See How Ressource Creates Paint Differently

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/see-how-ressource-creates-paint-differently/decon-ressource-paint-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Decon-Ressource-paint-0-810x648.jpg" alt="See How Ressource Creates Paint Differently" /></a>
                                French paint manufacturer <a href="http://www.ressource-peintures.com/en/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Ressource</a> brings a fresh approach to the paint industry despite having been around since 1946. Long before it was trendy, they focused on eco-friendly practices making it no surprise the company has outlasted most other independent French paint manufacturers long after others have shuttered. Currently, the Provence-based Ressource produces more than 950 beautiful hues that the United States can finally get their hands on after they recently opened a new showroom in New York City. Since many of us hadn&#8217;t heard about the indie brand, we&#8217;re taking a closer look inside to see how they&#8217;re creating paint differently, in this bonus <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>.

Photo copyright of Genevieve Gleize

Ressource is a pioneering French high-end brand of decorative paints, which combines heritage and innovation since 1946. The manufacturing of paint starts by carefully mixing marble powder and water to create a base.

Photo copyright of Genevieve Gleize

Through its core
Continue reading "See How Ressource Creates Paint Differently"

The Design Process Behind Angela Adams’ Arenal Rug

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/the-design-process-behind-angela-adams-arenal-rug/decon-angela-adams-arenal-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Decon-Angela-Adams-Arenal-0-810x1124.jpg" alt="The Design Process Behind Angela Adams&#8217; Arenal Rug" /></a>
                                <em>In this month&#8217;s <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>, Design Milk goes behind the scenes with <a href="https://angelaadams.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">angela adams</a>, a Portland, Maine based company run by designers Angela Adams and Sherwood Hamill. The wife-and-husband duo design contemporary rugs and furniture that are crafted by hand using the traditional techniques of skilled makers, like the <a href="https://design-milk.com/angela-adams-latest-rug-collection-inspired-outer-space/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Astral Gardens rug collection</a> and the <a href="https://design-milk.com/moby-coffee-table-angela-adams/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Moby Coffee Table</a>. Now, Angela Adams herself is virtually taking us through her design process of the <a href="https://angelaadams.com/product/arenal/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Arenal</a> rug, a design from the <a href="https://design-milk.com/angela-adams-inner-nature-rug-collection-celebrates-individuality-authenticity/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Inner Nature collection</a> that launched at the end of 2017. </em>
The natural world provides endless inspiration for life and design. I’ve always loved to translate those inspirations into patterns, paintings and sculptural projects using the influences I gather from travels near and far. The inspirations can be subtle and sensorial, or bold and powerful. I have an obsession with volcanoes and the minerals and crystals that form deep in caves
Continue reading "The Design Process Behind Angela Adams’ Arenal Rug"

Steelcase Health Deconstructs Surround: A Flexible Seating System for Hospital Guests

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/steelcase-health-deconstructs-surround/decon-surround-steelcase-health-0a/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Decon-Surround-Steelcase-Health-0a-810x608.jpg" alt="Steelcase Health Deconstructs Surround: A Flexible Seating System for Hospital Guests" /></a>
                                If you&#8217;ve ever had a friend or loved one in the hospital for any length of time, you know just how awful the accommodations are for guests – either they&#8217;re uncomfortable straight chairs that are impossible to get comfortable in or possibly a stiff recliner that isn&#8217;t much better. <a href="https://www.steelcase.com/research/topics/healthcare/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Steelcase Health</a> is working to change that with new and innovative designs like <a href="https://www.steelcase.com/products/sofas-sleepers/surround/#features_animation"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Surround</a>, a sofa system designed for visiting guests. The collection is made to support family members while they&#8217;re staying in a patient&#8217;s room. The design works as a sofa or sleep surface with helpful features, like an integrated sliding table for working or eating, an ambient light for reading, a high recline arm to lean back on, layered storage for personal items, a tray for photos or get well cards, and a coat hook – all thoughtful details aimed at making things comfortable during a difficult time. <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-345318" src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Decon-Surround-Steelcase-Health-1-810x506.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="506" srcset="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Decon-Surround-Steelcase-Health-1-810x506.jpg 810w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Decon-Surround-Steelcase-Health-1-800x500.jpg 800w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Decon-Surround-Steelcase-Health-1-768x480.jpg 768w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Decon-Surround-Steelcase-Health-1-500x313.jpg 500w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Decon-Surround-Steelcase-Health-1.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>
Continue reading "Steelcase Health Deconstructs Surround: A Flexible Seating System for Hospital Guests"

