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Process: making an Eames Lounge Chair

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Furniture, graphic design, Manufacturing, Process

Belgian graphic designer and blogger Veerle Pieters has a great piece on her site about the making of an Eames Lounge Chair. Well done. Tx Veerle!

Via KR

Building slump closes a whole town

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Architecture, Business, Home Improvement, Manufacturing

This article in msnbc.com reports on how the housing slump slowed construction, slowing sales of USG brand Sheetrock, forcing the shutdown of one of its plants, thus closing an entire town in Neveda. An entire zip code will be discontinued. Wild.

Modern track laying tech

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Manufacturing, Process, Transportation

A friend passed along this incredible video of how mechanized railroad track laying occurs these days. Amazing. Watch the video here.

McNally Jackson prints books on demand

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 in Books, Manufacturing, New York, Tech


Am I late to the party here? I just noticed today that McNally Jackson on Spring St has a mega gizmo in store that prints high quality paperbacks on demand in minutes. Can be anything from the public domain. Or your own work– and they’ve got a design team ready to help with everything from cover art to typesetting. Um– whoa!?! How cool is that? Well, that’s one way to fight the Kindle. Read more…

Follow the yellow brick road layer (from Holland of course)

Posted on May 30, 2011 in Manufacturing, Tools, Transportation

A friend sent me this video. It’s kind of unbelievable. It’s like a big brick road zipper. Amazing.

Nitto factory tour

Posted on May 26, 2011 in Cycling, Manufacturing

Online bikestore Tokyo Fixed Gear has a great post with excellent photos from their tour of Japanese bike parts and accessories manufacturer, Nitto. Beautiful stuff! See the whole thing here…

ICFF 2011, Best of

Posted on May 16, 2011 in Furniture, Manufacturing


There was some good work at ICFF this year. Not a lot, but some. But I definitely saw stuff that excited me. Here’s my best of. And I am deliberately starting with what I found most memorable and that is the work from O and G Studio in Rhode Island. These guys are doing beautiful traditional chairs and elements with proper and maybe even stronger joinery but with modern colors. I love that Atlantic Lowback chair. Beautiful proportions. It’s the real deal. In fact I saw a lot of traditional approaches and care for wood joinery at the show, seemingly all of it coming from former RISD students. Strong work. Regrettably I didn’t take pictures of any of it. There was good student work from University of Oregon. And then bits and pieces strewn throughout from many others. If you see something and need to know what it is, email me.

Nice bag

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 in Manufacturing, Product


The Summit Pack by Frost River Reliable Softgoods. Simple, iconic design. Affordable. American made in Duluth, Minnesota.

Edwin B. Stimpson Co., vintage catalog art

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 in Brooklyn, History, Illustration, Manufacturing, Tools

Via Emilie Baltz, Scanning Around with Gene at CreativePro.com posted some amazing images from the Stimpson Company‘s catalog. Check it out…

Ed Morris calls for more sustainable publishing


Friend and colleague Ed Morris of Canary Project has a piece in Metropolis online calling for more sustainable practices in the publishing industry and giving some examples and suggestions. The above image is from the back of Green Patriot Posters, a collection of posters promoting awareness and action on climate change that he and Dmitri Siegel published last year (and to which I contributed some work). The Green Patriot book was itself a strong effort to print more sustainably as its back cover indicates. Ed is a great voice for environmental awareness and I hope the powers that be in the paper publishing industry are listening. With costs for digital production means down and costs for traditional printing rising, it’s their game to lose.