Studio Gorm is a young design firm, but their work has been on our radar for a while. We caught their new work this spring at ICFF, and it's right in line with the back-to-basics philosophy that defines many of their projects. Simple but highly thoughtful, their designs combine the elegant functionalism of Shaker style with materials and forms that are 100 percent contemporary. John Arndt & Wonhee Jeong met at the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven, then made the international move from the Netherlands to Oregon. Their studio is located in Eugene, and they exhibited for the first time this year at the New York International Contemporary Furniture Fair. They worked with major firms like Droog and MVRDV before gaining a stronger foothold in the American market.
Arndt and Jeong say they're interested in designing objects "without pretension" and they use a variety of materials, from wood to ceramic to nylon. Historic references appear in their work frequently. "Peg Frame" is a contemporary take on classic Shaker Peg Rail, while "Dowel Chair" uses color to highlight a basic dining chair's dowel joints. To view more of Studio Gorm's work, check them out online.