As time allows, we work in our studio on pieces of a smaller scale than the buildings we generally focus on. On the surface these smaller pieces have little in common with our architectural work. In reality, however, they provide us with another way to think about many of the themes and ideas that filter through our buildings. Connections, material properties, possibilities, craftsmanship, form and function all come into play at both scales. In addition, we have a chance for some 'hands-on' making, remembering again the challenges and opportunities that come from the effort to make something that is both thoughtful and well-crafted. These fruit bowls are a recent example, made carefully by hand in our studio from eco-resin and aluminum.
The Echo Stool, a brand new design, was selected as a finalist at the Design Within Reach Providence Studio's annual M+D+F Design Competition. The finalists selected were on exhibition at the studio on April 30th. In describing this event, the DWR press release states: "View the finalists of the Modern + Design + Function competition.
M+D+F 2009 is a juried exhibition of innovative furniture by emerging designers in New England. Organized by the DWR Providence Studio and juried by creative professionals in the design, architecture, art and fashion worlds, M+D+F provides an opportunity for peer, public and professional recognition for up-and-coming designers and firms."
The Echo Stools shown here are the prototypes that were in this exhibition. The taller stool is made from Arreis MDF with an eco-resin seat and stainless steel hardware. The shorter stool is made from solid-black Valchromat MDF with an eco-resin seat and stainless steel hardware. The stools will be available with other base materials as well, including bamboo plywood. The stool bases have a low-VOC, water-based PolyWhey protective coating.
Katerina Tasheva, the editor of DeZona, has posted a feature on the Echo Series and the Prana Table. As it says on their website, "DeZona is an online magazine about contemporary design, trends and concepts, prototypes and products, interior design and architecture, exhibitions, technology and lifestyle. DeZona is for those who want to follow the latest trends. New products, innovative projects and independent critique are daily posted." Here is the direct link: DeZona
Marissa Brassfield from Trend Hunter Magazine has written a review of the Echo Series tables, calling them a "perfect blend of contemporary art deco and eco-friendly sensibilities." (Direct Link: Trend Hunter) Trend Hunter describes itself as "the world's largest community dedicated to trend spotting and cool hunting. We are a unique breed of insatiably curious people, constantly in search of the cutting edge."
Rain Noe has posted a link featuring the Echo Series tables on the Core77 design website. Here is the direct link: Core77. Core77 is an industrial design magazine with an international audience. According to their own description, "Since 1995 Core77.com has served a devoted global audience of industrial designers ranging from students through seasoned professionals."
Erika Chapin, the managing editor of Cribcandy, has posted a link featuring the Echo Series tables (direct link: Cribcandy). Cribcandy is a design blog whose editors describe themselves as follows: "Our editorial policy is to be the alternative to "big box" retail, to champion smaller manufacturers, craftspeople, young designers and sustainable products. Above all, Cribcandy is not about mindless consumerism, but it is still about fun. We constantly scour the web to pick the coolest, most unusual or best designed things as soon as they appear."
This was recently posted by attorney Chuck Newton in Texas: "Whether you are a Third Wave attorney or not, you still need furniture. It might be for your home, your home office, or your out of the home office. You want to be stylish, but we advocate green as well.
Check out the new furniture by Christian Brown Design. It's called the Echo Series because it is made from salvaged wood, reclaimed panels of eco-resin, and stainless steel rods, cap screws, and connector bolts. The 3form panelslevitate above reclaimed wood blocks."
Here is the direct link: chucknewton
The echo series has been posted on the design blog "Contemporist". Here is the direct link: contemporist The Contemporist blog features contemporary furniture, architecture, interiors, and lighting projects. As they write about themselves:
"A Contemporist is someone who appreciates contemporary design.
We are Contemporists!
We focus on architecture, furniture, interior design, lighting and anything else to do with contemporary design."
Christian Brown Design may now be found in the products and services section of the green living website Low Impact Living, www.lowimpactliving.com. The echo series and prana table are featured in the green furniture section of the products listings, and there is a description of architectural services provided by Christian Brown Design listed under the "architects and architectural designers" section of the services listings (search by state). Low Impact Living, which is based in Los Angeles, is committed to reducing the environmental impact of buildings on the eco-system and to helping consumers understand the options available for a greener lifestyle and the impact of these decisions.
The echo series tables has been featured in a great article by Preston Koerner in his green building blog "Jetson Green". Here is the direct link: jetsongreen According to their own description,
"Jetson Green is a daily updated magazine that's obsessed with green building and everything related to it, including sustainable architecture, good design, green prefab, clean technology in the built environment, affordable housing, and eco-friendly development. Our goal is this: to help you become as obsessed with green building as we are. This is a place where curious, open-minded, demanding, entrepreneurial, and innovative readers are welcome."
This is the newest addition to the echo series, echo 7. It is similar to echo 4 but not as tall. Overall dimensions are 16" x 48" x 18". The top is another piece of eco-resin called "linea ochre", 1/2" thick. The linea ochre material is slightly more translucent than some of the other eco-resin material which allows more of the hardware and base to be visible through the top. Eco-resin is manufactured by 3form, http://www.3-form.com, and is available in a wide variety of colors, styles and thicknesses. Echo 7 was commissioned by architectural clients of mine, owners of the Appletree Lane project. Two echo 5 tables and an echo 6 table have just recently shipped to the Shaw Cramer Gallery on Martha's Vineyard where this series has been very well received.
The Echo Series is a new line of green furniture made from salvaged wood and reclaimed panels of eco-resin. The table tops float above sculpted black bases on stainless steel threaded rods, attached with countersunk stainless steel cap screws and connector bolts. These tables are designed to contrast a solid-wood base, which provides a visual anchor, with a thin, light-filtering top. The eco-resin panels are manufactured by 3form and are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. The tops are removable (and therefore also interchangeable) and the tables are easy to ship. The tables shown here have 3/8" thick Bear Grass eco-resin tops.