On August 12, 1982, I opened up a standard 7 1/2" by 9 3/4" composition book and began taking notes on a phone conversation. I forget where the book came from. I may have found it in the supply cabinet of Vignelli Associates, where I had been working for a
The Victoria & Albert Museum was once again a center of activity and specialty commissions during this year's London Design Festival. From mischer'traxler's poetic "Curiosity Cloud," an immersive and interactive kinetic sculpture, to the fantastic treasure hunt for Faye Toogood's cloaks—wrought from a variety of materials and scattered around the
The use of wood is by no means a trend, at least not in the sense that it is a new phenomenon. After all, China has a 7,000-year tradition of sunmao, or mortise-and-tenon joinery, dating back to the late Neolithic era, when it was used in Chinese timber-frame architecture, and
Like every year, the Victoria and Albert Museum is the central hub of the London Design Festival. The longest queue of the day here rewarded visitors with an immersive experience of mischer'traxler's collaboration with champagne brand Perrier-Jouët . Upon approaching the V&A's Norfolk House Music Room on the second
As a new addition to LDF's dedicated design hubs in the city, Somerset House made a notable entrance this year as the home to various exhibitions and events, amongst them Ten Designers in the West Wing, and the winners of the competition Powered by Tweets. The spectacular location on
Occupying the Imperial College Union Building and its leafy courtyard just south of the Royal Albert Hall, scientists, designers and engineers showcased their projects aiming to enhance the basic ingredients for a better life. Research topics included 'Freedom to explore', 'A place to call home', 'Space to create', and 'Health
The fascinating world that is MakerFaire will open its doors in New York City this weekend. Since its founding in San Francisco in 2006, the self-proclaimed "greatest show-and-tell in the world," has been bringing together designers, tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, engineers, science clubs, artists, students—just about any and everyone
Learning at Burning Man starts with the people you meet. Even though jobs aren't normally the topic of conversations on The Playa, I was curious about what people do in the outer world and found out that in just one day, I talked to an astrophysisist, an actress, a nurse
If a continent's infrastructure is its' bones, then Africa is growing up quickly. From 2000 to 2010, six of the ten fastest growing economies were in sub-Saharan Africa, and the region had to accrue new housing, highways, skyscrapers, factories—much of it financed or constructed by China. Who better to build
When thinking of mechanical objects, we don't often consider their beauty as much as their basic utility; bulldozers are rarely described as elegant and table saws are prized more for their ability to effectively cut wood than their grace. Despite this underappreciation, there have been a number of designers who
In true Berlin style - DMY Berlin came back this year for its 13th edition taking over the historic Kraftwerk Berlin. The former industrial plant (previously used to power the eastern regions of Berlin) turned historic techno club.. turned event space housed hundreds of objects, furniture and conceptual design
For those of you who have grown tired of sifting through countless newsletters to find out the local events in architecture and design, today's launch of the New York Architecture Diary will come as great news! The intuitive interface categorizes events and allows you to quickly see what's on
Even as the third annual NYCxDesign festival sees more group exhibitions than ever, it is the permanent showrooms and galleries that have the luxury—and challenge—of trying a different approach. This year, David Alhadeff of The Future Perfect managed to pull off a standout show precisely by focusing on a single
New York Design Week kicks off tomorrow with hundreds of exhibitions, installations, talks, openings and parties lighting up the five boroughs. To help navigate the options, our editors scoured the listings to present a concise guide to this year's festivities. Here's our top 10 picks for New York Design Week
Calling all New York-bound design enterprises – it is time to get your events listed! We are very proud to be cooperating with both NYCxDesign and Metropolis magazine on promoting New York's design events and exhibitions this May. We will again be printing a tidy run of 20,000 maps!
