Partners in Design

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August 18, 2009

A design career spanning decades has left this pair of Design Research–alumni with a thing or two to say concerning the state of people, design, and the retail environment.

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  In the living room of their home at The Sea Ranch, Maynard Hale Lyndon and Lu Wendel Lyndon examine LyndonDesign’s new shelving system. Next to the system sits Maynard’s prized Cubicus by Peer Clahsen.  Photo by: Todd Hido
    In the living room of their home at The Sea Ranch, Maynard Hale Lyndon and Lu Wendel Lyndon examine LyndonDesign’s new shelving system. Next to the system sits Maynard’s prized Cubicus by Peer Clahsen.

    Photo by: Todd Hido

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  A Marimekko catalog from the late 1960s.  Photo by: Todd Hido
    A Marimekko catalog from the late 1960s.

    Photo by: Todd Hido

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  A Design Research catalog from the 1960s.  Photo by: Todd Hido
    A Design Research catalog from the 1960s.

    Photo by: Todd Hido

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  In 1966, the Danish design magazine Mobilia dedicated their whole issue to Design Research.  Photo by: Todd Hido
    In 1966, the Danish design magazine Mobilia dedicated their whole issue to Design Research.

    Photo by: Todd Hido

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  In the ’60s, Design Research sold Aalto Stacking Stools for $20 apiece and Marimekko cocktail napkins for 75 cents each.  Photo by: Todd Hido
    In the ’60s, Design Research sold Aalto Stacking Stools for $20 apiece and Marimekko cocktail napkins for 75 cents each.

    Photo by: Todd Hido

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  In 1987, Placewares had continued to spread the simple message of better living through design.  Photo by: Todd Hido
    In 1987, Placewares had continued to spread the simple message of better living through design.

    Photo by: Todd Hido

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  Design Research’s catalog from the ’60s had a clear influence on the later Placewares catalogs, like this one from 1988, both in its crisp presentation and its product offering.  Photo by: Todd Hido
    Design Research’s catalog from the ’60s had a clear influence on the later Placewares catalogs, like this one from 1988, both in its crisp presentation and its product offering.

    Photo by: Todd Hido

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  The back cover of Marimekko’s catalog from the early ’60s.  Photo by: Todd Hido
    The back cover of Marimekko’s catalog from the early ’60s.

    Photo by: Todd Hido

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  From chairs to toys, as long as it was well designed, Design Research would carry it. The Lyndons kept this message close for more than 30 years.  Photo by: Todd Hido
    From chairs to toys, as long as it was well designed, Design Research would carry it. The Lyndons kept this message close for more than 30 years.

    Photo by: Todd Hido

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  The store and all its employees often looked to Marimekko for inspiration.  Photo by: Todd Hido
    The store and all its employees often looked to Marimekko for inspiration.

    Photo by: Todd Hido

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