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October 1, 2012

Inspired by our Made in the USA product roundup in our October 2012 issue, which featured everything from eco-friendly wallpaper to LED lamps made from wood scraps, we bring you the latest from Misewell, a Milwaukee-based company that's a recent Dwell favorite. We profiled Vincent and Paul Georgeson, the two brothers behind the company, in our 2010 Young Guns roundup, and have continued to track their progress and new releases ever since. As the brothers put it, their main goal is to create furniture that will last for decades, both physically and aesthetically. “We’re not trying to follow any trends or do anything ostentatious,” says Paul. “We want our pieces to look great in 30 years rather than turning into hideous eyesores. We want our customers to pass this stuff on to their grandkids.” Here, a look at some of their latest products, introduced at this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair and now available online, as well as some older favorites.

Vincent and Paul Georgeson of Misewell
Brothers Vincent and Paul Georgeson take an unconventional approach to expanding their nascent line of furniture: They take a look around their respective homes and tally what they need, and then design those pieces themselves. "We have added several new products that enhance and add functionality to the spaces we live in," says Paul. "Our additions include a versatile coat stand, a multipurpose bench, an adjustable lamp, a robust bar stool and an essential desk."
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Here's a cross-section of Misewell's latest products. About the company's general approach to design, Paul says: "We feel a large part of the beauty lies in the details that often times are overlooked and unresolved. We view connection points, material choices, and hand crafted joinery as opportunities to enhance furniture from both an aesthetic and structural standpoint."
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Tokyo Lights from Misewell
Their new Tokyo lights (from $245) are made of recycled steel and come in two sizes, eight inches and 18 inches, each topped with an oatmeal-colored rolled-edge shade. "When designing the Tokyo Lamp, our goal was to create something with personality," says Paul. "The ability to tweak the neck angle and pivot the shade entices users to interact with and adjust Tokyo’s stance."
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Eileen lamp by Misewell
The rubber-dipped steel base, aluminum neck, and spun shade keep the Eileen lamp ($1,200) balanced when leaning against a wall or in a corner.
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Conrad coffee table by Misewell
The walnut Conrad coffee table's legs snap into a stamped steel bracket, which comes in powder-coated black, ivory, or this sunny shade of yellow ($1,150).
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Powder-Coated Captain Hooks and Lockwood chair by Misewell
Misewel introduced these powder-coated Captain Hooks ($26 each) in 2009. An innovative stamping process creates little waste by producing nearly 300 coat hooks from a single 4'x8' sheet of steel.
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Spruce clothes tree by Misewell
The new Spruce clothes tree ($410) comes in ivory or black steel. Says Paul: "Spruce is a design that has such a simple, graphic silhouette that it fits well in almost any architectural setting. From a functionality standpoint, it can earn its keep nearly anywhere in your house. We recommend entryway, bedroom, office, and bathrooms."
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Grain desk and Sixagon stool by Misewell
The walnut Grain desk ($1,775) and tomato-colored Sixagon stool ($350) are perfect companions. The Sixagon also works perfectly as a side table.
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Poet Stool and Lockwood Chair by Misewell
The three legs on the Poet Stool ($620) are connected to the walnut seat using mortise and tenon joints, a classic and durable construction method. Made of the same materials, but to different effect, the Lockwood chair ($510) has a shaped solid wood seat and formed steel back.
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Vincent and Paul Georgeson of Misewell
Brothers Vincent and Paul Georgeson take an unconventional approach to expanding their nascent line of furniture: They take a look around their respective homes and tally what they need, and then design those pieces themselves. "We have added several new products that enhance and add functionality to the spaces we live in," says Paul. "Our additions include a versatile coat stand, a multipurpose bench, an adjustable lamp, a robust bar stool and an essential desk."

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