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
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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.
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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.
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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” —
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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.
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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
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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
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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.

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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
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2016 Year in Review: Deconstruction

                                If you&#8217;re anything like us, you&#8217;re curious about how things are made. That is why we invite designers and brands every year to allow us behind the scenes to get a peek at how they do it. We&#8217;re taking a look back at our <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/"  data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a> archives from 2016 to see just how our favorite designs come to fruition.
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/contortionist-palindrome-fixture-made/decon-rbw-palindrome-light-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2016/01/Decon-RBW-Palindrome-Light-1-600x400.jpg" alt="2016 Year in Review: Deconstruction" /></a>
                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/contortionist-palindrome-fixture-made/"  data-wpel-link="internal">How the Contortionist Palindrome Fixture Comes Together</a><br />
Rich Brilliant Willing shares the process of how the Palindrome, an adaptable, sculptural fixture, was designed and made. Decon-Urban-Electric-Co-Houe-Light-0 How Urban Electric Co. Makes Their Houe Fixture
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We fell hard for Contour, a modern jewelry brand based in Tel Aviv, and they shared how they make a handmade geometric ring in this Deconstruction. Brian-Yap-Posters Artist Brian Yap on
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The Making of Merkled’s Net Stool

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/the-making-of-merkleds-net-stool/decon-merkled-net-stool-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2016/12/Decon-Merkled-Net-Stool-1-810x540.jpg" alt="The Making of Merkled&#8217;s Net Stool" /></a>
                                We&#8217;ve been fans of Portland, Oregon based studio <a href="http://merkled.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer">Merkled</a>, led by designer Kari Merkl, for years, <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Merkled/"  data-wpel-link="internal">crushing</a> on their modern seating and clever coat hooks. When you observe their work in person, you see just how finely crafted each piece is and their incredible attention to detail. In today&#8217;s Deconstruction, they take us through the manufacturing process of their <a href="http://merkled.com/collections/seating/products/merkled-net-stool" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer">Merkled Net Stool</a>, which combines a machined and welded steel frame with a flexible knotted seat. Take a look.
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How Block Shop’s Soleri Scarf is Conceived

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/block-shops-soleri-scarf-comes-fruition/decon-block-shop-0-textile-finished/"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2016/11/Decon-Block-Shop-0-textile-finished-600x450.jpg" alt="How Block Shop&#8217;s Soleri Scarf is Conceived" /></a>
                                Southern California-based sisters, Hopie and Lily Stockman, are the masterminds behind <a href="http://www.blockshoptextiles.com/" >Block Shop</a>, a textile company that brings a modern California vibe to textiles that are created through the traditional hand block printing process in India. Working with a family of printers and dyers in Bagru, Rajasthan, the brand makes a gorgeous array of scarves, pillows, and rugs featuring contemporary motifs. One of those such pieces is the <a href="http://www.blockshoptextiles.com/collections/creosote-collection/products/soleri" >Soleri Scarf</a>, a design inspired by Arcosanti, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/02/16/garden/20120216-ARCOSANTI.html?_r=0" >unfinished desert community</a> conceived of by architect <a href="https://arcosanti.org/" >Paolo Soleri</a>, who died before its completion. In this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" >Deconstruction</a>, Block Shop shares the process of the scarf&#8217;s evolution.
Decon-Block-Shop-1a_Textile-and-Color-Story-Research Step 1. Research. Most designing happens in our DTLA studio, where the first step is putting down our phones and computers and digging into our textile library. Our designs are usually inspired by a combination the architectural motifs in our urban surroundings—Los Angeles and
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How Michael Aram’s Molten Metal Collection is Made

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/michael-arams-molten-metal-collection-made/decon-michael-aram-after-the-storm-0-sunrise/"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2016/10/Decon-Michael-Aram-After-the-Storm-0-sunrise-600x777.jpg" alt="How Michael Aram&#8217;s Molten Metal Collection is Made" /></a>
                                American born artist and designer <a href="http://design-milk.com/friday-five-with-michael-aram/" >Michael Aram</a> has launched a new collection where he explores metal in a whole new way. Much like painter Jackson Pollack would splatter paint across a canvas, Aram drips hot molten metal on top of curved forms and flat planes to make up a collection of objects he calls <a href="http://www.michaelaram.com/nsite/productlist.aspx?cid=153" >After the Storm</a>. The series was inspired after Aram witnessed a storm with torrential rains while watching from the window. Once the storm passed, a new sense of calm and beauty filled the outdoors while also leaving wreckage behind, like branches, leaves, and mud. The haphazardness and spontaneity is captured in each of the collection&#8217;s pieces. In this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" >Deconstruction</a>, we take a look at his process of creating one of the vases.
Decon-Michael-Aram-After-the-Storm-1 Michael’s fascination with splatter began at the forge. Decon-Michael-Aram-After-the-Storm-2 He begins experimenting with splatter and imagining how he can create a collection based
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How Side Project Skateboards Are Made

