So much for hiding everything behind closed doors. Even die-hard hoarders may be forgiven for falling for these ravishing glass-walled closets.
Once summer makes its final exit, the nesting instinct takes over. Gone is the search for wide open spaces—in its place, the urge to cozy up inside, amidst warm tones and plush layers.
If you’re going to use a handset with your mobile phone, you might as well choose something with a bit of street cred.
As far as artist statements go, the British artist Gareth Spor has one that can be fairly described as cosmic: “Often fixating on the physics of light, the cosmos, and the geometries of space and time, I work across a diverse range of media to explore the states of wonderment achieved when people contemplate things larger than themselves.” What bibliophiles will undoubtedly find wondrous is one particular vehicle Spor uses to aid him in his explorations.
Comedy was good to Bob Hope. Good enough to allow him to commission John Lautner to design his palatial home in Palm Springs—a concrete and glass wonder, now on the market for the first time at a whopping $50 Million asking price.
Well, who knew darts could look this tempting? Best Made has managed to turn a dart board into a design piece, with a hand-crafted Belgian Darts (also known as Vogelpik) board, made from a slab of basswood and encased in a band of polished brass.
When light fixtures look this dramatic, it’s safe to say that they can no longer be classified as purely lighting.
As far as iconic symbols go, few are visually simpler or wield more power than a cross—which may be one reason designers keep applying it to great effect.
One of the unequivocal hits of the London Design Festival was a table lamp prototype by the Norwegian designer Lars Beller Fjetland, and it’s easy to see why.
Architectural photographer João Morgado, whose work has been previously featured on this site, sent us some images of recent work, including these of the Casa das Artes (House of the Arts) in Miranda do Corvo, Portugal.
The ancient art of hand-embroidered chain stitching and a range of striking contemporary designs meld seamlessly in pillows by Judy Ross Textiles.
Among the new products by British designer Jasper Morrison seen at the London Design Festival recently was a set of cast iron cookware created for the Japanese company Oigen.
“With this pattern i wanted to maintain a hand drawn feeling…a woven illusion,” says Finnish designer Minttu Somervuori, of her arresting, ink-drawn Palmikko fabric illustration, on display at the Habitare convention center during this year’s Helsinki Design Week.
Graphic evidence that the visual panache of Knoll’s Tulip collection hasn’t wilted one bit 60 years after Eero Saarinen set out to rescue tables and chairs from the “slum of legs,” is this vignette by fashion illustrator Izak Zenou.
Swedish designers Mats Broberg & Johan Ridderstråle have given the humble oil lamp a sophisticated contemporary spin with this exquisitely refined series of Patina oil lamps.
The art director Bob Newman, whose resume includes New York Magazine, Real Simple, and Fortune, and whose Newmanology website is a must for print design enthusiasts, suffered a debilitating injury this past spring.
Architectural firm Witherford Watson Mann has won the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize, an annual award recognizing the best in British architecture, for their refurbishment of the 12th Century Astley Castle in Warwickshire, England.
The small Finnish furniture company Habitek was one of the many we became acquainted with recently on our trip to Helsinki for Design Week.
“Most museum seating is linear or forward facing, usually towards the walls where the artwork is hung,” says American designer Richard Shemtov, who countered with UNITY, a wavy, modular seating system created for the Museum of Modern Art’s 10,000 daily visitors.
Any notions about ‘upcycling’ being a desperate attempt at retrofitting can now be dispelled by these genuinely lovely pendant lights, crafted from a primary component of discarded washing machines.