Design Research

A primer on the pioneering lifestyle store that introduced good design to the people

Before Crate & Barrel and Design Within Reach, there was Design Research, the retail concept widely credited with reinventing furniture shopping by pioneering a lifestyle approach that changed the look of bedrooms and stores from coast to coast. The brainchild of architect Ben Thompson, he founded a new way of decorating and living when he opened his first Design Research store in 1953 in Cambridge, …

Bahdeebahdu

Repurposed and upcycled works of art confront throwaway culture

The Philadelphia-based multi-disciplinary gallery Bahdeebahdu looks to the natural elements of discarded objects to develop works of fine art, sculpture, furniture and one-off projects. Co-founded by interior designer RJ Thornburg, Bahdeebahdu‘s latest exhibition “Other Nature” included his own works alongside those of eight other like-minded artists. While cleaning the area around his country house, Thornburg accumulated a pile of rusted and deteriorated metal debris he …

Jerusalem Jewelery

A multi-layered gold pendant mapping an ancient city

Debuting at the recent 2010 Designboom Mart at ICFF, Knockoutdesign‘s Jerusalem necklace steeps stainless steel coated in 24K gold with topical meaning. The internationally-strewn design collective created the pendant as a representation of the diverse mix of ethnicity, religions and languages found in Jerusalem’s compact Old City area. Composed of three layers based on the Old City map, the top layer displays the boundaries of …