Studio Murmur is seeking interns for 2013. Interested candidates should submit a portfolio (either online or in PDF format <15MB) of relevant industrial design work that demonstrates a firm understanding of design process including: user-centered research, sketch ideation, model making, orthographic drawings, familiarity with materials and manufacturing processes.
Ideal candidates will demonstrate an excellent command of these software technologies:
Solidworks - Solid modeling, surface modeling and rendering.
Knowledge of woodworking, metal working, cut + sew, hand and power tools is also valuable.
2013 international home +housewares show
We are gearing up for the International Home + Housewares Show that runs March 2-5 at McCormick Place right here in Chicago. We will be debuting the new Salad Zinger with our friends from Zing Anything. There will also be a glimpse of a couple of other new products that will be shipping later in 2013. Come by the south hall, booth #S3256 and say 'hello'. You can also catch a seat on our No.9 sofa which will be on display at the Epricurian booth #S235. We are looking forward to seeing you all there.
online store now open
We have been holed up here in the studio and in the shop over the last months and are excited to tell you about a number of new products and initiatives in 2013.
First off, we have launched an online shop featuring a selection of recent designs and exclusives. These are products that we have carefully stewarded from design through manufacture and so we are excited and proud to be able to share them with you. Among the new offerings are the Halo mirrors and uBahn reading lamp. Both of these are manufactured regional here in the Midwest and currently available directly from us. Discounts apply for architects and industry professionals, so just give us a call to discuss your project.
Also, we'll be at the IHA Home and Housewares Show this winter previewing several new products. Mark your calendars for March 2-5
August saw the opening of Chicago's very first parklet, designed by Studio Murmur and our friends at Moss Design. The result of herculean organizational and fundraising efforts by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, the parklet was permitted and embraced by the city as part of its new Make Way for People program.
The A-ville parklet, semi-permanently installed at the intersection of Clark and Farragut, is one of four in Chicago this year with the hopes that the program will be expanded in coming years. Some expected opposition to the parklet has been witnessed on various blogs, but this is by design. The location and application of these public spaces seeks to directly spark a conversation about how we choose to utilize the public way.
You may notice some familiar materials and colors as our friends at Loll Designs and Intectural also made generous contributions to make the parklet a reality. Stop in and see for yourself or check out the photo set here.
light & reflection
Our Chicago Design Week show went over well and the strong work from our friends at weetu, Strand Design, Bridget Soldan, M26 Studio and Ben Salthouse was all well received by industry, press, and the public alike. We really had a rewarding experience working with these folks and look forward to similar events in the future. Check out the complete Flickr set of pics here.
new products, chicago design week, more...
We've been incredibly busy with some new products and putting together a great show of new work for Chicago Design Week. We're collaborating with friends from weetu, Strand Design, Bridget Soldan and Ben Salthouse and will be featuring bright and shiny new works at 217 N. Carpenter on Monday June 11 and Tuesday June 12 during the Guerrilla Truck Show at Fulton Market.
Also stay tuned for the opening of Chicago's first on-street parklet designed by Studio Murmur and Moss Design. Our friends at EcoAndersonville have done a great job of bringing this project to the city of Chicago. Sponsored in part by Loll Designs and Intectural...you'll be sure to catch us lollygagging on Clark St. this summer.
no.9 collection wins green dot award
Our No.9 Collection (a.k.a. Harbor) has won an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Green Dot Awards. We are honored that this project is being recognized and happy to share the glory with our good friends at Loll Designs, whose commitment to good design and responsible manufacturing made it all possible.
While you were away, we've been hard at work this winter on a great new project with our partner ZingAnything. They are a new Chicago-based company that makes innovative products for infusing beverages and cuisine. We are geting ready to kick things off at the 2012 Home + Housewares Show right here in Chicago next week. We'll be at Booth #3854 so stop by and check out the brand new AquaZinger and CitrusZinger, both designed by Studio Murmur. We will keep you updated via Twitter and Facebook so stay tuned for more details on availability and other new products.
The newest additions to the Harbor Collection for Room&Board are now available in stores and online. There is a 20" side table and a 36" cocktail table, available in all the great Loll colors. Check em out at Room&Board.com
We are happy to announce that our Harbor Collection for Room & Board will be expanded for 2012 to include both a cocktail table and side table. Look for them soon at room&board.com
in the studio: malkmus + jicks
We have been big fans of Stephen Malkmus and Pavement for some time. His post-Pavement solo work and the albums with the Jicks have not only cemented (I know) his position as a star of indie/ alt rock, but shown his continuing brilliance as a fine songwriter. The Jicks albums -including the latest, Mirror Traffic on Matador- and live show have proven that his disjointed and open style works best in a committed group setting.
We were on hand at the Metro for the October 6th date for a healthy dose of Jicks material sprinkled with a few early solo cuts. Fans wanting to hear Pavement tunes were disappointed but no doubt were soothed by the excellent covers of Brandy(Your 're a Fine Girl) and Benny and The Jets.
Started in San Francisco in 2005, PARK(ing) day has spread around the world into an annual event that challenges us to reassess how we utilize our public spaces. Specifically, it focuses on the spaces that we publicly subsidize in order to store private vehicles. In Chicago, Moss Design celebrated this year with a deluxe bicycle service center, planking boulders and impromptu cafe featuring live music. More on PARK(ing) Day here and the Moss Design park here.
in the studio
We are unrepentant Beatles fans at Studio Murmur. So the two nights, afternoon sound checks, pyrotechnics and stadium rock pageantry of Sir Paul's visit to Wrigleyville had considerable impact on our productivity here. Macca continues to dispel any question as to whether the 69-year-old can still hack it. With his command of the "big rock show" format and infallible set-list, the Cute One very much brung it. Thank you, Paul.
Allison Arieff writes in this week's NY Times about local manufacturing. She offers several examples of San Francisco companies and various trade associations that are committed to the success of local manufacturers.
Though some of the examples cited are companies producing non-durable goods (and thus may or may not be included as industrial economic indicators) the point that community-based movements are evolving where federal level policies have fallen short is well stated.
Its the first day of spring and we are happy to see the change in seasons slowly come about. Last week, we attended the Designers Accord Town Hall meeting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and were impressed with the work of Strand Design and their hyper-localized approach to sourcing, manufacturing and selling their own products. More on the Town Hall meeting here....
Our own T.J. Thomas is currently leading a graduate seminar on this very topic at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois - Chicago. The course examines both the perils faced by designers working in the current globalized marketplace and the economic, social and environmental impacts of collaborating with local and regional stakeholders in practice.
Groundhog day brought us record snowfall this year which segued into bitter cold temps. Winner by knockout and still champion....Mother Nature! We did manage to survive and are excited for the upcoming Housewares show next month. Has it been a year already? In other news, we're getting ready to launch our online store later this year so we can offer you direct access to cool Studio Murmur products. We've also got some other product announcements coming up so stay warm and keep your radio dial tuned here.
small round glasses
Historians have concluded that, during the 20th century, most of the advances made in political thought, technology and the arts are attributable to Libra men wearing round glasses. In fact, Le Corbusier, John Lennon and Mahatma Gandhi all have birthdays within one week of each other. There is, however, no indication yet as to which shape, sign or gender may dominate this century. We'll bring you more on this astro-optical phenomenon as it develops.
We had a great holiday season with friends, family, music and lots of snow here by the big lakes. We are charged up and ready to go in the new year and have been working on some exciting new things that will be coming out in 2011. We've got a full plate of furniture, lighting and housewares projects that we can't wait to share with you. Stay tuned here, sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest studio and product news.
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