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Objeti Design Studio

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Cleveland is no New York or Milan, so it may not seem to be the most ideal city in which to launch a design studio. But Objeti, Joseph Ribic's design/manufacturing firm based in Ohio, is proving modern designers can flourish in America's heartland. Objeti's designs—stools, lighting, and tables—won accolades at this year's ICFF. Ribic recently chatted about his inspiration, what it's like working with his brother and father, and the challenges of being an upstart furniture manufacturer. Here he takes Dwell through some images of his shop, and gives us an insider's look at the processes used to create Objeti's pieces.

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  "A partial view into the shop. Work moves between the computers and machines freely," says Ribic.
    "A partial view into the shop. Work moves between the computers and machines freely," says Ribic.
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  Some of the parts are machined on the CNC’s while others, like this, are machined on the manual lathe and mill.
    Some of the parts are machined on the CNC’s while others, like this, are machined on the manual lathe and mill.
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  "My favorite piece is the Twiggy lamp," says Ribic. "We just added a touch dimmer to allow for bedside use.
    "My favorite piece is the Twiggy lamp," says Ribic. "We just added a touch dimmer to allow for bedside use.
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  The Soft Tools felt lamps are all hand-pressed from naturally dyed wool. The shapes are derived from the cutting tools used in the shop.
    The Soft Tools felt lamps are all hand-pressed from naturally dyed wool. The shapes are derived from the cutting tools used in the shop.
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  "Our first design, the Aerialist tables. Here you can see the simple rotating functionality which reveals the upholstered cushion."  Courtesy of: Hanson Photographic � 2009
    "Our first design, the Aerialist tables. Here you can see the simple rotating functionality which reveals the upholstered cushion."

    Courtesy of: Hanson Photographic � 2009

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  "We source our wood from a local mill that uses salvaged trees from the Cleveland area," says Ribic.
    "We source our wood from a local mill that uses salvaged trees from the Cleveland area," says Ribic.
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  "My father, John Ribic Sr., cuts the slots for the legs of the stool."
    "My father, John Ribic Sr., cuts the slots for the legs of the stool."
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  There are two stool heights available, both featuring a different cross bar variation. This is the 20” version.
    There are two stool heights available, both featuring a different cross bar variation. This is the 20” version.
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  "This is the 25” version, which is being used by a friend who is a glass artisan and will be working with us on a new project," says Ribic.
    "This is the 25” version, which is being used by a friend who is a glass artisan and will be working with us on a new project," says Ribic.
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  Ribic sets the scene for a photo shoot for Cleveland’s Plain Dealer newspaper.  Also featured in the shot is Objeti's LED Hangman lamp.
    Ribic sets the scene for a photo shoot for Cleveland’s Plain Dealer newspaper.  Also featured in the shot is Objeti's LED Hangman lamp.

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