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For their US launch, COS is celebrating 50 things they love about America, state by state. In the second part of a five-part installment series, we're featuring numbers 11 through 20 of their favourite objects, places, and people. See the whole series here.

11. Connecticut

Jason Miller

Designer Jason Miller has a multi-disciplinary practice, specialising in lighting. His 'Odds & Ends' series creates curved geometric silhouettes that are entirely well-rounded, in their functionality as well as their elegance.

12. Alaska

Mendenhall Ice Caves

Located in Juneau, Alaska, the Mendenhall Ice Caves form a gaping 12-mile cavern below the mammoth Mendenhall glacier — an unseen ethereal world beneath the ice.

13. Tennessee

Drew Tyndell

Drew Tyndell, based in Nashville, combines elements of sculpture, painting and carpentry to create unique collages with wooden blocks. Using bold colours and geometric shapes, the forms come together to create vibrant mosaics.

14. Missouri

Pulitzer Foundation

In the Grand Center neighbourhood of St. Louis, the minimal headquarters of the Pulitzer Foundation was designed by Tadao Ando. Inspired by the paintings of Ellsworth Kelly, the self-taught architect aimed to create a site of 'simple perfection'.

14. Missouri

Pulitzer Foundation

In the Grand Center neighbourhood of St. Louis, the minimal headquarters of the Pulitzer Foundation was designed by Tadao Ando. Inspired by the paintings of Ellsworth Kelly, the self-taught architect aimed to create a site of 'simple perfection'.

16. Nevada

Nick Van Woert

Nevada-born artist Nick van Woert finds inspiration in Yosemite Valley, seeing earthy landscapes contrasted against the textures of modern life. His practice combines historical material with disposable goods in order to examine our cultural fabric.

17. Ohio

Paul Loebach

Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, designer Paul Loebach has a penchant for revising everyday objects. Here, his watering can adopts the familiar design of an oil spout, in what he calls a 'poetic shift of innovation'.

18. New York

Ian Stell

Ian Stell has re-imagined the folding chair with ‘Femten’, his design built from several folding components. The chair can assume different configurations, including being turned inside out.

19. Hawaii

Craig Steely

Craig Steely designed a one-storey concrete home in the Ohia Forest. With a single beam roof and only three supporting walls, the minimal dwelling creates little divide between the man-made and its natural surroundings.

20. Minnesota

Jonathan Muecke

Working in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jonathan Muecke produces sculptures that merge art form and furniture design. The large irregular octagon of ‘Force Field’ deliberately recalls a bed base, exploring concepts of purpose and re-definition.

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