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10 Emerging Design Studios to Follow on Instagram

Keep your finger on the pulse with these up-and-coming design studios that push the boundaries of materials and craftsmanship. All are exhibiting at MADE, a platform for emerging independent designers, at the Architectural Digest Design Show, open at Pier 94 in New York City through March 25, 2018.

1. Slash Objects

Please visit us @addesignshow for the launch of our Dark Spring collection ???? Link in bio ????March 22-25 // 10am-6pm #ADdesignshow2018 #MADE2018

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Founded by Arielle Assouline-Lichten, Slash Objects pairs an industrial material made of 100% post-consumer recycled rubber with brass, marble, and concrete to rethink how objects take shape. 

2. Facture Studio

Ready for the AD Design show tomorrow! We're showing a new all green collection that uses our shift resin technique. Many thanks to @butchersbloc for all their help! & @readmckendree for awesome ???? @addesignshow #resin #resinfurniture #contemporaryfurniture

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Quincy Ellis, formerly of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, and artist Shoba co-founded Facture Studio to create artful furnishings made of poured resin that experiment with various levels of opacity.

3. Simon Johns Design

Missisquoi 05, one-of-a-kind, available at @celadoncollection in Montreal. Blackened Ash wood, gold plated steel, and found stone. . . . #contemporarydesign #oneofakind #oneofakindfurniture #goldplated #interiordesign #contemporaryfurniture #modernfurniture #canadiandesign #canadianart #bespoke #eastbolton #madeincanada #stonefurniture #stonefurnituredesign #ash

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The Canadian designer draws inspiration from the vast landscapes and wooded environs around his secluded studio in southern Quebec.

4. Allied Maker

Coming soon. Something BIG. Come see our newest work @addesignshow

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Fueled by a love of artisanal craft, husband-and-wife duo Ryden and Lanette Rizzo fabricate sophisticated yet simple lighting fixtures in thick gauge brass, solid American hardwoods, and hand-blown glass.

5. Aratani | Fay

Evan's #lawlesschair; soooo beautiful picture by @gatto21 thank you Clare?#evanfaydesign #aratanifay

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Detroit duo Evan Fay and Ayako Aratani creates experimental domestic objects defined by irregular forms and materials. An example is the sculptural Lawless chair, featuring foam ribbons covered in Neoprene that are interwoven through a blackened metal frame. 

6. Michael Felix

In transit — Photo @process.visual @jamie_parkhurst

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After working in his grandfather’s furniture factory, third generation designer Michael Felix now produces upholstered pieces by hand in Southern California. His Madda Chair was recently featured in “Special Editions: Art + Furniture Show” curated by Lauren Geremia at FOG Design+Art in San Francisco.

7. Christopher Prinz

COME SEE how this lil tinfoil / magic marker model scales up to life size!! Starting tomorrow at the Architectural Digest Design show! Find us at booth M505! 10AM - 6PM Thurs - Sun. Piers 92 & 94, NY, NY!!! @addesignshow @patrick_parrish_gallery

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Based in Omaha and represented by Patrick Parrish Gallery, industrial designer Christopher Prinz pushes material boundaries with furniture made of wrinkled metallics such as copper, brass, and iridescent zinc nickel.


Debuting tomorrow at the @addesignshow with booth mate @michaelfelix - in the MADE section M210 - come by to say hello to your sunny Cali friends in this snowy NYC. Here till Sunday! . . Email for our latest line sheet and pricing. All works on display are for sale, we don’t want to ship anything back. You hear me NYC?!?! . . Flowers by the incredible @marisacompetello @metafloranyc !

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Bari Ziperstein’s fascination with Brutalism, Southern California deserts, and Finnish patterns inform BZIPPY, a ceramic housewares line consisting of totemic vases and beaded jewelry.

9. Stefan Rurak

36” #scarpalight with concrete dimmer dial, photo by @johnnyfogg . . . . #walnut #wood #customlighting #castconcrete #concretelight #solidwood #ledlights #led #bespokefurniture #customfurniture #custom #bespoke #handmadefurniture #brooklyn #concretedimmerdial

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Exploring the intersection of art and design, Stefan Rurak’s Brooklyn atelier creates evocative furnishings such as the Scarpa table lamps, which mix warm walnut with LEDs that glow through voids of tough hand-cast concrete.

10. Birnam Wood Studio

Cloud Bed One. Who is ready to commission the next iteration of floatation? Silicone cloudlets on bleached maple. For lounging, laying, & seating.

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Aptly described as founder Brecht Gander’s “debris,” Birnam Wood Studio leads a research-driven practice that draws on exploration of aesthetic play. 

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