JOE DOUCET 2017 WINNER OF THE SMITHSONIAN COOPER-HEWITT NATIONAL DESIGN AWARD
We are very pleased to announce that Joe Doucet has received the highest honor in his field by winning the 2017 National Design Award in Product. Given to one individual per category each year, the award is bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. Joe joins an illustrious pantheon of past winners including Jonathan Ive, Yves Behar, Herman Miller and IDEO.
JOE DOUCET FOR SENE
BLUR BAR for CORIAN
Taking inspiration from exploring the spaces where boundaries blur, the DuPont™Corian® Blur Bar is a physical manifestation of the intersection of inside and outside, distance and proximity, and the communal and the exclusive. Made with the new 2016 DuPont™Corian® Colors collection, the 35’ long installation becomes an iconic symbol of the creative thinkers and leaders who are transforming their own industries through mutual intersections.
ALBA DECANTER COLLECTION for NUDE
The Alba Collection (Alba is Gaelic for Scotland) pays respect to the spiritual home of whiskey, Scotland. The elegantly reductive forms are punctuated by hand engraved deconstructed Tartan pattern, reflecting the origin of Whiskies. The set is punctuated by the unique stopper, which leans omnidirectionally. We invite the owner to always point the stopper in the direction of Scotland.
A Tie Collection Designed Specifically for 3D-knitting by Joe Doucet for Thursday Finest.
To illustrate the capabilities of 3D Knitting, Thursday Finest has collaborated with designer Joe Doucet on a unique capsule collection. The collection’s key design element - a bold, single line across the chest - playfully references the tie bar and highlights the potential of this new technology. The tie bar element should always fall between the second and third button of a dress shirt, and as a customer enters their height and knot style, the tie is then printed to always fit perfectly. They are available in 5 designer-recommended colorways, and also any combination of Thursday Finest's 31 colors.
At Thursday Finest, there is no 3rd-generation tailor or 5th-generation tie maker - there’s a Japanese knitting machine. And every time a new order is placed on the company’s website, the knitting machine whirls and beeps into action, making a Merino wool tie to order. Thursday Finest built this new process to enable anyone to purchase knitwear in a granular size that fits their height, and in any color combination they desire. By eschewing the traditional bulk-order manufacturing model for their own micro-factory in Brooklyn, these knit ties are not only sold at a competitive price point but manufactured, packaged and shipped in under an hour.
Because good design should always do some good in the world, a portion of the proceeds for the Joe Doucet x Thursday Finest collection goes to Career Gear, an organization that provides job-specific clothing for men in need. And since every tie is made on-demand, the process is inherently sustainable.
Created in partnership with a Japanese Toji (brewmaster) and North American company, SOTO is one of the finest sakes ever made at its price-point. Brewed in traditional fashion in the Niigata region of Japan, this exception Junmai Daigingo is now available for purchase in the U.S.
COCA COLA 100 YEARS BOTTLE DESIGN
When Surface Magazine asked us to design a response to the iconic Coke bottle for its 100 year anniversary, we were delighted. Our solution and text follow.
When asked to contribute a design celebrating 100 years of the Coke bottle, I was delighted as my earliest relationship with this icon proved pivotal to my future successes. I grew up in what one would call a working-class environment and pocket money was challenging to come by as a child. One of my most coveted indulgences was an ice-cold bottle of Coke, which could be purchased at Luke’s Store in Fordoche, Louisiana for exactly 25¢, including a 5¢ deposit on the glass bottle. At around 7 years old, I learned that if I were to collect just 5 empty bottles and return them, Mr. Luke would hand me a quarter which I could put into the machine and retrieve a new bottle of Coke. I delighted in the fact that I would immediately be 1/5 of the way to purchasing my next bottle once I factored in the nickel the bottle was worth (after I had drained it before even leaving the store). I can vividly recall the weight of the empty bottles I collected, straining against aching arms, and the release I felt handing them over, knowing the reward waiting for my efforts.
The alchemy of turning empty glass into a delightful refreshment using only hard work as my currency was a lesson that has stuck with me and became the starting point for my celebration of the iconic Coke bottle. I chose a block of glass with an idealized version of the form that only becomes truly visible when filled with Coke. A simple, but potent reminder of the lessons of my first entrepreneurial endeavor.
A PEEK INTO THE MORNING ROUTINE OF JOE DOUCET BY HARRY'S
Join the team from Harry's as they follow designer Joe Doucet as he begins his workday. Photos by Brian Ferry. Story by Sean Hotchkiss.
