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Report from DesignTide Tokyo

Choices, choices, choices. That seemed to be the mantra for furniture designers at this year’s DesignTide Tokyo, a furniture and product expo on at the city’s swanky Midtown Hall this week. Chalk it up to Japan’s lackluster economy (flexible furniture equals less need to buy new stuff or live in a big house) or just plain playfulness, but designs that could be flipped around, knocked down, and stashed away were around every corner.  
November 4, 2011
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Tom Price's Meltdown Chair

While perusing the blogosphere today, I clicked my way to this demystifying video on British designer Tom Price's Meltdown chair. Price is a practitioner of the common-materials-cum-high-design camp (think the Campana Brothers and Kwangho Lee) and in his Meltdown series, which began in 2008, he's taken scorching heat to swaths of polypropylene sheets, piles of fleece jackets, skeins of plastic rope, and yards of PVC hoses. Though his work is well known by now, his production methods were still a mystery to me. It all started when he thought about a rather simple act: singeing the end of a rope to prevent it from fraying. In this video, Price talks about how the design process starts (would you have guesed that he starts by wrapping rope around a beach ball?), the mid-century design icon that provides the form of the heated mold that deliquesces the seat, and why he's happy to sit in the grey area between design and art.
November 3, 2011
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Trends at Tokyo Designers Week

We sent crack writer and Dwell's woman-in-Japan to check out Tokyo Designers Week. Here's what she found. Fall foliage may be drawing crowds in Kyoto, but color of another sort is all the rage this week in Tokyo, where designers from Japan and abroad are showing off their latest creations at the city’s annual design fest, Tokyo Designers Week. I followed the rainbow-colored road through the booths in search of the best and brightest designs of the year.
November 2, 2011
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Ralph Rapson's Chairs

Though plenty of architects turn their attentions to furniture, few can claim authorship of a proper classic. Ralph Rapson, the Minnesotan modernist who designed the original Guthrie Theater and scores of other midwestern gems, is one. His Rapson line for Knoll in 1945 helped bring American modernism into post-war homes. A new show, starting Friday, November 4th at Archer, Washington D.C.'s leading showroom for 20th-century design, celebrates Rapson for his contributions to the art of the chair. The show, "Ralph Rapson: The Architect as Chair Designer", offers a glimpse of Rapson's works, like the Rapson rocker, but also demonstrates what a spectacular draftsman Rapson was. If architecture ever let him down, Rapson could easily have found work as a New Yorker cartoonist. And it was in part his drawings that led him to win the lounge chair design contest Dwell sponsored with Blu Dot in 2007. Have a look at his stellar work and try to get into the exhibition.
November 1, 2011
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Dreams of Eames

October 31, 2011
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Report from Qubique in Berlin

What makes a tradeshow cool? Location, location, location. In the case of Quibique, a furniture fair making its debut October 26th to 29th, that means a cool city (Berlin) and a cool spot in that city (the hall of the former Tempelhof airport). The iconic, now-decommissioned airport, designed and built in the roaring twenties before a Nazi-era expansion, again became a symbol of hope after WWII during the Berlin Airlift when American pilots used it to deliver food and goods to West Berliners blockaded by the Soviet army.
October 28, 2011
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Modern Farm Furniture

Modern Farm Furniture out of Columbus, Ohio, was one of my favorite finds at the Solar Decathlon this year. The team of Kiel Mohrman and Kyle Herlihy built the custom furniture in Ohio State's enCore design, which was a nice touch—I'm a sucker for hyperlocal design. A little web perusing brought me to their site and I found that they have a small, but incredibly affordable, line available for sale.
October 26, 2011
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DIY Furniture

We are quite excited to share a new book from Laurence King Publishing called DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide by Christopher Stuart of Luur Design. The real coup in this book, however, is not that it comes with a bunch of ideas for desks, and sofas, and chairs, but that they tell you how to make objects by established furniture designers. New York stars Rich Brilliant Willing make an appearance, as do Peter Marigold and Lindsey Adelman and Bec Brittain. The book is well laid out, useful, and inspiring, with projects that even a novice such as I am tempted to try. The furniture itself is on the inexpensive side, and best of all, nothing is made from milk crates. DIY Furniture is out this month and costs $25. Read on for an exclusive look at what's inside.
October 18, 2011
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Tramshed 2011 Video Recap

One of the best shows I saw in all of the London Design Festival was Tramshed 2011 in the Shoreditch Design Triangle. I posted a slideshow of what I saw whilst in London, but as is common, loads of great recaps show up a few weeks after the fact. That is certainly the case with this cool video that furniture brand De la Espada posted on Vimeo. Not only do you get a good tour of all that was on view at the Tramshed, but you see just how thoroughly De la Espada has invested in the show. They must have had two-thirds of the floorspace divvied up between designers they work with like Benjamin Hubert, Matthew Hilton, Soren Rose, Studio Ilse and others. You also get a nice peek at the smaller designers at Tramshed like Plant & Moss and the groovy Glasshouse by VONSUNG. Enjoy this short peek into just some of the great design on in London last month.
October 18, 2011
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