Tag Archive: Design

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Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost Chair

Posted on October 17th, 2012

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been ten years since design-star Philippe Starck first unveiled his classic Louis Ghost Chair. Starck’s playful — and irreverent — interpretation of the classic Louis XV armchair became an icon of 21st century design, a manifestation of the postmodern aesthetic sensibility. A commercial success as well, the Louis … (More →)

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Object(ing): The Art/Design of Tobias Wong

Posted on October 16th, 2012

Installation view of Object(ing): The Art/Design of Tobias Wong
Photo Courtesy of the Museum of Vancouver

We first became aware of Tobias Wong in 2001 when he famously installed a light bulb inside Philippe Starck’s as yet unreleased Bubble Chair and presented the object, which he titled This is a Lamp, as his own. … (More →)

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Top 5 Modernist Cemetery Designs of All Time

Posted on October 16th, 2012

Kaze-no-Oka Cemetery

5. Kaze-no-Oka Cemetery by Fumihiko Maki (Nakatsu, Oita, Japan)
A quiet place. Here the architect has removed visual noise to make a place of contemplation and light.

San Michele Cemetery

4. San Michele Cemetery by Gian Antonio Selva with extension by David Chipperfield (Venice, Italy)
A strange mirror equivalent to Venice itself, Selva’s … (More →)

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MVRDV: Book Mountain

Posted on October 11th, 2012

There are a few architecture firms whose activities I monitor frequently as they always seem to be involved in innovative projects that transcend the day-to-day operations of the firm. Winy Maas’ MVRDV, one of the most interesting and inventive firms around, has emerged at the forefront of debates surrounding the nature of urbanism and the … (More →)

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Roman and Williams: Things We Made

Posted on October 5th, 2012

The New York based design team Roman and Williams have defined a particular aesthetic sensibility for hotel, restaurant and domestic interiors that has really dominated over the past decade. After getting their start as Hollywood set designers, the husband and wife duo, when actors began clamouring for them to create spaces in their own homes … (More →)

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Opening Ceremony

Posted on September 25th, 2012

Like Colette in Paris and The Corner in Berlin, Opening Ceremony is one of those rare retail emporiums that do far more than just sell wares – they contribute to, and help define, the cultural zeitgeist of the city in which they are located. Founded in 2002 by friends Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, the … (More →)

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Elegantissima

Posted on September 21st, 2012

Princeton Architectural Press has a really exciting fall catalogue full of great new titles tracing the history of design. Earlier this month they released the excellent Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili which traces the career highlights of this influential graphic designer. Fili first made a name for herself as an Art Director … (More →)

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Aspen Magazine: 1965-1971

Posted on September 20th, 2012

I love beautifully designed magazines — my house is completely overrun with the latest issues of my favourite publications. I’m attracted to magazines that push the envelope of design and are interested in the objectness of the periodical, and I’m consistently impressed that the magazine seems to have become a forum for experimentation in typography, … (More →)


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