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• Designer: Kenn Archibald
• Your Link: Archibald-Designs.com
• Location: Fort Collins, CO
• Title: Hello Block Shelving
• Materials: Painted Medex, FSC-Certified Cherry, Maple, Walnut and White Oak
• Price Point: Painted: $70/unit; Cherry, Maple, Oak: $135/unit; Walnut: $170/unit
Description: Say Hello to a versatile modular design that offers a wide variety of furniture options. Made entirely from sustainable materials and built and finished by hand, the Hello Blocks are sold individually, so you can mix and match colors and woods, buy as as few or as many as you like, and easily expand your collection down the road.
The Hello Blocks can be used individually as side tables, stools, or pedestals, or they can be grouped to create coffee tables and benches. You can stack the hello blocks in an infinite number of arrangements to create beautifully patterned book or display shelves, room dividers, cubbies, etc. With absolutely no tools necessary, you can arrange and re-arrange the Hello Blocks to suite any space or whim.
Wood blocks are available in Forest Stewardship Council certified Cherry, Maple, White Oak, or Walnut. Painted blocks come in four standard VOC-free paint colors: White, Moss, Berry (all pictured), and Lagoon (wall color in photo). A full spectrum of custom colors is also available.
• Favorite Designer: Charles and Ray Eames: While it might seem obvious that a furniture designer would pick Charles and Ray Eames as his favorite designers, I base my decision not on the merits of their objects alone, but also on their philosophy of design and life in general. The Eamses continuously pushed the boundaries of what defines a designer. The playfulness inherent in their approach to design (they almost left the design world to join the circus in the 1940s) as well as their constant exploration of materials, techniques, and forms have lead to the creation of some of the best known designs in the world. From their iconic molded plywood and fiberglass chairs, to their fascinating exhibition designs and awe-inspiring films, the Easmes not only created beautiful objects but also helped revolutionize the ways we think about design's place in the modern world.
• Favorite Design: Braun SK4 Phonosuper (1956) by Dieter Rams and Hans Gugelot: At a time when electronics were quickly becoming objects designed for their function and not for their beauty and made to be hidden away in consoles and cabinets, Rams and Gugelot were able merge the outmoded idea of radios and phonographs as pieces of furniture — beautiful in their own right — with modern materials and a distinct streamlined aesthetic. Every part of the Phonosuper was carefully considered both for its function and style. There were no bells and whistles, just pure function distilled into a single sophisticated object, beautiful from any angle.