Product> Design for Wellness: New Healthcare Furnishings

Interiors, National, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Wieland)

While technology heals the body in increasingly marvelous ways, healthcare interiors are taking a more holistic route, becoming more hospitality than hospital-like in their design and furnishings.

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SO-IL’s design for this ambitious art gallery in Brooklyn responds to the neighborhood’s industrial past

Architecture, East
Thursday, August 27, 2015

(Courtesy SO-IL)

Brooklyn-based architecture firm SO-IL is adding to its portfolio of art galleries. Slated to open in 2017, Artes Amant will house 14,250 square feet of exhibition, storage, and studio spaces behind its confident concrete facade.

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Video> Zaha Hadid battles for her Tokyo Olympics Stadium project

Architecture, International
Thursday, August 27, 2015

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

In an attempt to salvage the now-scrubbed project, Zaha Hadid has released a new video in defense of  her firm’s design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Stadium. The film presents a robust—albeit familiar—argument for the reinstatement of the building. Once the bona fides of the project team (which includes Arup Sports) are revisited and a sensitivity to Japanese culture is declared, the oblique blame game begins.

Watch the video after the jump.

Seeing Red: A run-amok artwork creates an accidental intervention in one Ohio city

Art, International
Monday, August 24, 2015

(Courtesy RedBall Project)

Adding a little excitement to the sleepy streets of Toledo, Ohio this weekend was an art installation gone rogue. Originally wedged between Ice restaurant and Roulet jewelers, the RedBall was rousted by high winds and bounced and/or rolled down Madison Avenue. Except for a street sign that was slightly damaged by the 15-foot, 250-pound vinyl sphere, there were no injuries.

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Voila! Zaha Hadid reinvents construction scaffolding with Allongé at her High Line condo tower

Architecture, East
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

(Courtesy Related Companies)

Should you be strolling along the High Line during the next couple weeks, you may encounter a temporary construction shed at the site of Zaha Hadid‘s condominium project going up at 520 West 28th Street.

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Product> New and Notable Products for Architects

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy CertainTeed Ceilings)

The Architect’s Newspaper first Best Of Products program drew nearly 400 entries, representing all categories of design and construction products. Here is a selection of the finalists from the juried competition.

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This Daniel Libeskind–designed chair might look sharp, but it’s actually very soft


(Courtesy Moroso)

The indefatigable Daniel Libeskind has designed a chair that might make some think that he’s angling for a job to overhaul the USS Enterprise (or perhaps a $97 million earthbound residential replica of it).

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High-Style Hacks: Bjarke Ingels, Henning Larsen, and Norm Architects tweak an Ikea flat-pack classic

Interiors, International
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

(Courtesy Reform)

Danish kitchen purveyor Reform has enlisted Bjarke Ingels, Henning Larsen Architects, and Norm Architects to put their spin on a mainstay of Ikea‘s kitchen designs, the Metod. While the architects’ work is confined to surface treatments and small details, the results definitely elevate the kitchen above the generic flat-pack model.

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Hot Topic: Yves Béhar’s new thermostat design the latest in a growing line of smart home gadgets


(Courtesy Fuseproject)

The once-prosaic thermostat has become a high profile design object as of late. As a critical gateway for the “Internet of Things” and the world of the connected home, it’s increasingly seen as an HVAC status symbol. With his new scheme for the Hive for British Gas, Yves Béhar takes a step back from the fray and focuses on the unit’s ease of use.

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Lucky Seven: See how seven famous architects rethought Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 Chair

Design, National, Product
Thursday, August 6, 2015

(Courtesy Republic of Fritz Hansen)

In observance of the 60th anniversary of the Series 7 chair, furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen enlisted seven architects to re-envision the classic Arne Jacobsen design. Explaining the impetus behind the program, Jacob Holm, CEO of Fritz Hansen, said, “If we fall asleep on top of our heritage, design becomes museum items. And if that happens, it (design) no longer adds new value to the present time.”

The participating firms—BIG, Snøhetta, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Neri & Hu, Jun Igarashi, and Carlos Ott in association with Carlos Ponce de Léon—certainly created some eye-opening interpretations of the chair. The architects’ comments on their designs reveal their inspirations and intentions.

View the redesigned chairs after the jump.

Products> Hot Products for Hot Summer Days

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Vitrocsa)

Landscape lighting, kitchen systems, pavers, and wire mesh: readers of SpecSheet certainly have wide-ranging interests. Here are some of the most popular products of the year thus far, as measured by the volume of online traffic.

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For the Birds> Michael Graves’ last design for Alessi updated his Bird Kettle with a dragon

Design, International, Product
Monday, August 3, 2015

(Courtesy Alessi)

The last project Michael Graves completed for Alessi references one of his earliest creations for the company: The 9093 kettle, better known as the Bird Teakettle. To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the iconic piece, the late architect designed a new component for what’s being called the Tea Rex kettle.

In January 2015, Graves explained the development of this update.

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