Walking into the Nendo show during Milan Design Week is almost an other-worldly experience. The massive doors of Milan's Museo della Permanente open up onto a great white entryway leading to their single year solo retrospective. Second Floor view of Nendo 2015 has already been an undoubtedly good year for
At Spazio Rossana Orlandi, the grand dame of Italian design had an unusual mix of corporate projects from the likes of Wolf Gordon, Sunbrella and Marimekko to smaller scale works of independent studios and designers crowded into every nook and cranny of the exhibition space. For the first time, the
When the new One World Observatory opens next month, those riding the superfast elevator to the top will get a visual treat. It's lined in HD monitors, presenting the illusion that the elevator is glass; as it first rises from the ground floor, riders see Manhattan as it was in
We're always a sucker for a workshop so when Emeco debuted their new chair designed by Jasper Morrison with a metalsmith, we were curious. Inspired by the woven cane brasserie chairs that dot the sidewalks of Paris, the Alfi collection includes a high back chair, a three-seater bench and low
What if the machines that manufacture our objects could feel? And what if those feelings would effect the final outcome of the objects created? At Spazio Rossana Orlandi, a bastion of experimental and emerging talent, an ongoing collaboration between Sander Wassink and Olivier van Herpt explores that territory with 3D
Inspired by the radical approach of Studio Alchimia in the 1970's, Singapore Design: The Alchemists presents the work of 15 young Singaporean designers who are leveraging technologies, processes and unusual materials to develop, as the co-curator Stefano Casciani posits, "a more contemporary attitude for designing in the global context."
John Bartram had what had to be one of the most unusual jobs in 1700s colonial America. At a time when most of his fellow Quakers were farming, Bartram—who had become interested in botany from a young age—traveled the colonies collecting seeds from various plants. He'd then build boxes, barrels
This is the second part of a two-part recap of the 2014 Good Design Awards; see Part 1 here.While the historic design exhibition represented a museum-worthy look at decades worth of design, this year also saw the debut of the Good Design Japanese Furniture Selection. In the wake of the...
Since 1957, the Good Design Award has taken place in Japan to evaluate, encourage and promote design in industry. The products and services awarded receive a "G-Mark," a note of distinction that apparently has high recognition among the Japanese public: the Japanese Institute of Design promotion states that 86% of...
With three years under its belt, Design Week Portland is starting to take on a clear character. With a central theme as broad (bordering on meaningless) as 'design,' it's natural that every city and organizing body will produce a distinct festival. So far Portland Design Week closely reflects the current...
Portland is a solidly 2D town. We do great graphics, our branding is beautiful, and the interactive design coming out of here is innovative and interesting. Which is really lovely... but leaves us a little lacking in the physical department. Traditional crafts are on the rise, but where are the...
Basic though their purpose may be, water towers have long been a fixture of inhabited areas far and wide, from the brobdingnagian barrels atop NYC edifices (per 19th century ordinance for buildings taller than six stories) to sci-fi-worthy monoliths that rise from landscapes like alien flora. At best, they are...
The Central China Academy of Fine Arts, or CAFA, is easily among the top art schools in China, both for its extremely competitive entrance requirements and its close ties with the government. Originally founded in 1950, the current self-contained campus, established c. 2007, is located in the Wangjing neighborhood in...
The short story of the Caochangdi artist's village is that Ai Weiwei more or less singlehandedly established a creative community in a residential neighborhood on the outskirts of Beijing. The experiment worked, and CCD is now home to dozens of artists and designers, as well as galleries and studios, and...
Our friend Sebastian Errazuriz is out in full force this fall, with not one, not two, but three exhibitions on view at this very moment. He's doubled down with shows here in New York City, where he's based—alas, the uptown half of the bifurcated exhibit Functional Sculpture / Sculptural Furniture...
Photos courtesy of Gallery All unless otherwise noted.A mover-and-shaker in the Chinese creative scene for a decade now, Naihan Li got her start working for Ai Weiwei upon returning to Beijing after completing her studies at London's Bartlett School of Architecture. After subsequently working with various art and design organizations,...
Photography by Brit Leissler for Core77 Designer Martino Gamper guest curated an exhibition presenting a collection of objects from the personal archives of his friends and colleagues at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. His collection, Design is a State of Mind, features a "landscape of shelving options" aimed at sharing...
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