March 22, 2018

10 Emerging Design Studios to Follow on Instagram

Keep your finger on the pulse with these up-and-coming design studios that push the boundaries of materials and craftsmanship. All are exhibiting at MADE, a platform for emerging independent designers, at the Architectural Digest Design Show, open at Pier 94 in New York City through March 25, 2018.

1. Slash Objects

Founded by Arielle Assouline-Lichten, Slash Objects pairs an industrial material made of 100% post-consumer recycled rubber with brass, marble, and concrete to rethink how objects take shape. 

2. Facture Studio

Quincy Ellis, formerly of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, and artist Shoba co-founded Facture Studio to create artful furnishings made of poured resin that experiment with various levels of opacity.

3. Simon Johns Design

The Canadian designer draws inspiration from the vast landscapes and wooded environs around his secluded studio in southern Quebec.

4. Allied Maker

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Fueled by a love of artisanal craft, husband-and-wife duo Ryden and Lanette Rizzo fabricate sophisticated yet simple lighting fixtures in thick gauge brass, solid American hardwoods, and hand-blown glass.

5. Aratani | Fay

Detroit duo Evan Fay and Ayako Aratani creates experimental domestic objects defined by irregular forms and materials. An example is the sculptural Lawless chair, featuring foam ribbons covered in Neoprene that are interwoven through a blackened metal frame. 

6. Michael Felix

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After working in his grandfather’s furniture factory, third generation designer Michael Felix now produces upholstered pieces by hand in Southern California. His Madda Chair was recently featured in “Special Editions: Art + Furniture Show” curated by Lauren Geremia at FOG Design+Art in San Francisco.

7. Christopher Prinz

Based in Omaha and represented by Patrick Parrish Gallery, industrial designer Christopher Prinz pushes material boundaries with furniture made of wrinkled metallics such as copper, brass, and iridescent zinc nickel.


Bari Ziperstein’s fascination with Brutalism, Southern California deserts, and Finnish patterns inform BZIPPY, a ceramic housewares line consisting of totemic vases and beaded jewelry.

9. Stefan Rurak

Exploring the intersection of art and design, Stefan Rurak’s Brooklyn atelier creates evocative furnishings such as the Scarpa table lamps, which mix warm walnut with LEDs that glow through voids of tough hand-cast concrete.

10. Birnam Wood Studio

Aptly described as founder Brecht Gander’s “debris,” Birnam Wood Studio leads a research-driven practice that draws on exploration of aesthetic play. 

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