Martone Cycling Co. Shares an Inside Peek at How Their City Bikes Come to Life

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/martone-cycling-co-shares-an-inside-peek-at-how-their-city-bikes-come-to-life/decon-martone-cycling-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Decon-Martone-Cycling-0-810x540.jpg" alt="Martone Cycling Co. Shares an Inside Peek at How Their City Bikes Come to Life" /></a>
                                Lorenzo Martone founded design-focused <a href="http://martonecycling.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Martone Cycling Co.</a> in 2013 driven by a lifelong passion for cycling that began in childhood after receiving his first bicycle. The New York City based brand designs bold, fashion-inspired <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/martone-cycling-co/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">bikes</a> made for city life and, most definitely, fun. With a solid five years under their belt, Martone Cycling Co. is giving an inside peek at how their colorful city bikes come to life in this month&#8217;s <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>.
Designer Lorenzo Martone was inspired to design its now iconic bikes from a very real need in New York City – a need of city dwellers worldwide – if you have to keep your bike in your apartment, how can it fit with your lifestyle? Martone bikes are conceptualized from an architectural viewpoint, a purposeful and thoughtful blend of the contemporary and nostalgic. These bikes are designed for city living – for commuters with busy lifestyles who appreciate
Continue reading "Martone Cycling Co. Shares an Inside Peek at How Their City Bikes Come to Life"

Martone Cycling Co. Shares an Inside Peek at How Their City Bikes Come to Life

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/martone-cycling-co-shares-an-inside-peek-at-how-their-city-bikes-come-to-life/decon-martone-cycling-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Decon-Martone-Cycling-0-810x540.jpg" alt="Martone Cycling Co. Shares an Inside Peek at How Their City Bikes Come to Life" /></a>
                                Lorenzo Martone founded design-focused <a href="http://martonecycling.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Martone Cycling Co.</a> in 2013 driven by a lifelong passion for cycling that began in childhood after receiving his first bicycle. The New York City based brand designs bold, fashion-inspired <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/martone-cycling-co/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">bikes</a> made for city life and, most definitely, fun. With a solid five years under their belt, Martone Cycling Co. is giving an inside peek at how their colorful city bikes come to life in this month&#8217;s <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>.
Designer Lorenzo Martone was inspired to design its now iconic bikes from a very real need in New York City – a need of city dwellers worldwide – if you have to keep your bike in your apartment, how can it fit with your lifestyle? Martone bikes are conceptualized from an architectural viewpoint, a purposeful and thoughtful blend of the contemporary and nostalgic. These bikes are designed for city living – for commuters with busy lifestyles who appreciate
Continue reading "Martone Cycling Co. Shares an Inside Peek at How Their City Bikes Come to Life"

A Look Behind 3 Dining By Design 2018 Vignettes Benefitting DIFFA

                                This month&#8217;s <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a> goes a different route as we&#8217;re taking a closer look at three vignettes from this year&#8217;s <a href="https://diffa.org/dining-by-design/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Dining By Design</a>, a yearly event held by <a href="https://diffa.org/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">DIFFA</a> (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), where local and international designers are invited to transform an empty space into a striking dining environment. These vignettes, all housed next to the Architectural Digest Design Show at Pier 92 in New York City, are the backdrop for five days of events and fundraising to help DIFFA raise money for fighting HIV and AIDS. While there were many dining vignettes at the event, we can&#8217;t feature all the designers so we selected three, including Rapt Studio, the Rockwell Group with The Rug Company, and Franke with Marc Thorpe Design. Take a look.
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-look-behind-3-dining-by-design-2018-vignettes-benefitting-diffa/decon-diffa-dbd-1-rapt/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Decon-DIFFA-DBD-1-Rapt-810x792.jpg" alt="A Look Behind 3 Dining By Design 2018 Vignettes Benefitting DIFFA" /></a>
                                <h1>Rapt Studio</h1>
2018 marks Rapt Studio’s first year participating in Dining By Design and their focus is on something we’re probably all lacking
Continue reading "A Look Behind 3 Dining By Design 2018 Vignettes Benefitting DIFFA"

