Design's Next Wave: 8 New Brands to Know

With breakout collections ranging from high-end furniture to handmade office supplies, these forward-looking firms from around the globe are reinventing more than just your home decor. Plus: Check out the best design books of the year.

December 2013 / Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Made in Ratio

Ambitious, futuristic, practical—the new line of mass-produced furniture is a utilitarian departure for Tasmanian designer Brodie Neill, who is better known for wildly innovative, wildly impractical pieces like sculptural 600-pound glass loungers than for anything you can actually sit on. As the line's name suggests, it's a balancing act. Neill calls it an "experimental platform" that he hopes will prove his own marketability. Exhibit A: the Cowrie chair ($3,900), made from a single piece of plywood curved into a sultry shell-like seat.

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