Partners in Design

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August 18, 2009
Originally published in America Goes Modern

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.
    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.
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  A Marimekko catalog from the late 1960s.
    A Marimekko catalog from the late 1960s.
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  A Design Research catalog from the 1960s.
    A Design Research catalog from the 1960s.
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  In 1966, the Danish design magazine Mobilia dedicated their whole issue to Design Research.
    In 1966, the Danish design magazine Mobilia dedicated their whole issue to Design Research.
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  In the ’60s, Design Research sold Aalto Stacking Stools for $20 apiece and Marimekko cocktail napkins for 75 cents each.
    In the ’60s, Design Research sold Aalto Stacking Stools for $20 apiece and Marimekko cocktail napkins for 75 cents each.
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  In 1987, Placewares had continued to spread the simple message of better living through design.
    In 1987, Placewares had continued to spread the simple message of better living through design.
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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.
    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.
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  The back cover of Marimekko’s catalog from the early ’60s.
    The back cover of Marimekko’s catalog from the early ’60s.
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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.
    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.
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  The store and all its employees often looked to Marimekko for inspiration.
    The store and all its employees often looked to Marimekko for inspiration.
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