one of the legs.
Cons: The brass plating is a beacon for fingerprints and scratches. Opt for the powder-coated version instead.
The opaque steel shade channels light directly downward—fine for a desk or as an accent, but don’t expect beams to reach every dark corner.
This unexpected form is less precious than its blue-blood fluted counterpart. Plus, it comes in pale orange, green, turquoise, and clear.
As a young Dutch designer, Ineke Hans is practically required to produce work that is playful and ironic. She did not disappoint at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2007, when Cappellini introduced her line of generously proportioned wood furniture in natural or blue tinted lime called Neo Country. A contemporary take on the solid-wood armchair, rocker, and stool once commonly found in rural Dutch homes, Neo Country was one of the sweetest surprises amidst vulgar chairs and grotesque lamps.
Karl Zahn added a playful alligator to his line of toys made from sustainably harvested new growth beech wood. The tripartite puzzle-like design is held together with dovetails—baby's first lesson in joinery.
100% gum rubber chew toy in 4 great scents. Chocolate, Cashew, Pistachio and Peanut Butter.