March 29, 2013
Here’s a rundown of what we’ve been reading over the past week.
1. This Charles and Ray Eames-inspired post about creative couples (including former Playlister Jenna Park and husband Mark Sopchak) at the Etsy Blog.
2. The dynamic interior of the JWT office in Amsterdam co-designed by Alrik Koudenburg and RJW Elsinga via Ideas to Steal.
3. Edina Sæther’s short series of color-splash photos of the Chair_One by Konstantin Grcic (via Nordic leaves).
4. A look inside the sketchbooks of 10 terrific creatives at Co.Design.
5. The new (and free) Photo-Lettering App by House Industries spotted at Grain Edit.
6. Nice refresher at freshome: “10 Basic Facts You Should Know About Modular Homes.”
7. Dwell’s listing of its favorite Eames films.
8. The stunning and sculptural Hewlett House by MPR Design Group in Sydney, Australia, covered by URDesign Magazine.
9. These treehouses of reclaimed wood by self-taught Japanese designer Takashi Kobayashi (via designboom).
10. “‘I’m Google’ by Dina Kelberman: A Visual Exploration of Google Image Search” at Colossal.
Featured in photo: Air-Chairs and Air-Tables by Jasper Morrison
March 28, 2013
Designers Jean Lee and Dylan Davis run the multidisciplinary Ladies & Gentlemen Studio from their home/studio (a mid-century duplex bought with two other friends) in Seattle, Washington. This latest tour, courtesy of Apartment Therapy Tech, takes a peek inside their space — a vibrant mix of spacious work surfaces, open shelving, tools, decorative objects (their own designs and otherwise) and a touch of vintage Eames. Read more
March 27, 2013
Founded in 2009 by Timo Wong and Priscilla Lui, Singapore-based Studio Juju designs and develops products, furniture, physical spaces, and more. Focused on creating pleasant and innovative human interactions, Timo and Priscilla were selected as 2011 “Designers of the Future” at Design Miami/ and have collaborated with W Hotels, among others. This week’s Playlist offers us a pleasant interaction with Studio Juju’s listening habits. Put your ears on.
March 26, 2013
Over the weekend, Herman Miller partnered with architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm Gensler for the 2013 Dining by Design fundraiser in New York City. The annual event, hosted by DIFFA, invites top designers to create one-of-a-kind dining installations to support the organization’s mission to provide direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventative education for those at risk. Read more
March 25, 2013
Alright, so it will be a little late (thanks, Mr. Groundhog). But with spring’s inevitable arrival comes the start of sidewalk café season. Welcome the warmth with these six great ways to drink and dine on outdoor design.
Design, Products, Trends
March 22, 2013
Take a look at what we’ve been reading this week.
1. “Cut and Paste: Paper Became a Passion for Designer Irving Harper” from Interior Design magazine.
2. Hipstamatic’s office, as reimagined by design firm Envelope A+D, at California Home + Design.
3. The Los Angeles Times’ coverage of Toyo Ito, winner of this year’s Pritzker Prize, the most prestigious award in architecture.
4. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s temporary pavilion made from cardboard tubes at the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid (via Dezeen).
5. 10 inspiring quotes from the Eames family at Dwell.
6. News from PSFK that Amsterdam’s DUS Public Architecture is set to develop and create a house using a giant 3D printer.
7. The New York Times‘ feature on the 14-year renovation of the home of Scott Omelianuk, editor of This Old House.
8. “Don’t Write off the Poster,” Eye Magazine‘s look at the collaboration between the UK’s V&A Museum and the Royal College of Art seeking to prove that the poster has not been killed off by digital media.
9. “Steve Jobs: Architect” at Design Observer.
10. The opening of artist Christo’s “Big Air Package” in Germany, reported to be the most expansive indoor sculpture ever created (via designboom).
Featured in photo: Eames Molded Plywood Chair, SAYL Chair, Nelson Platform Bench
March 21, 2013
Kati Rubinyi is a former architect who, upon completing graduate studies in studio art, shifted to policy planning. “I see great potential for art and design to play a role in other endeavors, like planning,” she explains. Kati now focuses on R&D and strategic planning, and is the editor of the new book The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning for the Near Future. She lives with her three kids, husband, and dog near Pasadena, California. Here’s a look at what inspires her work. Read more
March 20, 2013
This week’s well-mixed Playlist hails from Wichita, Kansas. Its creator, designer and illustrator Luke Bott, creates work that reaches a good deal farther. Since graduating in 2002, Luke has been creating design and illustration for clients like Coca-Cola, MailChimp, and Wired UK. His iconic work draws inspiration from mid-century design, children’s books and toys, and vintage ads. Now Luke shares the sonic background of his work with us. Take a listen.
March 19, 2013
Architect Yi-Hsiu Yeh founded Yeh Design Lab to create a link between architecture and fashion. She explores the role of wearable objects — bags, jewelry, hats, and footwear — as message carrying media and investigates their relationship with the human form. The Lab is also interested in combining advanced technology with traditional fabrication. Here, Yi-Hsiu discusses working from home, being a working parent, and what drives and inspires her designs. Read more
March 18, 2013
Getting together, sitting down, breaking bread — dining is a central human exercise. Add comfort, style, and thoughtful design to your socializing with these six ideas.