Blog: DDL

Supported by the John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship we traveling across the entire country, coast to coast, in search of inspiration and adventure in North America’s western deserts. see how the time on the road and collaborations continue to unfold.

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and also in a presentation (by yours truly) at the Furniture Society annual conference in June

Long time no post… but DDL is still alive. This summer was fantastically busy and I haven’t had time to keep up with all that we did and are still doing with this project. Here are some pics from Wendover NV… one of my favorite spots on the trip!

modernmagazine:

MODERN’s Studio Tour with Vivian Beer

Furniture maker Vivian Beer has established a reputation for taking risks. She manipulates a welder the way traditional furniture makers use a hand plane, and her materials of choice are distinctly industrial: stainless steel, concrete, and automotive paint. Beer creates her arresting works in a subterranean studio in manchester, new Hampshire, and her “studio mates” are restorers of classic cars who trade stories over beers in the lounge. the irony of this milieu reflects the wit of Beer’s work—a heady mix of modern and historical, industrial and custom, rough and elegant, masculine and feminine. Beer plays with these stereotypes the same way that she plays with techniques, and the results are eye-popping.
By Lori Ferguson, Winter 2013

Alison Swiatocha photos

After a long wintery mix drive DDL arrives home in NH. Still much more to come as we literally and figuratively unpack in the studio from this amazing adventure! #design #desertdesignlab #furniture #vivianbeer  (at Vivian Beer Studio )

After a long wintery mix drive DDL arrives home in NH. Still much more to come as we literally and figuratively unpack in the studio from this amazing adventure! #design #desertdesignlab #furniture #vivianbeer (at Vivian Beer Studio )

Finished up the active days of Desert Design Lab in Salt Lake City. Saying Bon-voyage to Hannah Vaughan and Jennifer Anderson. Now the long ride home! #desertdesignlab #vivianbeer #art #design  (at Pony Express RV Resort)

Finished up the active days of Desert Design Lab in Salt Lake City. Saying Bon-voyage to Hannah Vaughan and Jennifer Anderson. Now the long ride home! #desertdesignlab #vivianbeer #art #design (at Pony Express RV Resort)

Heading towards Boneville Salt Flats!  (at Great Salt Lake Salt Flats)

Heading towards Boneville Salt Flats! (at Great Salt Lake Salt Flats)

Vivian Beer talks about dry cracked flats and the intersection between people and the natural environment in the desert. #desertdesignlab #vivianbeer #beatty #nevada #furnituredesign #desertart 

Turning expectation upside down with arches of stone overhead in Moab UT. # arches #Moab # desert design lab # Vivian beer # Tanya Aguniga # Hannah Vaughn # art #design # furniture # Furniture Society #penland #anderson ranch #society of arts and crafts (at Arches National Park)

Turning expectation upside down with arches of stone overhead in Moab UT. # arches #Moab # desert design lab # Vivian beer # Tanya Aguniga # Hannah Vaughn # art #design # furniture # Furniture Society #penland #anderson ranch #society of arts and crafts (at Arches National Park)

One of the best things in life… Having a camp fire at night after a fantastic and inspiring day with Tanya and the rest of the DDL crew!!

One of the best things in life… Having a camp fire at night after a fantastic and inspiring day with Tanya and the rest of the DDL crew!!