Exploded Chair – Joyce Lin

The ubiquitous form of a wooden chair is called into question by artist and designer Joyce Lin with her “Exploded Chair”. Lin’s chair is a “response to themes of inter/dis-connectivity with our environment”, and is an unanswered question of the relationship between materiality and permanence. By encasing the separate pieces of the chair in acrylic boxes, commonly […]

María Elena González, Sculptor

We are greatly anticipating María Elena González’s upcoming show at Herschel + Adler Gallery in New York City. María’s work is rooted in the use of natural materials such as wood and pulp papers resonating with our connection to the natural world. Turn #1 Untitled Over the past few years, she has branched out to music […]

Sailing Yacht Concept by Adam Vorhees

In collaboration with Dykstra Naval Architects, Adam Vorhees has created an absolutely stunning Sailing Yacht concept for his client. The timeless design incorporates two glass deckhouses that seem to rise up through the boat’s teak deck. Vorhees designed the yacht with the knowledge of his client’s “interest for an extremely comfortable and extraordinarily fast yacht that […]

Colored Pencil Vases

Created by artist Tuomas Markunpoika, Amalgamated is a small edition of vases created from colored pencils. The works are reminiscent of early American woodworking but have a distinct patterning all their own.   Tuomas Markunpoika Amalgamated  Tuomas Markunpoika Amalgamated  Tuomas Markunpoika Amalgamated  Tuomas Markunpoika Amalgamated    The pencils are hand combined and glued, making use of […]

Shakers and Movers at the AIC

  The exhibit Shakers and Movers at the Art Institute of Chicago shows the virtue and beauty of Shaker culture. An austere and humble religion, The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, commonly known as the Shakers, has only one community left. However, their influence is not lost on American society. Minimal and […]

The Modern Chair

Our home-base museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, opened a new exhibit yesterday called “The Modern Chair”. It is the first in a series of exhibitions that will lead up to the opening of the museum’s first permanent collection of 20th-21st century architecture and design. The exhibit features furniture starting in the Machine Age, highlighting […]

To Sharpen a Pencil

Professors at the Free University of Bolzano in Italy conceived a clever project for 20 of their design students.  The project, called La Matita Rossa, challenged them to rethink the user’s experience when sharpening a pencil. The students came up with many thoughtful new approaches. A notched handheld with blade. A tool kit for fine […]

Bringing Birchbark to Modern Design

Turning birchbark into a usable material is an age old Siberian craft.  Anastasiya Koshcheeva has used the material to create the ‘fabric’ for her Taburet stool. Although she has been applying the wood in different applications, in her stool she sews and folds it to create a faceted seat which when viewed from alternate angles […]

25 Lamp by Kovac

Named for the 25 pieces of wood that create it, this lamp begins as a flat pack item but unfolds to beautiful silhouette. Available in Oak, Ash, or Birchwood and handmade in Sweden with sustainable materials by the Kovac Family. Not only is it an attractive lamp, the proceeds go to support the Kovac Family’s […]

The Pencil Redefined

When asked to look at the standard pencil and conceive a new sense and purpose for it, the 3rd year industrial design students at HIT, Holon Institute of Technology, rose to the challenge.  18 designs were created for the project, below are a selection.  We cannot help but be intrigued by the possibilities and use […]