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We first became acquainted with this small company back in 2007, while meeting its founder and looking at the prototype for the Mute chair by Mike & Maaike. The founder, Derek Chen, jump started Council in 2006 when questioning the lack of American Design companies representing an array of international designers. As a huge proponent of American Design, for nearly 20 years, the clan at MGS has kept the finger on the pulse of Council. You too will find some interest in the content they are producing.

"Design aficionados rarely have any difficulty spotting Scandinavian design, Italian design, and American mid-century classics. But what is modern American design? We think we have found it in the way we curate our collection. The collection itself is a melting pot of pieces by designers from around the world. Council pieces are equally at home with American and European design classics, but we think they express a uniquely American point of view."

This kind of melting pot collection keeps things interesting and avoids monotony. This holds true for the stable of designers, use of materials, and overall aesthetic. And their commitment to making responsible production choices through materials and local production (San Francisco) is to be applauded.

Basik - a desk by Karim Rashid that does not look like it is by Karim Rashid, agree? This beauty of a small desk evokes the feeling of levitating wood that supported by a white tubular base. At 44" wide, it offers two drawers and wire management to keep the clean look as needed. The Careem chair in this pic is by Karim as well.

Twig - a newly launched pieced by San Francisco designer, Chad Wright. This mixed material chair combines human-made with nature for a light looking end result. It is offered in several variations including an outdoor version.....and it stacks.

Geo Dining Table - Designed by the internationally known Arik Levy / 2008. This MGS favorite takes one material (solid wood) and combines mixes it with some craftsmanship to end up with a modern table in form. The top view really tells the tale.

Drake chair - designed by One & Co. / 2009. This chairs bulldog stance assures the end user that it is not gonna budge when sat upon. A curvy creature that is made up of a welded metal frame and an array of of powder coated colors. An indoor version comes with thin seat cushions as an option.

Plank - an outdoor lounge chair designed by Eric Pfeiffer / 2012. Made up of weather treated pine planks and a powder coated steel frame, this simple beauty dips its toe into the crafted modern pool. An armed version adds some comfort and more details like the steel support that runs down and across the front of the chair. 

We look forward to seeing more from Council as time ticks and you can keep up on their happenings here at MGS.

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