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"We're really driven by understanding the costs of various materials and manufacturing processes," says Blanks. As the design team has grown, it has become more systematic in identifying needs and rounding out the portfolio. After receiving a design brief, a designer pins up initial sketches and produces scale models for group critique. Above, a Toro Chair takes shape.

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