Craighton Berman has an uncanny grasp on design and humor, blending them together in both his real-life projects and playfully-sketched cartoons showing a different perspective on modernist classics.

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The Barcelona Chair, well, just add wheels. The La-Z-Boy already has age-related associations, so not much work needed on that one. As for the Eames chair as a walker: not really a stretch either, all things considered. We all know designs are never truly timeless, but these illustrations really bring the point home.

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This strip is both crass and critical, but ultimately lighthearted as well – a forward-thinking retrospective on modernism-gone-by (much of which has since been resurrected) drawn for industrial design mag Core77.

Core77 decided to publish a daily newspaper during NYCxDesign—the annual design fair centered around ICFF—and I was asked to contribute daily sketchnotes of my experience. In four 24-hour cycles the team reported, wrote, designed, printed and distributed (via newspaper boxes and newsies) all the latest hot design news and gossip. I roamed around NY with an iPad in hand, and live-illustrated from anywhere I could sit down: the trade show floor, a Houston St. dive bar, a rooftop in Brooklyn—all due for a 10pm deadline.”

“Informed by a background in industrial design and innovation consulting, Craighton’s expertise is bringing ideas to life—both for clients and as self-directed projects. His illustration work captures the spirit of design-sketching to yield a unique style that can be applied to telling stories, shaping new experiences and facilitating conversations. His design practice is focused on running Manual, a home goods brand that creates products for slow living. Manual has independently launched a few dozen products, ran over 15 Kickstarter campaigns, has been featured in Wired & Businessweek, and has been sold through Crate & Barrel, CB2, MCA Chicago, The Cooper Hewitt Shop—and of course “the internet”.”

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More of Berman’s creative cartooning can be found on FueledByCoffee, while his similarly unique, offbeat and reflective product designs (like his coiled power-cord lighting and hybrid trash-can floor lamp) can be seen on his professional portfolio homepage.