The Object Society
is a collective of friendly designers
who decided to team up, pool resources, and share knowledge, recognizing that together is better than alone.
New York, New York
Brooklyn, New York
Tired of working in bits, four gents from New York challenged themselves to work with atoms and GothamSmith was born. We recognize that for every moment that passes technology makes manufacturing easier; but just because things can be made faster, that doesn't mean they should be made with less care.
Founded in 2011, AKMD developed out of a thirteen-year friendship and informal design collaboration between Ayush Kasliwal and Mike Dreeben. The two met in Jaipur, India in 1998: What they found was a mutual interest in fine traditional craft practices and how these could inform contemporary design.
Steven Haulenbeek is a Chicago based industrial designer and artist working in the fields of furniture, lighting, accessories, and experimental objects. He received his BA in Sculpture from Hope College in 2002 and an MFA in Designed Objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. In 2007 he founded his design practice, Steven Haulenbeek Design Concepts Inc,. with the interest in experimental, material, and process based design work. His work has been exhibited and published internationally.
USA-OK Industries is a Chicago-based design company working in partnership with local manufacturers to produce affordable, durable furniture with uncompromising comfort. Ray Doeksen is a graduate of Michigan State University. As a Captain in the Army, he served with the 4th Infantry Division in Iraq, and was awarded the Bronze Star.
Leah Ball works out of her studio in Chicago, IL. She divides her time between marbled porcelain ceramic housewares and cast metal jewelry. She has a Design degree from the University of Texas. Originally from the beachside town of Carlsbad, California, Ball's aesthetic foundation is in the patterns and rhythms of the Pacific coast. She likes to work within frameworks and processes that allow for happy accidents and spontaneity.
Anne Pageau is a graphic designer primarily focused on branding for nonprofits and independent businesses. Her line of flasks began at a typography and lettering workshop, when she drew the phrase Liquid Courage for hours on end. All designs are hand-drawn and illustrated, are printed and finished (in Holland, Michigan) to endure a variety of shenanigans, and packaged for discretion.