• Friends with Benefits - Panel Discussion at ICFF 2016

    Posted: May 08 2016


    It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to say that most of the people on this panel count each other as friends first and colleagues second, and much of that goes back to their common beginnings. In 2007, when manufacturer Council was exhibiting its debut collection here at ICFF, designer Brad Ascalon was also making his debut across the floor in the Bernhardt Design ICFF studio exhibition.One year later, designers Harry and Claudia Washington were exhibiting at ICFF as part of a contingent from El Salvador, meeting Derek Chen that year, as well as Jerry Helling of Bernhardt Design, a prominent US design brand that aided in skyrocketing the careers of Harry & Claudia as well as Ascalon. Coleman Gutshall, who came to Bernhardt a few years later has worked intimately with the designers that Bernhardt collaborates with through the company’s many strategic initiatives. As such, Gutshall can attest to...
  • International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2016

    Posted: May 08 2016

      The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is once again upon us. Please come see us in booth #1304 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, May 14-17 2016.
  • BeOriginal Americas

    Posted: Jan 01 2016


    Council is proud to once again participate as a member of BeOriginal Americas, a critically important organization that works tirelessly to protect and promote original design. As a company that finds its greatest pleasure in creating original design, we enjoy standing alongside some of the most prominent leaders in our industry against the copies and knockoffs that harm us and the independent designers who entrust us with their creations.
  • Downtown Design, Dubai, October 2015

    Posted: Oct 15 2015

    As part of a contingent representing San Francisco Design Week, Council was asked to exhibit at Downtown Design Dubai, alongside fellow San Francisco companies Galanter & Jones and Lumio. We were shown great hospitality by our hosts and enjoyed experiencing the culture of the region and meeting local design talent. This was our first introduction to this part of the world, and it's clear we must go back.
  • Design in El Salvador

    Posted: Oct 12 2015

    Council was once again honored to participate in Contempo, the design biennial of El Salvador.  Founder Derek Chen joined designer Mark Thorpe, Claire Pijoulat of Wanted Design, and Sarah and Victor Lytvinenko of Raleigh Denim Workshop for a week of inspiring design, community, and friendship.
  • Working with Morpholio Projects - A Suite of Apps for Creatives

    Posted: Sep 18 2014

    Council is excited to announce that we are featuring pieces from our collection on The Morpholio Project's newest Mood Board app - "Morpholio Board"!  Morpholio is a unique group of applications working to reinvent the creative process for designers, artists and photographers.  Morpholio's apps have been recognized on numerous "Best Apps" lists as well as featured in FastComany, USA Today, ABC News, ArchDaily, Metropolis Magazine, Resource Magazine, Dwell and more. The project has an Advisory Council and a selection of Elite Members made up of notable design professionals and artists from various disciplines across the globe. It draws representation from a wide range of studios, and universities worldwide including both students and professors from Columbia, Harvard, London's Architectural Association, MIT, Princeton, and the School of Visual Arts. Morpholio also collaborates with numerous institutions such as the AIGA, AIAS, ADC, ICP, IIDA and the APA.  
  • Council Partners with Artist Korakrit Arunanondchai for Frieze London

    Posted: Sep 05 2014

     Korakrit Arunanondchai and brother, Ten Arunanondchai, asked Council Design to manufacture an upholstered bench for Korakrit's immersive installation for Carlos Ishikawa Gallery's booth at Frieze London this coming October. The design was created by Ten, who is HTC's Color & Trend specialist, and incorporates fabric printed by Korakrit himself. We're very excited to see the final product in London! Stay tuned for installation shots.
  • Council joins Be Original Americas™

    Posted: Sep 05 2014



    Council is proud to join Be Original Americas™.  As a company whose mission is to bring original design to the market It is an honor to join like-minded people and organizations in support of original design and its

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