Product> Choice Seats: Creative Chair Designs

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(Courtesy Carl Hansen & Son)

Ready to revitalize a living room in a summer home, these freewheeling, fashionable chair designs offer comfort as well as outstanding styling.

CH445 Chair, Stripes by Paul Smith

Carl Hansen Collection, Coalesse

Upholstered in a vibrant Maharam fabric designed by Paul Smith, this classic wing chair gets a new look. Chair designed by Hans J. Wegner.

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(Courtesy Arper)

Steeve

Arper

This versatile chair is available with or without armrests, and with right, or left armrest. The frame can be entirely upholstered with a single material in just one color, with a single material in different colors, or with wood on the external side and with fabric, leather, or faux leather on the inside. The seat and backrest cushions have the same upholstery as the frame internal side. Designed by Jean-Marie Massaud.

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(Courtesy Bensen)

Hi-Turn

Bensen

This high-back swivel lounge chair features an internal steel frame. Injection-molded cold foam with a soft down seat make for an inviting and comfortable seat, and a tidy tailored appearance.

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(Courtesy Bernhardt Design)

Lilt

Bernhardt Design

Coolly modern, this lounge chair not only looks good, but is Greenguard certified, as well. The branch-like base of the chair is founded on the designer’s childhood memories of climbing trees. Designed by Brandon Kim.

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(Courtesy Moooi)

Bart Swivel

Moooi

The roundness of the armchair’s design is completed by its circular swiveling motion, which also adds another dimension to its coziness. The wooden frame is covered in foam and dacron; the seat cushion is foam.

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(Courtesy Moroso)

Diatom

Moroso

This stackable chair features a seat and back pressed from a single sheet of aluminum. Extremely lightweight, it is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Designed by Ross Lovegrove.

Take a tour of FAT’s quirky house-as-narrative collaboration with Grayson Perry

International, Other
Friday, May 22, 2015
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House for Essex by Grayson Perry and FAT. (Courtesy Living Architecture)

House for Essex by Grayson Perry and FAT. (Courtesy Living Architecture)

If there was ever a perfect curatorial pairing, Alain de Botton made it when he selected artist Grayson Perry to work with English architects Fashion Architecture Taste (FAT). Architecturally speaking, their so-called House for Essex is a “built story”—a shrine to an Essex woman named Julie who led a life as a rock chick and later a social worker, along the way marrying twice and finding happiness before being tragically killed by a curry delivery moped.

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Here are three bold designs from winning teams that completely reimagine the Los Angeles Convention Center

Architecture, News, West
Friday, May 22, 2015
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HMC Architects and Populous.

HMC Architects and Populous.

The Los Angeles Convention Center is desperately in need of an overhaul. Architect Charles Luckman designed the original boxy structure in 1971 and James Ingo Freed added the glassy Annex in 1997. Today, both buildings lack the square footage and amenities to add up to a competitive venue. Centers in Las Vegas or Chicago eclipse LA’s meager 870,000 square feet by double or triple square footage. Indeed, in the decades since the venue was constructed the whole approach to convention center design has changed.

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Diane Davis to head Harvard GSD’s Department of Urban Planning

East, Shft+Alt+Del, Urbanism
Friday, May 22, 2015
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Diane Davis. (Courtesy Harvard GSD)

Diane Davis. (Courtesy Harvard GSD)

Just days after the Harvard Graduate School of Design announced that Anita Berrizbeitia would be the new chair of its Department of Landscape Architecture, the school has announced another big appointment: Professor Diane Davis will be head its Department of Urban Planning.

“Davis teaches courses and options studios that examine the role of politics in planning and design, relations between urbanization and development, and socio-spatial practice at the scale of the city,” the school said in a statement. “Her research focuses on urban transformations in the global south, particularly the urban social, spatial, and political conflicts that have emerged in response to globalization, informality, and political and economic violence. In her capacity as co-director of the Risk and Resilience track in the Master in Design Studies (MDes) program, Davis explores overlapping vulnerabilities in the built and natural environment and assesses their significance for planning theory and design practice.”

Both Davis and Berrizbeitia will assume their new roles on July 1.