Get a Look at How Teknion Designed Their Zones Focus Pod

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/get-a-look-at-how-teknion-designed-their-zones-focus-pod/decon-teknion-zones-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/03/Decon-Teknion-Zones-0-810x540.jpg" alt="Get a Look at How Teknion Designed Their Zones Focus Pod" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.teknion.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Teknion</a> partnered with London-based design studio <a href="http://pearsonlloyd.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">PearsonLloyd</a> on a series of contract furniture for contemporary workspaces. We featured the <a href="http://www.teknion.com/products/product-details?productlineid=b28c7a6e-8e7a-673b-a6c8-ff64004460c4"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Zones</a> collection <a href="https://design-milk.com/office-furniture-designed-for-the-modern-worker/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">before</a> and have decided to go in for a closer look at their cleverly designed Focus pods. With offices leaning towards open working environments, the need for smaller, more private spaces has popped up, making Focus a practical necessity. The semi-private pods are designed to reduce extraneous noise and give one person or a couple of people a comfortable spot to work and possibly collaborate without distractions. For this month&#8217;s <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>, Teknion and PearsonLloyd share a look at the extensive design process behind their Zones Focus pod.

PearsonLloyd’s preliminary Teknion portfolio analysis

Early sketches by Tom Lloyd for the Zones Collection

The design journey for this new collection started with a deep investigation and analysis of Teknion’s portfolio, during which PearsonLloyd identified areas that the brand could expand
Continue reading "Get a Look at How Teknion Designed Their Zones Focus Pod"

Studio DUNN Shares the Design Process of the Architect’s Stool

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/studio-dunn-shares-the-design-process-of-the-architects-stool/decon-dunn-architects-00a-architects-stool/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/Decon-Dunn-Architects-00a-Architects-Stool-810x502.jpg" alt="Studio DUNN Shares the Design Process of the Architect&#8217;s Stool" /></a>
                                We&#8217;ve <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/studio-dunn/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">followed</a> Rhode Island based design firm <a href="https://studiodunn.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Studio DUNN</a> for a number of years now, appreciating the attention to detail and solid craftsmanship found in their furniture and lighting collections. One of which is their <a href="https://studiodunn.com/collections/architects-collection"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Architect&#8217;s Collection</a>, a series of modern stools and a cafe table that give a modern spin to early 19th century task furniture used by architects and engineers. Today, the studio takes us on a behind-the-scenes look at how their <a href="https://studiodunn.com/collections/architects-collection/products/architects-stool-back"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Architect&#8217;s Stool with Back</a> was conceived and how they make it in-house with hand-built components in this month&#8217;s <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>.
01 Sketching – It all starts with a sketch. I tend to fill up sketchbooks at a pace of one per month. When developing a new design, I have to consider the materials’ properties and their capabilities and limitations. My design process varies depending on what I’m designing. In this case, I tried to work out
Continue reading "Studio DUNN Shares the Design Process of the Architect’s Stool"

Louis Poulsen Shares How the Above Pendant Is Made

                                Danish brand <a href="http://www.louispoulsen.com/usa/frontpage/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Louis Poulsen</a> is universally known for their iconic lighting, manufacturing some of the most recognizable fixtures in the game. One of their latest fixtures, the <a href="http://www.louispoulsen.com/usa/products/indoor/pendants/above/c-24/c-1422/p-91571"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Above</a> pendant, is well on its way to icon status with its minimalist conical silhouette. Designed by Danish designer <a href="https://odgard.dk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mads Odgård</a>, the fixture illuminates downward with a soft, even glow thanks to its matte white interior. In this <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>, Louis Poulsen gives us an inside look at how this beautiful pendant came to life.
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/louis-poulsen-shares-how-the-above-pendant-is-made/louis-poulsen-above-mads-odgard-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/01/Louis-Poulsen-Above-Mads-Odgard-1-810x608.jpg" alt="Louis Poulsen Shares How the Above Pendant Is Made" /></a>
                                For generations, Louis Poulsen products have been synonymous with passionate craftsmanship. The right, high-quality materials are paramount to the crafting process, and are formed to reflect, absorb, and reveal to ultimately create products that please the eye and enhance the space, whether they are lit or unlit.
Following Louis Poulsen’s belief that design should shape light, Odgård has taken his knowledge of outdoor lighting and natural ambience
Continue reading "Louis Poulsen Shares How the Above Pendant Is Made"