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/side-project-skateboards-made/decon-side-project-skateboard-0/"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2016/09/Decon-Side-Project-Skateboard-0-600x400.jpg" alt="How Side Project Skateboards Are Made" /></a>
                                Based in Houston, Texas, <a href="http://www.sideprojectskateboards.com/" >Side Project Skateboards</a> is a one-man operation that handcrafts skateboards from a variety of found and recovered hardwoods and American-made components. The vintage-inspired boards, which are completely one-of-a-kind and made entirely by hand, feature strips of selected woods, like rare South American Zircon, American Walnut, and Purpleheart. The SS16 collection includes nine new skateboards and in this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" >Deconstruction</a>, founder and creative director Jake Eshelman gives us a look into how each one is constructed.
Decon-Side-Project-Skateboard-0a_Open-Workshop-Doors Personally, I work best with the doors open, so that’s usually the first thing I do as I set up the studio. It sounds mundane, but it’s hard to beat a nice breeze through the workshop (when it’s not oppressively hot or rainy here in Houston). Decon-Side-Project-Skateboard-1_Recovering-Wood Every Side Project Skateboard begins as discarded wood. I have a couple sources to recover these materials, which are usually small strips that I save
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The Making of 13&9’s Rock Collection

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/making-139s-rock-collection/decon-13and9-rock-collection-0-paul-ott/"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2016/08/Decon-13and9-ROCK-COLLECTION-0-paul-ott-600x450.jpg" alt="The Making of 13&amp;9&#8217;s Rock Collection" /></a>
                                We&#8217;ve been following the evolution of Martin Lesjak and Anastasia Su&#8217;s <a href="http://www.13and9design.com/" >13&amp;9</a> brand since its launch in 2013. Since its introduction, they&#8217;ve partnered with many international companies, like Artifort, <a href="http://design-milk.com/the-latest-from-buzzispace/" >Buzzispace</a>, <a href="http://design-milk.com/best-neocon-2016/" >Mohawk Group</a>, Viteo Outdoors, and more, along with designing and producing <a href="http://design-milk.com/geometric-jewelry-bags-sunglasses-139/" >their own products</a> including <a href="http://adorn-milk.com/collections/13-9-design" >jewelry</a>. One such partnership is with Belgian lighting firm <a href="http://www.weverducre.com/en/Home" >Wever &amp; Ducré</a>, which led to the <a href="http://www.13and9design.com/design/rock-light/" >Rock Collection</a>, a series of lamps and tables made from materials that were intended for other purposes. The results are lamp shades made from razor-thin stone veneers and tables that reflect the shape of the lamps&#8217; frame. For this <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" >Deconstruction</a>, 13&amp;9 gives us insight into how this collection is made.
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How Pigeon Toe’s Hazel Pendants Are Made

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/pigeon-toes-hazel-pendants-made/rejuvenation-pigeon-toe-hazel-0/"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2016/07/Rejuvenation-Pigeon-Toe-Hazel-0-600x431.jpg" alt="How Pigeon Toe&#8217;s Hazel Pendants Are Made" /></a>
                                <a href="https://pigeontoeceramics.com/" >Pigeon Toe</a> has been <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/pigeon-toe-ceramics/" >one of our favorite makers</a> for years now and the Portland, Oregon-based ceramic studio has been branching out with their offerings in recent times. One of their latest products is a collection of customizable ceramic pendants for <a href="http://www.rejuvenation.com/" >Rejuvenation</a> called <a href="http://www.rejuvenation.com/catalog/categories/new/designers-makers/pigeon-toe" >Hazel</a>. Each of the six forms began as a hand-thrown shape that was used to make the molds. As you&#8217;ll see in this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" >Deconstruction</a>, the Hazel pendants are handmade and finished off with brass hardware after the components have been selected. Take a look at the extensive process they go through to make each pendant.
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The Making of Corbé’s Fifty United Plates

