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In Norway, the Journey Is the Destination - The New York Times
A writer finds emotional solace on some of Norway’s scenic remote
roads, which have been transformed into architectural wonders.
architecture  design  norway  travel  nytimes 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Creative Class Hero - Tomoko Miho is one of the design world’s best kept secrets
Miho combined European modernist principles with a Japanese mastery of spatial planes. Her posters, catalogs, logos, and architectural signage all function perfectly as items of graphic communication, but they also have a seemingly effortless grace, as if she has designed them in the only way possible.
graphicdesign  hermanmiller  tomokomiho  design 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What War Can’t Destroy - The New York Times
Years of conflict have torn at the seams of Juba, South Sudan. But the city’s people hold their heads high.
sudan  juba  photography  design  fashion  culture  africa  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Don’t Get Too Comfortable at That Desk - The New York Times
First there were individual offices. Then cubicles and open floor plans. Now, there is a “palette of places.”
design  work  offices  officedesign  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Latest Design Trend: Black and Burned Wood - The New York Times
An ancient Japanese technique protects cedar by charring it a witchy charcoal. It’s having a renaissance in the West (for less practical reasons).
shousugiban  japan  japanese  nytime  tmagazine  design  wood 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Visionaries Behind the Memorable Worlds of Film - The New York Times
Transcendent production design isn’t just about getting surfaces right, any more than great acting is just memorizing words. It’s about translating writers’ and directors’ intentions into a crystallized universe that’s both visceral and rich with meaning, telling parts of the story that even the best actors can’t. Think of the weirdly realistic theme park design in ‘‘Jurassic Park,’’ and what its fossilized columns and thatched roofs convey about not just the character who created it but also about the human obsession with reproducing nature. That isn’t Steven Spielberg’s symbolism; it’s the invention of designer Rick Carter, who just finished his 10th movie as a production designer with the director. ‘‘Rick helps me better understand the subtext of the stories I’m telling,’’ Spielberg says. ‘‘I’ll say to him, ‘just make it look really cool,’ and he’ll say to me, ‘What if we’re the only two people who know why it’s going to come out this cool?’ ’’
tmagazine  nytimes  productiondesign  productiondesigner  film  cinema  design  designer 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Calico Wallpaper Co-founders Talk Art and Business - Coveteur
Launching a business with your significant other, in our imaginations (because it would literally never happen), looks a bit like a living nightmare. But Rachel and Nick Cope, the husband-and-wife co-founders of Calico Wallpaper, make it seem like a dream.
Coveteur  wallpaper  art  design  nickcope  rachelcope  calicowallpaper 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Rothko Chapel - The New York Times
In 1964, the Houston art collectors and patrons John and Dominique de Menil commissioned Rothko’s work for the interior of a space to be designed by the architect Philip Johnson. (When Johnson clashed with Rothko, the project was turned over to the Houston architects Howard Barnstone and Eugene Aubry.) The de Menils, observant Catholics, were influenced by their friend the Rev. Marie-Alain Couturier, who believed that modern artists could reinvigorate sacred art. The chapel, which opened in 1971, sits next to the campus of the Menil Collection, the museum that now houses the couple’s art. It has been open to the public nearly every day since.
houston  texas  therothkochapel  markrothko  art  design  nytimes 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Technicolor World of Anna Sui - The New York Times
Anna Sui isn’t a fashion designer who does things by half-measures. Her trippy, psychedelia-inspired world, which fuses fashion with the music-saturated culture of the ’60s, has been unfurling on New York’s runways since her first wildly colorful show in 1991 — staged with the encouragement of her friends, photographer Steven Meisel and supermodels Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. Sui’s free-spirited clothes still serve as a riposte to anyone who claims American fashion is fixated on cold, clean minimalism.
annasui  fashion  design  nytimes  tmagazine 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Not All Scandinavian Design is Minimalist - The New York Times
Stockholm’s ubiquitous, pared-back aesthetic is being defrosted — by an infusion of surprisingly colorful, lushly textured Old World design.
stockholm  design  tmagazine  nytimes  oldworlddesign  interiordesign 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Rediscovering Harry Bertoia, sculptor and ambient pioneer
Though his furniture designs remain his best known work (much in the same way that Charles and Ray Eames – whom Bertoia met through the famed Cranbook Academy of Art – were known for their chairs above all else), Bertoia’s interest in the possibilities of sound became his greatest passion, manifesting in numerous “sounding sculptures” displayed at various locations throughout the US.
