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  1. Loop Desk

    Loop Desk

    Loop was a table prototype before being produced for London Design in 1997, then picked up by Cappellini and, later, turned into a desk. “When you design that very first piece you have no...

  2. Tip Ton Chair

    Tip Ton Chair

    From start to finish, Tip Ton—made for use in educational environments—saw nearly 100 prototypes before its patented forward tilt was perfected. “We knew what the problems were...

  3. Tab Light

    Tab Light

    Quite plainly, the sexiest task light you will ever see. The space between the single fold houses the halogen (or LED) bulbs, while the eponymous tab at the base of the shade enables a redirection...

  4. Iris Table

    Iris Table

    This limited-edition piece for Established & Sons allowed the duo to start their process where it normally ends, with color composition. Precise machinery translated layouts of anodized color...

  5. Ultimate Safari Maze

    Ultimate Safari Maze

    Pros Constructed from a nylon-like nonwoven material slung between springy edges, the Ultimate Safari Maze pops into action or neatly tucks away into the included tote bag just like those handy vis...


  6. House Blanket

    House Blanket

    Pros Donna Wilson has a playful, universally good-humored approach to design (and the fandom of a certain associate editor). Her House Blanket typifies this fun-loving, anything-goes attitude. Ther...


  7. Delta Series

    Delta Series


  8. War Craft Coffee Table

    War Craft Coffee Table

    When painted large on the exterior of a warship, the black-and-white stripes on this low table “dazzle” and confuse the eye of the enemy. Uhuru used teak from the deck of an authentic...

  9. Reflection


    The original Mirror Puzzle was a not-so-standard jigsaw—Wong substituted reflective pieces for standard printed cardboard. Ascalon’s black-and-brass stained glass evolves the thoughtful...

  10. Secondhand Romance

    Secondhand Romance

    An iconic vice gets a delicate glass display. Bracher’s cigarette holder allows voyeurs to watch as smoke rises and ash descends.

  11. Convex Concave

    Convex Concave

    Wong once decked out a Parisian shop window with clever diamond-inspired designs. Burks opted for fragmented reflections from this faceted steel objet.

  12. Call Me or Copy Me

    Call Me or Copy Me

    Wong’s business card was a stencil, which he passed along with a brief but evocative disclaimer: “Call me or copy me.” Thorpe transformed the plastic piece into gold.

  13. The Times of New York Candle

    The Times of New York Candle

    Realizing one of Wong’s final concepts, Lepage’s contribution converts the tactile nature of print into an altogether different sense. This scented candle was designed to capture the...

  14. Die


    Tobias Wong once traded a cigarette for a die from a stranger on the street. McSwain honored his friend with a portrait composed of 13,138 plastic dice—one for every day of Wong’s life.

  15. Dylan Crib by Ducduc

    Dylan Crib by Ducduc

    Produced not far outside New York City, Ducduc’s Dylan crib is just the flexible nest for your budding modernist. The crib converts to a toddler bed and then a daybed as your child grows,...


  16. Lehman's Leather Fly Swatter

    Lehman's Leather Fly Swatter

    Imagine a fly swatter from the 19th century, and you’ll likely picture this Amish-made bug smasher from the Ohio-based “old-fashioned, non-electric merchandise” emporium Lehman...


  17. Swell Seating Collection

    Swell Seating Collection

    Not only made in America, the Swell Seating Collection and its pieces are nearly all made in Pennsylvania. The specialized sewing necessary to produce the slings that make up the seats is done at...

  18. Kingstown Barstools

    Kingstown Barstools

    Each Kingstown barstool is made from sustainably harvested hardwood sourced from forests in the Midwest and on the East Coast. The stool’s production marries traditional handcrafting...


  19. Branching Bubbles

    Branching Bubbles

    Like organic Capsela constructions hovering over the dining table, Lindsey Adelman’s Branching Bubbles chandeliers have a Brooklyn-born brand of industrial expressionism. The one-off quality...

  20. Medium Straight Glass

    Medium Straight Glass

    We love Sausalito, California–based Heath Ceramics for carrying the torch of mid-century design and California manufacturing. For their drinking glasses, they linked up with an 80-year-old...


  21. Aviator Glasses

    Aviator Glasses

    No, your Ray-Bans won’t get you laughed out of the barbecue, but if the aim is to look like, you know, an actual pilot, you can’t go wrong with the glasses Randolph Engineering makes...


  22. Gibraltar ALM11000 Premium Mailbox

    Gibraltar ALM11000 Premium Mailbox

    The purest expression of what American mailboxness is and ever will be, the Gibraltar ALM 11000 is a poem in smooth finished aluminum. Pick one up at any big hardware store for under $20.

  23. Circus, 3 Shelves

    Circus, 3 Shelves

    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...