2017 Year in Review: Deconstruction

                                It&#8217;s one thing to appreciate beautiful design, but it&#8217;s another thing to learn the lengthy process that designers and manufacturers go through to bring a product to fruition. It gives you a new perspective to see the effort put in, and quite frankly, all the blood, sweat, and tears along the way. Here we look back on the 12 designs we featured this year in our Deconstruction column.
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/2017-year-in-review-deconstruction/decon-bend-goods-betty-chair-0-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/Decon-Bend-Goods-Betty-Chair-0-810x540.jpg" alt="2017 Year in Review: Deconstruction" /></a>
                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-look-at-how-bend-goods-betty-came-to-be/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">A Look at How Bend Goods’ Betty Came to Be</a><br />
Bend Goods gave us a look at how one of their newest designs, the Betty Stacking Chair, was born. How Big Chill’s Retro Fridge Came To Be
The Retro Original Fridge from Big Chill is where it all began so take a look at how this mid-century design came to be. A Look at the Design Process of Juniper’s Love Me Not Pendant
For this Deconstruction, we checked in with Brooklyn’s Juniper
Continue reading "2017 Year in Review: Deconstruction"

The Making of Heath Clay Studio’s Design Series 5: Forming Fables

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/the-making-of-heath-clay-studios-design-series-5-forming-fables/decon-heath-ceramics-fables-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/Decon-heath-ceramics-fables-0-810x544.jpg" alt="The Making of Heath Clay Studio&#8217;s Design Series 5: Forming Fables" /></a>
                                Ceramicist and head of <a href="http://www.heathceramics.com/heath-clay-studio" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Heath Clay Studio</a> (the experimentation division of <a href="http://www.heathceramics.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Heath Ceramics</a>), Tung Chiang, recently launched <a href="http://www.heathceramics.com/home/pages/discover-heath/studio-stores/heath-clay-studio#galleryviewer-286" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Series 5: Forming Fables</a>, the fifth show that explores ideas with clay throughout an entire year. This year he chose to create hand-formed ceramic animals and trees that illustrate the stories that go along with the collection. Throughout the year-long project, he spent time brainstorming ideas, fleshing out shapes and glazes, and honing the process of making the final pieces – all in he made over 100 one-of-a-kind pieces for the show. For this month&#8217;s <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>, they take us through the process of how this storied collection came to fruition.

Tung Chiang in the Heath Clay Studio in San Francisco \\\ Photo by Eszther Matheson

Continuing to explore what design means to Heath, Tung Chiang, a well trained designer, gifted ceramicist, and head of the Heath Clay Studio, presents
Continue reading "The Making of Heath Clay Studio’s Design Series 5: Forming Fables"

The Design and Manufacturing Process of Skram’s Altai Side Table

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/the-design-and-manufacturing-process-of-skrams-altai-side-table/decon-skram-altai-table-20/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Decon-Skram-Altai-Table-20-810x692.jpg" alt="The Design and Manufacturing Process of Skram&#8217;s Altai Side Table" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.skramfurniture.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Skram</a> is a Burlington, North Carolina based furniture company founded by A. Jacob Marks that focuses on sustainable methods of manufacturing. Their goal is to design and produce quality, handcrafted pieces that can be handed down from generation to generation and it&#8217;s clear when you take a look at what goes into making the <a href="https://www.skramfurniture.com/furniture/product/altai-side-table" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Altai Side Table</a>. For this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>, Skram takes us behind the scenes to see how this beautiful table comes to light. Take a look.
Altai is a family of seating and tables that we launched in 2015. The defining characteristic of this body of work is what we call the leg element (others have said that they look like leg warmers or rifle barrels or any number of other things), which we manifest with a complex computer-driven carving process and a great deal of hand work. Altai was our first collection that embraced applied
Continue reading "The Design and Manufacturing Process of Skram’s Altai Side Table"

Luxury Goods Brand FEIT Shares Their Shoe Making Technique

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/luxury-goods-brand-feit-shares-their-shoe-making-technique/decon-feit_tull_hiker-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Decon-FEIT_Tull_Hiker-0-810x555.jpg" alt="Luxury Goods Brand FEIT Shares Their Shoe Making Technique" /></a>
                                Shoes are something that enter our lives in our early toddler years and remain a daily part of our lives until we cease to exist. When we wear them out or find a cool pair we like, we simply buy them, but do we ever really think about how that pair came to exist? While many shoes are just mass produced, there&#8217;s a wonderful niche of companies that keep it old school by making handcrafted shoes using traditional techniques. There&#8217;s nothing quite like slipping your foot into a shoe that was painstakingly made by a master craftsman, one shoe at a time. One company that still believes in the <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/feit/" data-wpel-link="internal">beauty of shoes</a> made by hand is <a href="https://www.feitdirect.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FEIT</a>, a New York-based brand that focuses on craftsmanship and natural materials. For this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>, FEIT shares a look into the making of their hand sewn hiker boot.
STEP 1 \\
Continue reading "Luxury Goods Brand FEIT Shares Their Shoe Making Technique"

