Inspired by the historical sacredness of totems, Allied Maker presented an illuminating set of three large totem fixtures created in stone, glass, and wood that honor the connection between makers and materials. The Coast Studio balances form and weight with a new lighting series called Either/Or, named after the book by Søren Kierkegaard and consists of three lamps for nightstands, tables, and floors. The fixtures spark an interplay between user and object: touch controls the lighting but because of the design, the light responds back by rocking back and forth like a cradle.
<a href="https://design-milk.com/collective-designs-collective-concept-showcases-13-featured-designers/crosby-studios-x-opening-ceremony_00000/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/Crosby-Studios-x-Opening-Ceremony_00000-810x576.jpg" alt="Collective Design’s Collective Concept Showcased 13 Featured Designers" /></a> Every year, <a href="https://collectivedesignfair.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Collective Design</a> curates a group of contemporary designers to reveal their latest works and ideas. This year’s curation, collectively debuted as <a href="https://collectivedesignfair.com/icff.html" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Collective Concept</a>, featured 13 designers: Allied Maker, The Coast, Coil + Drift, Crosby Studios x Opening Ceremony, Farrah Sit, Fort Standard, GRADUAL, Jeff Martin Joinery, Moonish, Rhyme, Slash Objects, Vipp, and Wallpaper Projects.
Glass is blown into the cork molds filling the negative space as it expands and as the molds are removed, oxygen seeps in between the materials causing the surface of the cork to catch fire, thereby destroying the mold in the process. The finished piece isn’t revealed until it’s excavated from the cork so they never know what they’re going to get. The one-of-a-kind results resemble the textures found on mountain, glaciers, rocks, and glacier pools as if they were “hurled into outer space.”
<a href="https://design-milk.com/excavated-vessels-by-jeff-martin-joinery/excavated-vessels-jeff-martin-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Excavated-Vessels-Jeff-Martin-0-810x538.jpg" alt="Excavated Vessels by Jeff Martin Joinery" /></a> While we’ve previously featured the work of <a href="http://jeffmartinjoinery.ca/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Jeff Martin Joinery</a>, we’ve only seen his beautiful wooden furniture pieces. Now, the designer is exploring new mediums using scrap materials as inspiration in a series called <a href="http://jeffmartinjoinery.ca/EXCAVATED-VESSELS" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Excavated Vessels</a>. The blown glass vessels are made using remnants from their cork casting processes used in the production of their furniture and mirrors.
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Jeff Martin Joinery is a studio practice that works with many other machinists, fabricators, finishers, and local suppliers to create a collaborative body of work. Rather than just create pieces, they aim to explore underlying reasons of why objects are the way they are, rather than just their shape. While studying in school, Steven fell in love with classic designers’ work, such as Eames, Nelson, Bertoia, etc. Being in Holland, Michigan, Steven was heavily influenced by American design and furniture manufacturing. As a result, he began with large-scale steel sculpture and quickly expanded into functional objects for the home. Both Jeff and Steven focus on sculptural work that’s not only functional, but
<a href="http://design-milk.com/jeff-martin-joinery-and-steven-haulenbeek-together-at-icff/jeffmartinstudio-_dsc1060/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/05/JeffMartinStudio-_DSC1060-810x538.jpg" alt="Jeff Martin Joinery and Steven Haulenbeek: Together at ICFF" /></a> <a href="http://jeffmartinjoinery.ca/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Jeff Martin Joinery</a> is teaming up with artist and designer <a href="http://www.stevenhaulenbeek.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Steven Haulenbeek</a> to present their work at ICFF. Jeff Martin Joinery spends half his time in East Vancouver and Gulf Islands, while Steven is based in Chicago, Illinois.
Vancouver-based Jeff Martin began by building wooden surfboards. After his future wife suggested he build some furniture for their house, he took the leap and found he really loved it and soon, Jeff Martin Joinery was born. Most importantly, he builds all his pieces using solid, domestic wood that’s all been harvested from responsible sources, like fallen or sick trees.
This type of wood is some of the most expensive wood that can be bought so Martin often chooses pieces with flaws. Those flaws end up becoming some of the most beautiful details in the finished products. Whether it’s removing shapes from the tabletops and inlaying them with patched pieces of wood or metal, or finding some way to highlight the flaws, Martin makes it work. All in all, he builds high quality pieces that are built to last.