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Designing One of the World’s Most Important Rooms

This has been an important week for the world: The Climate Summit, Ebola, ISIS, Ukraine and Gaza. And it’s all being discussed at the recently refurbished the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarter in NYC.   In between these history-shaping sessions, the UN is open to the touring public, and we highly recommend a […]

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A Few Words with Lars: An Interview on Beller

Today we sit down with Lars Fjetland.  He is the designer and owner of Beller (a recent addition to Austere). Lars and I discuss the pollution problems in Norway, our love of birds, and if it would hurt if i threw one of his designs at him.  Sean Hanratty: Hello, Lars – really excited to […]

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Inside (and Out): Finn Juhl and The Room

Creating a room might look easy on TV, but the initiated from homeowner to shopowner know it can be more puzzle than pleasure. Finn Juhl, a name that stands proudly aside masters like Wegner, Jacobsen, and Hennignsen, solved it in a simple phrase: “from in the inside and out.” Looking at a few of the rooms Juhl […]

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A Bit of Time with Tom of Finland

What can be said about Touko Laaksonen that hasn’t already been said? His artistic output in myriad forms, unleashed over the last 50 or so years has had groundbreaking impact on global culture. His artwork has been censored

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A Finnish Flourish: A Brief History of the Winter War

Three times the size of the Allied landing at Normandy, the Winter War of 1939 was one of the more unique and significant battles of World War II. It pitted the massive Soviet Army against Finland, a country roughly the size of Leningrad (3.5 million people). You might ask why Finland, what did they do? […]

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Retail Beyond: A Look at the Normann Space Copenhagen

(BIAS ALERT!!!!) I have a deep and special love for Danish fashion designer Stine Goya and the Normann Copenhagen brand concept. There is most definitely something special about the new initiative at Normann Space especially if you’re into oversized women’s clothes, cactuses, and gold!!!

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Good Wood Wood

Danish and Scandinavian fashion, which traditionally stood for minimalism, clean aesthetics, and crisp tailoring, found itself reinvented by an urban, cheeky and self-referencing brand…Wood Wood. Here’s their story.

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The Building of Byrdcliffe

Two hours and some change north and slightly west of Manhattan, lies an area of land diverse in its geography, rich in

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Audio Aesthete: A Look at Charles Damga & UNO NYC

At Austere, we don’t write about music as much as we should sometimes. We honor design and designers, but we are always taken by anyone who through sheer force of will creates a new reality in their eyes and of their design. Charles Damga and his UNO NYC is one of those people, like an […]

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On Furniture Design with Lars Hofsjö

Lars Hofsjö is a Stockholm based Industrial Designer, he designs under his namesake Hofsjö. His style mixes elements of older swedish traditions with a noticeably modern and ergonomic

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History On: Ismo Hölttö

Stumbling on the works of Ismo Hölttö feels like discovering the Finnish equilvalent of Robert Frank’s The Americans. Hölttö’s subject matter frequently deals with a rural solemnity that has just a touch of spirit and humor. It also reflects the fringes of society in the midst of a cultural change.  Ismo Hölttö was born in 1940 in Finland. Although […]

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On Process: Talking Transparency with People People

In our age of “ubiquitous computing,” technology has gone microscopic, and music has follow suit, becoming almost invisible—it often rides in out of sight on a wireless signal, streaming from a phone or a computer to the nearest headphones. Speakers though, like batteries,  seem to be a niggling exception to Moore’s Law: they’ve remained obstinately […]

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A Few Minutes with Richmond Burton

The nutshell version of Richmond Burton’s story is the stuff of art world legend: young artist hits all the right notes, receives mass acclaim, then…

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Where To Stick Your Gum In Vancouver?

As part of Douglas Coupland’s new exhibition, everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, the Vancouver Art Gallery has commissioned a site-specific public

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On Designer: Isabel Wilson

You can’t get much further outside the box when it comes to Isabel Wilson’s uber unique textile designs. Optical illusions,

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Baby Boxes: A Brief History of Finnish Maternity Packs

Finns leading happy lives is not due to the fact that they have the most saunas per capita. Their satisfied lives are due to programs like the one that gives every Finnish baby the chance to sleep in a cardboard box; the box (maternity package) is a gift offered to all expectant mothers from the […]

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The Fabled Cairns of Woodstock

While driving along the bridge over the Mill Stream a few weeks back, I noticed a bike thrown haphazardly in the path leading down to the stream. Nothing curious about this, but then I saw him. A young, bearded man, who, even from a few hundred yards away, was very clearly meditating on the shale-y […]

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On Designer: Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

Jordy van den Nieuwendijk is an artist and designer based in The Hague in the Netherlands. In April 2014, he traveled nearly 9000 kilometers away from home to participate in a project called The Jaunt in Los Angeles.

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July 10th Austere x Aesop Retail Walk

Austere is proud to announce our inclusion in Design East of LaBrea’s New Downtown Retail Walk. It will be hosted by one of our favorite Angelenos Alissa Walker – you might remember her from our Austere x Chair event a few weeks ago.  The walk will make its first stop at Austere at 7pm and […]

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Austere’s Scandinavian Picks for The 4th!

We will be the first to admit that the 4th of July isn’t the most Austere of holidays. But all the same we get moved by the spirit of hot dogs, fireworks and just hanging outside.  Shop Austere’s spirited Red, White, and Blue Picks!            HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY FROM AUSTERE  […]

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A History of Hermann Glöckner

In addition to the countless voices suppressed during the Soviet reign of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), visual works considered too avant-garde or…

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On Designer: Cassie Griffin

Disclaimer: This article is 100% biased in the subject’s favor. Cassie Griffin is one of my favorite people

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On Process: Lith Lith Ludin

We are constantly told that living a balanced life leads to happiness and fulfillment. If you are working too hard, you should relax and take time to do something that brings you joy or spend time with loved

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On Design: Carl Hansen and Søn + Video

It’s design studios like Carl Hansen & Søn that turn residences into homes. Carl Hansen opened up shop in Odense, Denmark, in 1908. From the studio’s inception, it made a commitment to making superior yet accessible furniture. Carl Hansen’s philosophy to production looks to outstanding craftsmanship and rational serial production, which creates quality furniture at a […]

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On Process: The Fondue Slippers

On Mondays at Austere we like to turn our attention to process – how things are made, what they are made of, and the inspiration for their designs. It seems a nice way to start the week and really focus in. Just yesterday I happened to stumble upon one of the crazier processes I have seen in […]

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A Special Midsummer Video

Today honors the special day of Midsummer in Sweden. It is a time of picnics, games, a bit of drinking and good fun. In honor of this very Scandinavian day we wanted to post this humorous take on Midsummer gatherings. We apologize for the quality of the video, but we find it sums up the day rather […]

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Moondog Over Manhattan

Characters like Moondog shaped New York into a place of intrigue. Moondog was a blind composer, musician, cosmologist, poet…

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FIKA Bar & Kitchen

For all the noise London locals have been making over the “shoreditchification” of the eponymous London