John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong Arndt named their studio after the made-up word “gorm,” an invented antonym to the real word “gormless” (meaning stupid or dull). The Eugene-based duo creates products that are sustainable, pared down, and pragmatic: easy to carry, repair, recycle, compost, or collapse.
“We try to design with an understanding of what a material is capable of,” says John. Their Plug/Lamp is an extension cord wreathed with a simple metal shade and hook that users carry around and hang as they wish. Similarly low-tech but high-functioning, their Peg system—a series of modular, swappable legs and tabletops—offers building blocks for small spaces. The minimalist Flow kitchen relies on simple components that work together to support complex natural processes: Water from the drip-dry dish rack flows onto edible plants, while a built-in waste bowl tips food scraps into a worm-bin composter below, generating fertilizer used to feed the plants.