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Author: Brandon Baunach

BKLYN Design: ICFFs Pretty Stepchild

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests, Sustainability
BKLYN Design: ICFFs Pretty Stepchild

This past weekend I attended BKLYN Designs, an up-and-coming design conference and expo in Brooklyn with an interior and craft focus. This event is coming a week before ICFF, and is trying to become the front bookend to the gargantuan ICFF events that will start this Saturday. The work had — Continue reading

Hayon and Wanders at Milan Design Week 2008

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
Hayon and Wanders at Milan Design Week 2008

With all the Earth Day events and green hype, have we forgotten about the world’s largest furniture fair that just occurred last week in Milan? It was amazing. I have to thank Kay from Wallpaper Magazine for providing hundreds of photos of the show for me and all of the — Continue reading

I’ve seen a Ghost, and it’s fantastic!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
I’ve seen a Ghost, and it’s fantastic!

Finally, the Milan Salone del Mobile has come around again, and with it brings all the fantastical chairs from design houses all over the world. One chair that has received enormous buzz (with good reason) is the Ghost Chair by Drift, a Dutch Design Collective. The chair as you can — Continue reading

Residential Starchitects on the Rise in New York

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Fashion + Trends, News + Events + Contests
Residential Starchitects on the Rise in New York

I wanted to make quick reference to a fun article in this week’s Sunday New York Times called "Nice Tower! Who’s Your Architect?".  It’s about the new trend in residential New York "starchitecture". I still haven’t made up my mind if it’s a blessing or a curse to have residential — Continue reading

Reader Challenge: Minimalist or Baroque?

Categories: News + Events + Contests
Reader Challenge: Minimalist or Baroque?

Bretz Sofas: Ugly or Beautiful- You be the judge. About 8 months ago, I wrote a post on Bretz Sofas titled: " Bretz Sofas: Quite Possibly The Ugliest Sofas Ever Made". The title, admittedly, is loaded. You know that I’m not going to give these sofas a chance by the — Continue reading

Milan’s Zona Tortona

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Milan’s Zona Tortona

Tamawa Watch will be displayed at the Zona Tortona April, if you are a design freak, means Milan’s Salone di Mobile which is the world’s largest furniture and interior design fair. But as big and as important as the fair is, more and more of the hipster crowd forgo the — Continue reading

The Design Tokujin Yoshioka

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, News + Events + Contests
The Design Tokujin Yoshioka

Tokujin Yoshioka is a designer that I am not extremely familiar with, but in 2007 he was named Design Miami’s Designer of the Year, and in 2008 he was named best furniture designer of the year in the Wallpaper Design Awards.  So when I started to explore his work it — Continue reading

One From Wallpaper’s Design Awards: Cubic Meter Shelving by Arik Levy

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
One From Wallpaper’s Design Awards: Cubic Meter Shelving by Arik Levy

Wallpaper recently came out with their design awards issue, and one piece that just immediately popped out at me was the One Square Meter by Arik Levy. This piece is one in a treasure trove of Mr. Levy’s pieces that shows true genius. It is a modular shelving system that — Continue reading

Design Publishers of Note

Categories: Art + Graphics
Design Publishers of Note

Recently, I’ve been contacted by a number of design publishers to review their books. This has really exposed my naive take on design books. Two weeks ago, if you asked me to name a design publisher I would have said something like Phaidon, Rizzoli, or even Chronicle Books. But today, — Continue reading

2 Works by Daniel Rohr

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
2 Works by Daniel Rohr

I’ve recently been exploring BlickFang. I have no idea what the word Blickfang means, but what Blickfang is it’s a collective of up and coming Central European designers who travel to a number of the international design fairs. With its own very distinctive charm BLICKFANG presents innovative design made in — Continue reading

Mater: Beautiful, Ethical Design

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Mater: Beautiful, Ethical Design

Mater is a Copenhagen based luxury housewares company founded in 2007 that has been praised for their commitment to ethical workplace conditions. Mater is a strong balance between ethics and aesthetics. I, admittedly, look at the aesthetics before I even consider how the piece is made. I just want that — Continue reading

Is Gold The New Black?

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Is Gold The New Black?

Over the past year at DesignCrack.com, I’ve made it my business to cover beautiful and high-concept design objects. Basically, what I do is dig through all the international design shows, student exhibitions, and design forums to find the most fabulous objects of desire. After I find the objects I simply — Continue reading

OKAY Studio: A Fabulous New Design Collective

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
OKAY Studio: A Fabulous New Design Collective

I was recently compiling a master list of London Design Links with an emphasis on furniture and interior design when I came upon one of the freshest design collectives I’ve seen in weeks. The Collective is called OKAY Studio. There are seven members in the collective all of which took — Continue reading

DesignGuide.tv Brings Cutting Edge Design in Easily Digestible Video Chunks

Categories: News + Events + Contests

In my ever expanding quest to find quality videos of cutting edge designs and designers I’ve stumbled upon the work of a website called designguide.tv. It’s really not clear as to who produces these videos, but from what I can gather the videos are made by a guy named Robert — Continue reading

Odds and Ends at the Edge of Sleep Deprivation

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Odds and Ends at the Edge of Sleep Deprivation

I normally post on Wednesday afternoons, but this Wednesday I had a particularly interesting call: it was my wife calling to tell me that she was in labor. 10 hours later I became a dad. Since then, my wife and I have been sleep deprived to the point of exhaustion — Continue reading

Another Tokyo Design Week in the Books

Categories: News + Events + Contests
Another Tokyo Design Week in the Books

The Tokyo Design Week, which basically runs from October 31st to November 4th, is so hard to keep track of and massive that you wonder how anybody makes it to these events. Not to mention, Tokyo Design Week is only a few weeks after the gargantuan London Design Week. The — Continue reading

How To Discover the Latest Design Trends

Categories: DIY + How To, Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
How To Discover the Latest Design Trends

One of my favorite pastimes is data mining design. It’s a labor intensive hobby, but one that I get great enjoyment out of. So, what is data mining design? It’s basically scouring the world for new designers and design trends. Do you ever wonder how design blogs come up with — Continue reading

Joshua Prince-Ramus at the TED Conference (and some other stuff, too!)

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends, News + Events + Contests

I’m hoping to expose the reader today to some of the far edges of design while maintaining the context that I originally set out to explore: Dutch and English Design. If you have not been following, I’ve loosely based my posts around the interesting stuff coming out of design schools — Continue reading

A New Collection From Council Design

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
A New Collection From Council Design

This week, I’ve decided to change focus from Design Crack‘s Design in the Netherlands and Great Britain, and come back to my home town of San Francisco. A friend of mine, Derek Chen, has introduced an ambitious new collection of furniture at this year’s ICFF which include a number of — Continue reading

Function Tiles: Dutch Design Concept that Deserves its Due

Categories: Art + Graphics
Function Tiles: Dutch Design Concept that Deserves its Due

Function Tiles is an oldie but a goodie. It’s a tile system from 1997 by Droog Designers Peter van der Jagt, Erik-Jan Kwakkel, and Arnout Visser that makes the tiles work more functionally, thus the name “Function Tiles”. The concept is brilliant. That is, getting more out of your shower — Continue reading