Behold the “candy desk,” a secret stash of treats in the U.S. Senate

East, News, Other
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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For those in attendance, the State of the Union can be exhausting. Standing up, sitting down, standing up and clapping politely for hours saps the energy of even the most ardent politicians. If viewers at home see senators sneaking out of the House during tonight’s speech, don’t worry: those elected officials are probably headed for the Senate’s “Candy Desk.” Read More

Dreams bend into furniture with this Inception-style coffee table

(Courtesy Mousarris)

(Courtesy Mousarris)

The frontier-era drama The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, may have won best picture at last night’s Golden Globes, but it’s the actors’ 2010 mind-bending film Inception that has inspired some seriously cool (yet questionably practical) furniture.

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David Chipperfield’s Classical display cabinets take a cue from the Ionic column

Design, International, Product
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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(Courtesy David Chipperfield)

Looking for a tasteful way to show off your collection of iconic postmodern teapots or architect-designed shoes? David Chipperfield may have the answer.

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

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(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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Catch this show of Lina Bo Bardi’s furniture and Roberto Burle Marx’s tapestries before it closes!

Inside the exhibition. (Courtesy R & Company)

Inside the exhibition. (Courtesy R & Company)

Tribeca’s R & Company gallery at 82 Franklin Street is highlighting two Brazilian greats: Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992) and Roberto Burle Marx (1909–1994). But act fast! Furniture by Bo Bardi and tapestries by Burle Marx are on display through the end of this week—the exhibit closes April 30.

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Furniture with its own Mind: Researchers at MIT Create Self-Assembling Chair

Design, Technology
Monday, April 6, 2015
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(Courtesy MIT Self-Assembly Lab)

(Courtesy MIT Self-Assembly Lab)

Scientists at MIT dream of autonomous assembly lines that are free of machinery, human intervention, or fossil fuel expenditure—and still run 24/7.

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Back in Green: Jean Prouvé furnishings reissued and retooled with a little help from Rem Koolhaas

Design, International, Product
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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(Courtesy G-Star)

More than seventy years after their creation, a collection of classic office furniture by Jean Prouvé is being updated and released to the market. Dutch fashion purveyor G-Star, in conjunction with Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra, have developed “Prouvé Raw,” a collection of ten pieces that include chairs, desk and wall lighting, conference tables, and writing desks.

And Rem Koolhaas also plays a role in this revival.

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Clive Wilkinson Architects Makes a Superdesk

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Clive Wilkinson Architects designed a continuous work surface dubbed the Superdesk for New York advertisers the Barbarian Group. (Michael Moran)

Clive Wilkinson Architects designed a continuous work surface dubbed the Superdesk for New York advertisers the Barbarian Group. (Michael Moran)

Endless table materializes intra-office connectivity in plywood, MDF, and epoxy.

When Culver City-based Clive Wilkinson Architects (CWA) sat down with representatives of the Barbarian Group to discuss renovating the advertising agency’s new 20,000-square-foot office, one word kept coming up: connection. “Before, they were all in offices designed for one person, but crammed five in each, and scattered,” recalled associate principal Chester Nielsen. “It was a pain. Bringing everyone into the open, and having them feel like they were all connected was super important.” The architects elected to “surgically gut” the leased New York Garment District loft to create a central workspace for between 125-175 employees. To materialize the theme of connection, they zeroed in on the idea of a single work surface, an endless table later christened the Superdesk. With 4,400 square feet of epoxy-coated surface atop a support structure comprising 870 unique laser-cut plywood panels, the Superdesk is a triumph of programmatic creativity. “Building a big table was not an obvious solution,” said Nielsen, “but it’s a simple one.”
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Delicious by Design: Nendo builds a “molten-chocolate wave” lounge in Paris

Awards, Design, International
Thursday, January 15, 2015
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(Akhiro Yoshida / Courtesy Nendo)

Named M&O Designer of the Year, Nendo is contributing a Chocolatexture Lounge to the Maison et Object exposition in Paris later this month. Dubbed “a deliciously regressive space,” it houses a selection of chairs created by Oki Sato (aka Nendo) for such manufacturers as Moroso, Emeco, and Cappellini—all upholstered in cocoa brown textiles. They will be set among an array of 2,000 aluminum pipes, which, the designer said, will be painted and installed to evoke “a rippling, large molten-chocolate wave.”

But there is more to the lounge than confectionary allusions: There’s an actual chocolate creation that will be available.

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On View> Philadelphia Museum of Art shows off design objects by Vitra

Art, Design, East, On View
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
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A plywood toy elephant by Charles and Ray Eames. (Courtesy Vitra)

A plywood toy elephant by Charles and Ray Eames. (Courtesy Vitra)

 

Vitra—Design, Architecture, Communication: A European Project with American Roots
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building, Collab Gallery
2525 Pennsylvania Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Through April 26, 2015

In its new exhibition, Vitra—Design, Architecture, Communication: A European Project with American Roots, the Philadelphia Museum of Art explores the history of the famous Swiss furniture company from its early licensing partnership with Herman Miller to new collaborations with world-renowned contemporary designers, such as Verner Panton, Antonio Citterio, and Jasper Morrison.

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Want a Rem in your room? Beijing’s CCTV tower transformed into a wardrobe

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(Courtesy Design Miami)

At the recent Design Miami fest, artist Naihan Li exhibited her work-of-art wardrobe, which is helpfully—or confusingly—titled I AM A MONUMENT. (Apologies, and a tip of the chapeau, to Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour.) The monument in question is, of course, Rem KoolhaasCCTV building.

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Jasper Morrison and Yoshio Taniguchi awarded second Isamu Noguchi Award

Architecture, Awards, Design, East
Monday, December 1, 2014
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Yoshio Taniguchi (Left: courtesy Timothy Greenfield-Sanders) and Jasper Morrison (Right: courtesy Kento Mori).

Award winners Yoshio Taniguchi (Left: Courtesy Timothy Greenfield-Sanders) and Jasper Morrison (Right: Courtesy Kento Mori).

The Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York has bestowed its second annual Isamu Noguchi Award to designer Jasper Morrison and architect Yoshio Taniguchi. This eponymous accolade is given to professionals who, like Noguchi, are leaders in the fields of design and architecture, and “kindred spirits in innovation, global consciousness, and Japanese/American exchange,” the museum said in a statement.

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