Paul Gunther appointed executive director of Gracie Mansion Conservancy by New York Mayor De Blasio

East, Shft+Alt+Del
Friday, May 22, 2015
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Paul Gunther. (Courtesy Institute for Classical Art and Architecture)

Paul Gunther. (Courtesy Institute for Classical Art and Architecture)

Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have appointed Paul Gunther the executive director of the Gracie Mansion Conservancy. Gunther will ensure that “not only are the historic fabric and contents of the great 1799 landmark well preserved, but that it thrives in today’s modern society,” according to a statement from the mayor’s office.

In addition to his role as a frequent contributor to AN, Mr. Gunther has served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Director of Development at The New York Historical Society, Director of Development and American Liaison at The American Center in Paris, and the Director of Development and Public Affairs at The Municipal Art Society, and President of the Institute for Classical Art and Architecture.

New York City converted this dingy subway tunnel into a colorful underground museum of street art

(Courtesy NYC DOT)

(Courtesy NYC DOT)

For a long time, the 900-foot pedestrian tunnel that leads to the 1 train in Washington Heights was one of New York City‘s creepiest spaces. Now, it’s been transformed into one of the city’s best places to see art—or at least take some impressive Instagram photos.

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Glass and Concrete Arts Center by Machado and Silvetti

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Machado and Silvetti crafted a new theater and studio arts center for Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. (Anton Grassl/Esto)

Hamilton College, Kennedy Center, Location: Clinton NY, Architect: Machado Silvetti Architects

Curved curtain wall and textured composite rain screen create a new focal point on the Hamilton College campus.

When a team of architects from Boston-based Machado and Silvetti Associates first visited Hamilton College several years ago, they thought they were interviewing for a single project—an art museum. But they soon found themselves talking campus officials into a second commission, for the Kennedy Center for Theatre and Studio Arts (KCTSA). Read More

Among thousands of hacked documents from Sony, key emails reveal LACMA’s inner dealings

Architecture, Art, News, West
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Zumthor's March 2015 revised scheme less fluid and more blocky. Courtesy LACMA/ Atelier Peter Zumthor and Partner.

Zumthor’s March 2015 revised scheme less fluid and more blocky. (Courtesy LACMA/ Atelier Peter Zumthor and Partner)

When hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s email server in November 2014 and released stolen messages, the first stories to come out were Hollywood fodder. But buried inside the glut of toxic gossip, star salaries, and Emma Stone’s junior high school pictures are emails that tie together Sony CEO Michael Lynton, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) director Michael Govan, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Peter Zumthor’s proposed design for the LACMA campus.

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The Architecture Billings Index heads south in April

BILLINGS (BLUE), INQUIRIES (RED), AND DESIGN CONTRACTS (GREEN) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER)

BILLINGS (BLUE), INQUIRIES (RED), AND DESIGN CONTRACTS (GREEN) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER)

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) doesn’t want to hear it right now–it knows it’s not in a great place, okay? After the economic index started looking up last month—we’re talking 51.7!—the ABI dropped down to 48.8 in April. And, as we all know, any score below 50 means a decrease in billings. Here’s a silver lining, though: the New Projects Inquiry did scoot up from 58.2 to 60.1.

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Typography & Truth, a conversation with Errol Morris

Design, East, Media
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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(James Way)

(James Way)

Errol Morris took the podium at the Grolier Club, the venerated New York City typography and tome institution, to talk about his 2012 experiment to uncover the influence of a typeface. His experiment ran in the New York Times’ Opinionator column and asked readers whether they were optimists or pessimists, based on the text. However, one small, but key, paragraph was rendered in one of six fonts on different computers (only one of the 45,000 respondents wrote Morris having noticed the difference), and this evaluated whether people believed the passage to be true.

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New York City’s iconic Four Seasons Restaurant inside the Seagram Building is at the center of a renovation dispute

Other
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Traditionalists went into a tailspin over proposed modifications to the landmark Four Seasons Restaurant, a gastronomic and architectural emblem of New York City housed in the historic Seagram Building.

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Calatrava says he’s been treated “like a dog,” but hey George Clooney is still a fan

Calatrava's city of arts and sciences seen in Tomorrowland.

Calatrava’s city of arts and sciences seen in Tomorrowland.

Santiago Calatrava really wants you to stop blaming him for the very delayed and very over budget World Trade Center Transit Hub. All of your snark and rude comments have really gotten to him, which he recently revealed to the Wall Street Journal. “It has not been easy for me,” he said“I have been treated like a dog.” But there’s now some good news that should help cheer up the Spanish starchitect: famous person George Clooney is staunchly on his side.

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