Rich, Brilliant, and Willing – Crafting American Design

We have been watching these guys for a few years now – and embrace their overall modern-crafted aesthetic, hands-on approach to getting the design goods made, staying on the radar, and overall modern-crafted aesthetic.

You will have to explore further to get the gist of their company name – good stuff. Based in NYC, these guys seem to be forging ahead in regards to collaborations, projects, and # of outlets in which theirs design goods are carried.

We here at MGS are especially fond of the Excel lamps, Coat Rack, and Channel lamps.

An illuminated metal drum shade, textile covered cord, and oak dowel center support make up this Excel an interesting mix of a light source. H 84” W 32” D 55”

Other size variations are produced as well.

Another interesting mix of materials makes up this sturdy Coat Rack. The “hanger rods” are made up of stainless steel, Delrin, copper tube, and steel tube – while the center maple dowel has a bronze sleeve that connects to the steel tripod base. We dig the thoughtful use and execution of these off the shelf materials.

Part of their new collection, the Channel lamp series is a low energy / high output lamp. A simple form using simple materials like steel, maple, and aluminum make this the one for almost any space. H 14.5” D 6” W 17.5”

Check them out and support American Design.


The Home Front: American Design Now

Consisting of monthly lectures, a designer residency, and a publication put on by MAD / Museum of Arts and Design. This series looks at the state of American Design and is a platform for American designers to form new ways for success locally, nationally, and internationally. Design, retail, education, and business are explored to support success.

MGS has long supported the idea of expanding American Design as whole, and will continue to do so through different outlets, actions, and the business of design.



Less and More – The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams

Through Feb. 20, 2012

One of the most influential industrial designers of our time, Dieter Rams, oversaw the design of more than 500 products during his 40 years at Braun. He set up and headed the design department and carved the way to making Braun a globally recognized German company. His approach to their line of radios, shavers, and household appliances (tools) was considered the typical German approach – thorough, straightforward, clarity, and meaningful.

This iconic exhibition features and array of calculators, kitchen tools, radios, office goods, and audio / visual equipment – all which show the balance of functionality and aesthetics. His modernist approach and functional component of these designs is shown via 200 sketches, prototypes, and original goods.

Rams's Ten Principles of "Good Design"

Good Design Is Innovative— The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.

Good Design Makes a Product Useful—A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product while disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.

Good Design Is Aesthetic—The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products are used every day and have an effect on people and their well-being. Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.

Good Design Makes A Product Understandable—It clarifies the product's structure. Better still, it can make the product clearly express its function by making use of the user's intuition. At best, it is self-explanatory.

Good Design Is Unobtrusive— Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user's self-expression.

Good Design Is Honest— It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept

Good Design Is Long-lasting— It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today's throwaway society.

Good Design Is Thorough Down to the Last Detail—Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.

Good Design Is Environmentally Friendly— Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.

Good Design Is as Little Design as Possible—Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.

MGS was more than excited to view this exhibit having collected goods and inspiration by Rams / Braun for the past 20 years.



Click Clack – The Folle 26 Stapler

A classic Danish industrial design object that has landed itself in the permanent collection of the MOMA, as well as in the hands of many end users. It was designed by Henning Andreasen and has been in production since 1976. We prefer the stainless and black versions and appreciate its overall aesthetic, balance, and weight. And being made of stainless steel, hardened steel, and iron equals years of use.



Dig the Dust – Pan and Broom

This one wins out due to its simplicity, good looks, and functionality factor. Designed in 2002 by Ole Jensen for the Normann Copenhagen company, this pan and brush came about one day as Ole dusted the floor of his studio with a folded newspaper. This production version, made of polypropylene, allows one to tidy up in a precise manner and stores away with the brush in unison.