Luxury Goods Brand FEIT Shares Their Shoe Making Technique

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/luxury-goods-brand-feit-shares-their-shoe-making-technique/decon-feit_tull_hiker-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Decon-FEIT_Tull_Hiker-0-810x555.jpg" alt="Luxury Goods Brand FEIT Shares Their Shoe Making Technique" /></a>
                                Shoes are something that enter our lives in our early toddler years and remain a daily part of our lives until we cease to exist. When we wear them out or find a cool pair we like, we simply buy them, but do we ever really think about how that pair came to exist? While many shoes are just mass produced, there&#8217;s a wonderful niche of companies that keep it old school by making handcrafted shoes using traditional techniques. There&#8217;s nothing quite like slipping your foot into a shoe that was painstakingly made by a master craftsman, one shoe at a time. One company that still believes in the <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/feit/" data-wpel-link="internal">beauty of shoes</a> made by hand is <a href="https://www.feitdirect.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FEIT</a>, a New York-based brand that focuses on craftsmanship and natural materials. For this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>, FEIT shares a look into the making of their hand sewn hiker boot.
STEP 1 \\
Continue reading "Luxury Goods Brand FEIT Shares Their Shoe Making Technique"

Poppin Shares How Their Pitch Collection is Made

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/poppins-pitch-collection/poppin_deconstruction_pitch-collection-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/06/Poppin_Deconstruction_Pitch-Collection-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Poppin Shares How Their Pitch Collection is Made" /></a>
                                Everyone knows <a href="http://www.poppin.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Poppin</a> for their goal of turning boring office supplies and accessories into fun, colorful objects you want to display and enjoy using. But did you know they&#8217;ve expanded that mission to include office furniture that&#8217;s practical, functional, and affordable? Part of that furniture line is the <a href="http://www.poppin.com/search?q=Pitch" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Pitch Collection</a> of upholstered seating, which includes a sofa, club chair, sled chair, and rolling chair. For this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>, Poppin takes us inside their factory to see how the <a href="http://www.poppin.com/search?q=Pitch+Club+Chair" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Pitch Club Chair</a> and <a href="http://www.poppin.com/search?q=Pitch+sofa" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Pitch Sofa</a> are made.
Our Pitch Lounge Collection was conceived as a more tailored and intimate companion to our successful modular Block Party Collection. The initial challenge was to make a contract-grade chair of this size and scope that could be kept perpetually in stock and ready to ship at an affordable price. The seats of the Pitch Chair and Sofa are angled — or “pitched” —
Continue reading "Poppin Shares How Their Pitch Collection is Made"

How Carnevale Studio Domesticates Neon and Brings It Inside

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/how-carnevale-studio-domesticates-neon-and-brings-it-inside/decon-carnevale-neon-16-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/05/Decon-Carnevale-neon-16-1-810x586.jpg" alt="How Carnevale Studio Domesticates Neon and Brings It Inside" /></a>
                                New York-based artist and designer Jessica Carnevale, of <a href="http://www.carnevalestudio.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Carnevale Studio</a>, is recently back from Salone where she introduced <a href="http://www.carnevalestudio.com/index#/neonlights/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Group 18</a>, a collection of neon lights for the home. When you think of neon, those bright, garish &#8216;Open&#8217; signs at restaurants or beer signs in a bar probably come to mind, but so much more can be done with Neon, Krypton, and Argon, the noble gases in Group 18 of the periodic table. For this collection, Carnevale Studio decided to domesticate neon lights and create a series of five colorful lights for your desk or table. Take a look at how it&#8217;s done, in this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>.
  1. This video is what convinced me I had to make a neon light collection. I’d never seen the miraculous effect that electricity has on these gases up close.
  1. Bending glass over an
Continue reading "How Carnevale Studio Domesticates Neon and Brings It Inside"

Designing and Building a Modern Record Player Console

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/designing-and-building-a-modern-record-player-console/decon-chris-salomone-record-console-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/05/Decon-Chris-Salomone-record-console-0-810x699.jpg" alt="Designing and Building a Modern Record Player Console" /></a>
                                This month you&#8217;re getting a bonus <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a> (stay tuned tomorrow for another one!) and it&#8217;s a good one! Several years ago, we came across <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/foureyes/"  rel="noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="internal">the work</a> of Chris Salomone of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/chrissalomone1" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">foureyes furniture</a> and instantly fell for his handcrafted, mid-century-inspired designs. He&#8217;s back with another piece of furniture we desperately want to come live with us – a modern record player console – and here he breaks down how it came about.