Learning that one in five babies in the USA is born into poverty, Joe Doucet x Partners teamed with American textile giant 1888 Mills to create bundl, a beautiful infant necessities kit that has giving at the heart of its business model. We not only designed the branding, the multifunctional kit and all its contents, but we also consulted on the exclusive bundl™Tencel® fabric, developed the business model, brought in the Project Night Night charity and managed all the partnerships necessary to launch the brand. As business partners, we continue to be involved in all aspects of the business, the brand and its future development.
We were in great company when asked to participate in Vitra's digital campaign. Here are some of the photos. Click here to see the fulll shoot and discover the other participants.
NEW MUSEUM NEW HOME NEW INC
Joe Doucet x Partners believes that innovation cannot happen in isolation. So we're incredibly proud to be working from within The New Museum, whose New Inc programme brings together leading creatives from across a number of disciplines together in one amazing, cross-fertilising, thought-provoking space. It's an exciting work environment that keeps the Joe Doucet team inspired and totally up to date on what's new in a variety of relevant fields, and allows us to collaborate with some of the best, new talents in the US.
LOVERBOY MIRRORS FOR DUNE
Believing that works of art should be transformational, Joe Doucet created his Loverboy series for Dune to do just that. The hand-cut, angled mirror sections don't just reflect their environments, they transform them, revealing views seen from multiple perspectives all at once. The sculptures come in hexagonal or square formats, with clear, grey or bronze mirror colors on solid birch frames.
Loverboy Rectangular: 44.5"w X 5.25"d X 35.75”h
Loverboy Hex: 50"w X 5.25"d X 43.25"h
JUDGING THE WORLD'S BEST DESIGN AWARD
We were very honored to be one of the judges selected for the premiere award in design along with luminaries such as George Beylarian, Eric Chan, David Piscuskas and Kalus Roseburg. An exhausting yet exhilerating endevour seeing and judging the best work our peers have to offer.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW IN WATCH JOURNAL
Had fun talking about my latest hobby, watches. Now I just want to design one.
ROCK ON ANNEX!
Our Annex Tables are featured in the book Objects: Rock On available for sale from Trademark Publishing
CUR CHEESEPLATE AND KNIFE FOR HATCHHUB.
The real challenge of a designer is not in making a beautiful one-off gallery piece, but in tackling the mundane. What could be more banal than a cheese plate? Can you make choices which make it highly appealing, better in function and, very importantly, considerate of manufacturing processes? These questions were the starting point for CUR.
SLING CHAIR FOR MAKER ANONYMOUS
Cross Grain is the first exhibition by the Brooklyn based studio, Maker Anonymous. The show features four furniture designs by designers who remain anonymous. By suppressing the identity of the designers, each piece tells the story of craft, ingenuity, and collaboration that created it. The exhibit is intended to force audiences to focus on the sincerity of the work in both design and execution. Maker Anonymous and these four designers set out to demonstrate that when designers liberate themselves from identity branding, they can freely collaborate on innovative ideas.
SELFIE MIRROR CAMERA FOR NOOKA ZONAL
NOOKA and Marc Thorpe of Marc Thorpe Design have curated an exhibition that brings the revolution of interface design to the tangible world. International designers will contribute to this realization of the NOOKA design philosophy. Taking inspiration from the vedic chakras, we propose 7 zones starting in the human body and extend it to the world. Each designer is assigned a zone and has designed a product that correspond to that zone. The exhibition will be presented at WantedDesign in New York City from May 16–19, 2014. Designers include, Joe Doucet, Luca Nichetto + Lera Moiseeva, Todd Bracher, Rem D Koolhaas, Paul Loebach and Marc Thorpe.
AMERICAN DESIGN IN PARIS
Paris celebrates American design during New York Design Week, an event organized by D’Days, Wanted Design and Gallery Triode. Featured works by independent designers including Bec Britain, Chen Chen & Kay Williams, Joe Doucet, Fort Standard, Frederick McSwain, François Chambard, David Weeks and many others. www.americandesigninparis.fr
FORBES MAGAZINE PROFILE
"Joe Doucet is a living blueprint for the 21st Century Designer" Read the full article here.
ALIGN RUGS FOR ODABASHIAN
This Fab-Exclusive launch marks a powerhouse collaboration between the multidisciplinary design visionary Joe Doucet and one of America’s oldest rug companies, Odabashian. The result is nothing short of remarkable. Joe Doucet’s Align Rug is a major milestone in the brand’s transition into the modern home. Featuring over a million handmade knots, this rug is a masterpiece of precision—with deep, luminous grid lines worth building a room around.
MINIM CARDS FOR AREAWARE
Our wildly popular Minim cards instock and for sale at Ode to Things. $12 per set.
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