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Another Human (Leah Ring)

Another Human (Leah Ring)

 I meet Leah Ring at IDS Vancouver this last year where her work was being featured.  She introduced herself to me like this: "Hi, I am Another Human". While she does design under the moniker, it made me instantly like her. It's an amazing way to introduce yourself (and makes me think I chose a terrible name for my business). Leahs work is unlike anything else. It is colorful, and confident. While her work is often inspired by the Memphis group, but is very much original. It is playful and adventurous. The use of primary colors is a staple....

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Ben Barber Studio

Ben Barber Studio

  Ben Barber is a Vancouver B.C. based Furniture designer.  Ben's work explores the character of shape, emotional resonance in color, and their unique interplay with the chosen materiality. The pairings he creates seem effortless and simple.   His Ellipse Dinning Table, and Pluto table are perfect examples of a very rare design achievement. They are fun and playful while still being luxurious and refined. Very few furniture makers skirt this line successfully, likely because of the difficulty and challenges presented. Both of these tables are very simple in form, but complicated in that they command a room and inspire conversation....

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Meaningful-Objects: 10 Questions with Kari Merkl

Meaningful-Objects: 10 Questions with Kari Merkl

 The first installment of the blog is a conversation with Portland designer Kari Merkl of Merkled Studio.

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