Drawing ideas

This piece started as a potential commissioned build for a client who was looking for a record player cabinet. He found me through my YouTube channel and liked my style, so he basically gave me free reign to come up with some ideas.

Final design drawing

When he saw the idea for this one, he was really drawn to it, which made me happy because it turns out it was my favorite of the bunch as
Continue reading "Designing and Building a Modern Record Player Console"

How KITE’s High-End Eyeglasses Are Made

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/how-kites-high-end-eyeglasses-are-made/decon-kite-eyewear-0-final/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Decon-KITE-Eyewear-0-final-810x540.jpg" alt="How KITE&#8217;s High-End Eyeglasses Are Made" /></a>
                                London-based <a href="https://kitegb.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">KITE</a> is an up-and-coming eyewear brand that&#8217;s handcrafted by some of the best Italian artisans in the world. The designer behind the brand, Marcello Martino, aims to bring the highest quality materials and craftsmanship to each frame, which sends him to Italy on the regular to ensure his high-end standards are met. Their frames, which cover eyeglasses and sunglasses, are constructed in either metal or acetate in a time-consuming process that includes multiple quality checks. In this month&#8217;s Deconstruction, KITE shares the process of bringing their <a href="https://kitegb.com/glasses/broadwick/shape/panto/finish/black-gloss"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Broadwick</a> eyeglass frames to life.

Sketch

A KITE frame starts as a unique design by our London in-house design team before making its way to our makers in Italy. We explore color and light, form and function, to every last detail from nose-pad to temple-hinge, from concept-sketch to production.

Technical drawing

We choose from a library of acetate sheet colors by Mazzucchelli, cellulose
Continue reading "How KITE’s High-End Eyeglasses Are Made"

A Look at the Design Process of Juniper’s Love Me Not Pendant

A Look at the Design Process of Juniper’s Love Me Not Pendant

For this month’s Deconstruction, we’re checking in with Brooklyn-based Juniper who collaborated with Montreal-based artist and ceramicist Pascale Girardin on the Love Me Not (À La Folie) pendant. The sculptural fixture’s organic form is created through five layers of hand-formed, porcelain-finished acrylic, ensuring that each light is a little bit different and unique. Here, Juniper shares a look at the design process, from ideation to material choices to the finished project. Take a look.

The Love Me Not (À La Folie) light pendant was a natural collaboration that bloomed on our first meeting with artist and ceramicist Pascale Girardin. Pascale has been creating these beautiful ceramic floral sculptures out of her Montreal studio for years. It was clear that its second most natural incarnation was to be a light pendant.

Like all good design, it has to start with pen on paper.

Like the ceramic sculptures, each piece would be

Continue reading "A Look at the Design Process of Juniper’s Love Me Not Pendant"

A Look at How Bend Goods’ Betty Came to Be

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/a-look-at-how-bend-goods-betty-came-to-be/decon-bend-goods-betty-chair-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/01/Decon-Bend-Goods-Betty-Chair-0-810x540.jpg" alt="A Look at How Bend Goods&#8217; Betty Came to Be" /></a>
                                Have you met <a href="http://bendgoods.com/collections/new-theme-shop-page/products/betty-stacking-chair" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Betty</a>? If not, you should say hello. She&#8217;s one of the latest designs Bend Goods has dropped and she&#8217;s a keeper. Betty was designed to stack when you want extra chairs on hand but don&#8217;t necessarily have the space to keep them out all the time &#8211; she&#8217;s super practical. Plus, they gave her a chic, bohemian look with triangular details that can work on warm summer nights on the patio or at your dining table. Let&#8217;s see how Betty was born in this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>.
  1. It all starts with a sketch. The pencil to paper realization of a thought or a dream. These are the very first sketches that started the whole process and gave life to what we know today as the Bend Goods Betty Stacking Chair. You will quickly see how the page came to life when we took these sketches to the metal
Continue reading "A Look at How Bend Goods’ Betty Came to Be"