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The consequences when Ikea trims a board thickness

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 in Eco, Furniture


There’s an interesting piece here on Gizmodo about Ikea’s decision to alter the thickness of the vertical outer members in its ubiquitous “expedite” shelving. It’s good to see a company like Ikea making small changes to products, knowing that the consequences will be huge when measured in the millions of units sold. Because, consider their impact: “Ikea uses a whopping one percent of the world’s wood supply.” That’s a staggering statistic.

Sinclair SpaceCases at Acorn Toy Shop

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 in Brooklyn, Children, Furniture, Retail, SS&CO projects

I’m really happy to see Spacecases in the window of Acorn Toy Shop on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. Acorn is using them for display and merchandising and is also taking orders for Spacecases from interested customers. So far so good. The orders are coming in and I’m happy this versatile, modular, stacking wood crate system I designed 12 years ago is still chugging along. There are more pictures here. (New photos are coming soon!)

TV on fire on TV on fire on TV

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 in Dysfunction, Furniture, Product

Watching the fire on TV around Christmas Time is a seasonal favorite. When I was a kid my sister and I thought we were very clever and postmodern to put our little TV in the fireplace of our livingroom as some kind of meta statement on how best to view the yule log channel. Well, the above wood burning stove is not a joke, and takes the yule log channel to a whole other level by modeling the fireplace itself on the design of contemporary flat screen TVs. So let’s hear it for the folks behind the Scan 57 for their free standing wood burning stove, though I’m not exactly sure where to begin.

ISS Designs Shelving System

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 in Books, Furniture, Hardware, Interiors, Retail

A friend brought ISS back to my attention. It’s good to remember that it’s out there. I almost spec’d it for a store once. They sent a rep to my office; nice people. It’s a great aluminum extrusion based shelving system with very elegant joinery. Lots of components. Lots of configurations. Check it out here.

Multiplo– modular furniture cushions

I saw this product Multiplo on Treehugger and had to curse a little for the similarity it bears to one of my student projects, Gogo Blocks. Of course I’m not claiming foul play, and I applaud the people at Multiplo for the one thing it takes to make any idea come to life– follow through. They made it happen and their
product totally outshines my student models below…

Fight fire with furniture

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 in Decay, Furniture, Manufacturing, New York


While fires continue to burn and uncontrollably destroy homes in Colorado, the FDNY is preparing to do some controlled burning on New York’s Governor’s Island. According to a New York Times article, the FDNY is conducting burning tests to experiment with venting techniques in an effort to combat accelerated home burning times that the article, and presumably the FDNY, attribute to changes in the materials and flammability of materials used to make furniture today. It’s fascinating to read the complex consequences of the changes in how we make our stuff, but it frustrates me that in an article documenting radical changes to fighting fire caused by our new types of stuff, there is no mention of changing our stuff.

(I by no means wish to undermine what I am certain are some diligent and sincere efforts somewhere to make products less flammable, and I would like to learn about them…)

Max Lamb

Posted on May 6, 2012 in Craft, Furniture, People, Process

I’ve only today learned about Max Lamb. I’m in awe.

The above photo is from his Solids of Revolution project of turned concrete and felt stools.

Sketches from Hugo

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 in Cinema, Featured, Furniture, Illustration


Beautiful set sketches from (the hand or office of?) Dante Ferretti, the great film production designer and long time collaborator of director Martin Scorcese. These from the production of Scorcese’s latest, Hugo. I love the pulley and the bracket detail on the steel column in the first drawing. Can’t wait to see the film. Via the nytimes.

Amerock Stratoline cabinet hardware

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 in Antiques, Furniture, Hardware, Home Improvement

I just totally stumbled on this. Sometimes you have to randomly click page 9 on a google search to get to the good stuff. Check out Stan the Old Hardware Man. He sells discontinued hardware. These cabinet pulls are pretty sweet– the kind of stuff I only see on enameled kitchen pieces being thrown out on mid-western sidewalks.