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The Past, Present and Future of Authentic Modern Design

The Past, Present and Future

From producing licensed works by midcentury masters to launching the pieces of today’s brightest stars to helping develop career paths for promising future designers, Design Within Reach is passionate about design – from the past, present and future.

At WantedDesign, DWR will launch the Helix Table by Chris Hardy alongside a showcase of seven designers who we feel represent the design industry’s future. While materials and methods differ, commonalities of smart design, solving old problems in new ways and being relevant to how we live ring true in their works.

Visit the DWR booth to see these items in person:
Helix Coffee Table (2012) Designed by Chris Hardy

Hardy gave Helix an odd number of legs – the coffee table has five – and placed the brass castings to radiate out from the center. The result is an asymmetrical form that looks different from every angle. The cast brass has a natural finish that’s soft and not highly polished. Thick and durable, the glass tabletop is slowly cooled in a kiln to relieve internal stresses after it’s formed. The coffee table is available with a round, square or oval tabletop.

Helix Side Table (2012) Designed by Chris Hardy

Hardy gave Helix an odd number of legs – the side table has three – and placed the brass castings to radiate out from the center. The result is an asymmetrical form that looks different from every angle. The cast brass has a natural finish that’s soft and not highly polished. Thick and durable, the glass tabletop is slowly cooled in a kiln to relieve internal stresses after it’s formed.

Abstract Square and Textured Stripe Pillows (2012) Designed by Tamasyn Gambell

Designer Tamasyn Gambell took inspiration from the colors and feel of tribal textiles and combined it with the shape and simplicity of iconic Bauhaus design. The result is a collection of throw pillows that defy the whims of fashion. The fabric is sourced from one of the last linen mills in Ireland, then printed by Gambell and her team in South London.

Bluff City Pendant (2009) Designed by Jonah Takagi for Roll & Hill

With a nod toward the Memphis movement, Takagi borrowed that American city’s nickname for his Bluff City Pendant. A mix of industrial and refined aesthetics, this pendant features a bulb that is enclosed in a metal cage on the top for ambient lighting and a solid metal shade on the bottom for concentrated downward lighting. Bluff City was nominated for a Dwell magazine Modern World Award in 2011.

Index Tables (2012) Designed by Jonah Takagi for Council

Fashioned using traditional woodworking techniques, Jonah Takagi’s Index Table collection is named for the joint where the leg assembly meets the top. The channel on the underside of the top helps to index the leg and ensure proper placement and attachment. Made from ash wood, it comes in a variety of sizes and colors.

Porter Quilt (2012) Designed by Meg Callahan

An expression of her current interest in the construction and deconstruction of patterns, Meg Callahan’s Porter Quilt is handmade using the “strip quilting” technique, in which large stripes are sewn together and then cut down and rearranged to create a new pattern. The result combines a bold geometric pattern with the warmth of pure cotton.

The Ø Chair (2012) Designed by Asher Israelow

This low-slung leather lounge chair was built for the “urban explorer.” The seat cantilevers past its frame to create a sense of weightlessness, allowing the occupant to experience a sense of floating. Warm walnut wood conjoins with brass rods to create a complex yet minimal construction. In crafting this classic and inviting chair, Asher Israelow was inspired by Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard‐Nielsen’s Ax Chair, as well as the PK22 by Poul Kjaerholm.

Roulé Family (2012–2013) Designed by Pauline Deltour for Discipline

Meaning “turned” or “spun”, the French word roulé refers to the way these pieces are made – from sheets of brass or copper with edges spun outward, creating a compelling visual aesthetic and a clean, minimal shape. Inspired by iconic brass marmalade pots, Roulé plates and bowls are available with a raw finish that will patina over time or with an eco‐friendly Zapon finish that will maintain its shine.

Tea for Two Table (2012) Designed by Pauline Deltour for Discipline

Multifunctionality and material contrast are beautifully expressed in Pauline Deltour’s Tea for Two Table. A rolled copper tray sits upon a mahogany wood table that can also be used as storage. The flexible design embodies Deltour’s fascination with materials and “the possibilities they offer.”

Bubka Coatrack (2011) Designed by Kaschkasch Cologne

The graphic Bubka Coatrack is made from conjoined powder‐coated aluminum piping that simply leans against the wall. Minimal and industrial, it’s design distilled down to its most essential elements. The three pipes are uniquely joined where they meet in the middle, creating an eminently balanced and functional piece.

Industrial Pendant Lamp (2012) Designed by Kaschkasch Cologne

Conceptualized to work singly or in a set of three, Florian Kallus and Sebastian Schneider’s Industrial Lamp combines sleekly shaped hand‐blown glass with the classic warmth of wood. The collection is an expression of the duo’s style, featuring precise lines contributing to geometrically straightforward forms.

