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April 26, 2013
If you were asked to name the world's design nexuses, Ottawa wouldn't exactly come tripping off your tongue. Yet the Canadian capital has birthed the Federal (get it?), an exciting new player in the world of product design. More a consultancy than a straight-up workshop, the Federal also does UI/UX work. Keep clicking for a spin through their clean, modern work that runs the gamut from lighting to kitchen knives.

BBQ is a firepit and grill aimed at urban dwellers who are loathe to give up on flame-lapped burgers even if they've only got a tiny patio. The 18"x18" BBQ is made of treated birch, concrete, and steel.

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This modern birdhouse is made from powder-coated aluminum and comes with a leather string that both connects the two pices of the house and is used for hanging it.

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Maple Set offers a different vision of the kitchen knife, one that suggests an organic warmth over the cold, precise steel. The edge of the knives are of course still made for chopping, but the bodies will get a double-take in your kitchen.

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This small espresso set is unusual for two reasons. For one, it's made from a 3D printer that replicates a ceramic material. For another, you can only drink out of one end of the cups. A sugar dish and spoon complete the set.

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We love the clean profile and local materials of these earmuffs made from Canadian birch, British Columbian sheep's wool, and waxed cotton thread.

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This reading lamp prototype makes use of LED lights and has a lightweight plywood frame.

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Grounded by a 3D-printed ceramic base, this desk lamp gets its shine from three LED strips and a maple plywood frame.

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The Federal upped the cane game by producing this severe stick out of stainless steel. A grippy base is good for frosty winters and the textured handle makes it easy to hold.

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federal grill

BBQ is a firepit and grill aimed at urban dwellers who are loathe to give up on flame-lapped burgers even if they've only got a tiny patio. The 18"x18" BBQ is made of treated birch, concrete, and steel.

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