Design: BRANN Pendant Lights
Materials: Bamboo veneer, LED Bulbs, Brass stems and canopies
Designer: Jeremy Pickett
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Price Point: $125 (small oval); $150 (small round); $275 (large round); $350 (large oval). Custom lights/prices are available by request.
"The BRANN pendant lights accomplish two goals I set for the project. First, the manufacturing is completely sustainable. The Bamboo veneer (arguably the most sustainable wood product) is finished with a water based, low VOC poly. The LED bulbs are energy efficient and a single bulb can last decades."
"Second, the soft, directional lighting provides excellent mood lighting and the natural bamboo shades evoke a sense of calmness and zen.
The lights are an excellent choice for kitchen islands, bathrooms, gallery space, and home offices."
My workshop and showroom is located on Pier 41 in Red Hook, Brooklyn (once heralded as the "crack capitol of America" and named one of the ten worst neighborhoods in the US by LIFE magazine). Today's Red Hook is a thriving arts and manufacturing community and has been my favorite neighborhood to work in (I've worked in manufacturing zones all across Brooklyn).
I am fortunate to work at the end of the pier, surrounded by the Buttermilk Channel and New York Harbor on three sides. I get to enjoy the fantastic smell and feel of the salt air breezes, unparalleled Statue of Liberty views, and beautiful waterfront sunsets.
This is one of two solid maple workbenches I made for myself when I started making furniture. Its considered an apprentice's rite of passage on becoming a woodworker to make one's own bench. Most of my woodworking is done on this particular bench, while the other one serves a very established role as coffee cart, drawings/paperwork keeper, and a tool resting place.
Here is my showroom/office, which is right next to my workshop. This is where I store my permanent collection, conduct client meetings, and work on my fantasy football drafts. I have one window in the showroom and I purposely placed my desk and chair just in the right spot to snag a view of the Statue of Liberty.
I first became aware of Christian Liagre when I worked as a designer and shop manager for a furniture maker in Greenpoint. There was one interior designer who kept sending over spec sheets of Liagre's furniture asking us to reproduce his work. We weren't interested in being counterfeiters, so we naturally priced our "knock-offs" higher than the originals. But it was obvious why the designer coveted his work. It's beautiful! Liagre always places materials, craft, and design with equal footing. I also admire his ability to go beyond furniture design and step into the role as interior designer or decorator. In my personal life, I'm inclined to ask myself WWLDD? (What Would Larry David Do?), but professionally the question is always WWCLD?
In 1962, world championship motorcycle racing introduced a new class of races for a 50cc (very small, scooter-sized) engine. For five straight years, Honda tweaked the design and formula for its 50cc racers culminating with the 1966 RC116.
This lightweight bike (just 120 pounds) achieved speeds of 105mph and rpms over 21,000, which even by today's measures is unheard of performance. Beyond that, I can easily lose hours staring at the fluid lines of this bike. Backed with outstanding craft, this is one of the finest examples of design that I ever seen.
- 3 finalist entries will be posted on Monday, 9/27 (no voting yet)
- 3 more finalist entries will be posted on Tuesday, 9/28 (no voting yet)
- VOTING BEGINS on Wednesday, 9/29 at 11:30 am EST with an announcement
- VOTING CLOSES on Friday, 10/1 at 5:00 pm EST
- Two winners will be chosen: 1 judge favorite and 1 crowd favorite
- WINNERS ANNOUNCED on Friday