Standard Ware (2013) Designed by Fort Standard for 1882 Ltd

The designers looked to the mathematical world – specifically, to fractals – to conceive this bone China drinkware. “As usual, we began our design process with conversation and sketching before making the transition into physical 3-D wood and foam models,” they say of the collection. From there they used a computer to focus on “pushing the fractal idea into the most physically comfortable and functional forms and proportions.”

Brass Bottle Openers (2013) Designed by Fort Standard

These cast brass openers were designed to use a minimal amount of material in forming objects that are not so easily identifiable as bottle openers. As much sculptures as kitchen tools, they’re made of brass cast directly from hand-carved wax molds.

Dry Goods Vessels (2012) Designed by Fort Standard

“We believe that good design is simple and lasting in both its function and material but should also contain a moment of excitement which can be executed in many ways,” say Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings. Intended for use in the kitchen to store dry goods, these dynamic vessels can be used throughout the house. The thin glass canisters are sealed with large cork stoppers that have hand-turned hardwood handles.

Meet the designers:
Chris Hardy

“In my design work, I aim to develop pieces that can be connected with on an emotional level,” says Atlanta‐based industrial designer Chris Hardy. He is “inspired by the challenge of personalization in the modern world, and the increasing desire that we have to own objects that match our own styles and philosophies – in the way that art does.” A graduate of the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hardy made his design debut in 2011 at Salone del Mobile.

Tamasyn Gambell

After graduating from the Royal College of Art and Design in London, textile designer Tamasyn Gambell headed to Paris, where she mastered her trade at couture houses such as Sonia Rykiel and Louis Vuitton. In 2007 she relocated to Stockholm to explore the opposite end of the spectrum, as a print designer for H&M, launching her own company a year later. A true contemporary modernist, Gambell believes that good design and green design go hand in hand. “I use the most eco-friendly materials and processes,” she says, “as I believe that designers have a responsibility to the environment and that being green does not have to compromise style or quality.”

Jonah Takagi

Born in Tokyo and raised in New England, Jonah Takagi earned his bachelor’s degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. He’s spent the last decade designing furniture and playing bass guitar for indie rock bands. Regrettably, being on the road gave him little time to exhibit his furniture. To showcase his growing body of work, he founded Atelier Takagi in 2005. Takagi says of his design approach, “After you create something, you have little to no control over the emotional content that people will attribute to the object, so your best bet is to make it sturdy, make it last and, if you say it is going to do something, make sure it does it well.”

Meg Callahan

Raised in Oklahoma, Meg Callahan studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she explored the importance of handmade objects in contemporary life. “I believe in the value of craft in every step,” she says. She combines the traditional with iconoclastic to create something entirely different. “Exciting design happens at the moment when there is a beautiful blend of following the rules and breaking the rules.” Callahan lives and works in Providence, R.I.

Asher Israelow

Asher Israelow was born in New York City and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with degrees in fine arts and architecture. Back in New York, he currently works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, designing buildings and making furniture. His work “emphasizes a handcrafted and emergent vision of contemporary culture,” with a focus on wood as “an experiment in limitations.” Israelow was an Arts and Style Honoree in Forbes magazine’s 2012 “30 Under 30.”

Pauline Deltour

“For each new project you have to reinvent a process of working. This is what makes every project fresh and exciting,” says French designer Pauline Deltour. “Nothing is taken for granted – you have to question yourself at every step of every project.” Born in Brittany, France, and trained in Germany, Deltour worked for Konstantin Grcic in Munich before opening her own studio in 2009. Her clients include Discipline, Alessi, Muji, Kvadrat and Japan Creative.

KaschKasch Cologne

Kaschkasch was founded in November 2011 by German designers Florian Kallus and Sebastian Schneider. The duo “always tries to achieve the maximum out of the minimum by breaking every idea down to its essential elements,” creating products that are “casual and voguish at the same time.” This accessible yet chic combination has won the duo numerous clients and accolades, including exhibits in Germany, Italy and the U.S., as well as features in publications such as Wallpaper*, Case da Abitare and Surface.

Fort Standard

Fort Standard is a budding design studio founded in 2011 by industrial designers Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings in Brooklyn, New York. Their work reflects their shared vision and progressive design approach, pairing timeless materials with modern processes. Often using traditional methods of production in innovative ways, the designers have developed a style they describe as “warm contemporary.” This duo has garnered numerous accolades, dubbed “designers to watch in 2013” by Metropolis and “agents of change” by Surface.

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