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                                Last year, we heard about <a href="http://www.corbecompany.com/" >Corbé</a>, a design studio in Detroit making handcrafted modern ceramics that are inspired by a combination of mid-century design, traditional craft, and American manufacturing. We were especially enamored with their <a href="http://design-milk.com/map-made-handmade-porcelain-plates/" >Fifty United Plates</a>, which is <a href="http://www.corbecompany.com/collections/the-fifty-united-plates/" >a series of porcelain plates</a> that fit together to form a three-dimensional map of the United States. We asked Corbé if they&#8217;d give us an inside look at how the pieces came together, in this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" >Deconstruction</a>.
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Our designs for The Fifty United Plates begin on the computer as 3D models. This important step allows us to inspect each shape prior to prototyping and adjust any areas that will complicate the mold making and slip casting process. It is invaluable to be able to adjust scale and dimensions at this early design phase. Decon-Corbe-State-Plates-2 After the design is finalized, the files are sent to the CNC
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How Phloem Studio Makes their Captain’s Chair

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                                <em>We have such a great appreciation for handcrafted furniture, where designers put their heart and soul into each piece with the intention for it to last a lifetime and then some. Ben Klebba, of <a href="http://phloemstudio.com/index.html" >Phloem Studio</a>, is one of those people making heirloom quality pieces that will always be in style. The Washington State designer has been steadily building quite the portfolio of furniture, including the <a href="http://www.phloemstudio.com/captains.html" >Captain&#8217;s Chair</a>, a simple chair made of a white oak structure and a black rope woven seat. In this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" >Deconstruction</a>, Klebba shares with us how it&#8217;s made.</em>
Decon-Phloem-Captains-Chair-1 We make each piece of furniture to order and we start each with a set of drawings and patterns. The Captain’s Chair is no exception. While most pieces are made by hand using traditional wood joinery and tools (run by electricity and by hand), it’s important that we work to high standards and keep everything
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How Grovemade’s Catch-All Came to Be

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/grovemades-catch-came/decon-grovemade-catch-all-1/"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2016/04/Decon-Grovemade-Catch-All-1-600x413.jpg" alt="How Grovemade&#8217;s Catch-All Came to Be" /></a>
                                Portland, Oregon-based <a href="http://grovemade.com/" >Grovemade</a> are known for their handcrafted wooden tech cases and desk accessories and the tight-knit brand continues to expand their product range with the recently launched <a href="http://design-milk.com/start-end-day-entryway-collection-grovemade/" >Entryway Collection</a>. The team takes us through the process of how one of the standout pieces in that collection, the <a href="http://grovemade.com/product/walnut-catch-all/?initial=203" >Catch-All</a>, came to life, in this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" >Deconstruction</a>.
Decon-Grovemade-Catch-All-2-drawing The catch-all was initially conceived as a kind of shelf. We found, though, that a single ledge was limited in functionality. We wanted something that was more practical, able to both showcase and store our everyday essentials while integrating seamlessly into the home. Decon-Grovemade-Catch-All-3 As many of us use bowls or trays to toss our everyday items in, we wondered how we could combine that with the functionality of a shelf. Inspiration came in the form of one of our laptop stands. Decon-Grovemade-Catch-All-4 Our design team inverted the stand, put it up against the wall
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The Making of Contour’s Geometric Lynn Ring

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/making-contours-geometric-lynn-ring/decon-contour-lynn-ring-0-shlomi-berental/"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2016/03/Decon-Contour-Lynn-Ring-0-Shlomi-Berental-600x401.jpg" alt="The Making of Contour&#8217;s Geometric Lynn Ring" /></a>
                                <em>Our love of modern jewelry led to us opening our very own online jewelry store, <a href="https://adorn-milk.com/" >Adorn Milk</a>, where we covet every single piece we sell. One of the lines we&#8217;ve fallen hard for is <a href="http://www.contour-studio.com/" >Contour</a>, a jewelry brand based in Tel Aviv, Israel founded by Lior Shulak Hai &amp; Galit Barak. We reached out to them to see if they&#8217;d give us an inside look as to how their handmade jewelry is crafted. They agreed, and for this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" >Deconstruction</a>, they&#8217;re sharing how their <a href="https://adorn-milk.com/collections/contour/products/lynn-ring" >Lynn Ring</a>, from the Assemblage collection, is made.</em>
Decon-Contour-Lynn-Ring-1 We started the design with a free paper folding session. From all the folding options, we chose a few that worked best for us. After narrowing them down we chose the option that we thought would look great, and could be incorporated into a desirable ring. Decon-Contour-Lynn-Ring-2 We opened the chosen 3D folded pieces and flattened it
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