harrybertoia  music  experimentalmusic  sculpture  soundsculpture  ambientmusic  sonambient  factmagazine  art  design  industrialdesign 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Shenzhen is China's most fascinating city - Travel + Leisure
Overnight, this sprawling urban Goliath north of Hong Kong has become an incubator for cutting-edge design, a rule-breaking tech hub, a bastion of next-gen urbanism, and a leading cultural capital. Plus, the food's great and the weather is lovely. 
samanthaculp  shenzhen  china  design  tech  urbanism  culture  travelandleisure 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Keith Newstead Automata • A Playful Path
This is one of hundreds of Automata from Keith Newstead. It is the first time we have paid tribute to the playful genius of this art and this artist. I trust it won’t be the last.
keithnewstead  art  design  automata 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Twisted toymaker on his 'wood cartoons' - BBC News
Paul Spooner specialises in a field known as 'mechanical automata'.
He makes elaborate constructions from various materials - with a strong preference for wood - as much for the joy of making them, as to further any practical purpose.
paulspooner  art  automata  design 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Llano del Rio: The Ruins of LA’s Socialist Colony - Curbed LA
Colonists bought shares in the desert village and built it together by hand a century ago
llanodelrio  california  antelopevalley  socialism  socailistcolonies  architecture  design 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Elizabeth Gordon’s International Style - Curbed
The legendary 'House Beautiful' editor had a complicated relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright—and global design.
franklloydwright  elizabethgordon  curbed  architecture  design 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Finding Mexico City, and Luis Barragán, Again - The New York Times
I was well aware that in my time away, Mexico City had changed in both good and bad ways. It had become an island of relative safety in a sea of narcoterrorism. It had become a necessary stopping-off point for culinary adventurers. It had evolved into a newly lustrous destination for the internationalized contemporary art elite, drawn by a thriving gallery scene and newly opened museums.
luisbarragan  nytimes  art  architecture  design  mexico  mexicocity 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The TWA Terminal at JFK Airport Is Being Turned Into a Hotel - The Atlantic
The TWA terminal at JFK airport was an icon of mid-century cool. Now it’s being reincarnated as a hotel.
design  architecture  jfkairport  twaterminal  midcentury  theatlantic 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Arcosanti, an Early Eco-City, Faces the Future
THE pilgrimage began with a black-and-white handbill on a campus bulletin board. At the top was a sketch of an ultramodern compound rising above a desert canyon: a city upon a hill.
nytimes  arcosanti  ecocity  architecture  design  arizona  paolosoleri 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
K.K. Barrett's Model Sets
K.K. Barrett's visionary process in creating Karen O's psycho-opera, Stop The Virgens.
kkbarrett  karen  o  thecreatorsproject  art  opera  music  design  models  modelsets  productiondesign 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Folly of Santiago Calatrava’s WTC Station -- NYMag
Santiago Calatrava was commissioned to design an architectural extravagance at ground zero. He succeeded, an accomplishment that threatens to destroy his reputation.
santiagocalatrava  newyork  newyorkmagazine  design  architecture  publictransit 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Touring the Soriano-Designed Lukens House, Miraculously Back From the Near-Dead
When we first saw the Lukens House back in July 2010, it was, judging by photos, pretty well trashed, and had been abated as a nuisance and taken over by the city. Today it's been beautifully and sensitively restored and is making a very pleasant home for its new owner, real estate agent Mike Chapman (he moved in in November last year).
curbedla  architecture  design  losangeles  midcentury  renovation  lukenshouse 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Cranbrook's Golden Age: How a Freewheeling School Changed American Design
The legend of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and its role as a prewar petri dish for American modernism, revolves around the brief period of time from roughly 1937 to 1941.
cranbrookacademyofart  detroit  michigan  design  rayeames  charleseames 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
17 Ways to Make Your Tiny Apartment Feel Like a Tree House
There is a smug sense of superiority that comes along with transforming a 250-square-feet-of-gloom apartment into an arboreal hideaway. After all, it's no easy task. There are bright green prints to pick out, refurbished wood chairs to haggle over, and the beckoning calls of your dehydrated flora to answer. But, these 17 objects might make it a bit easier.
interior  design  home  apartments  curbed 
june 2015 by brendanmcfadden
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