Thanks to our friends at Metropolis magazine for sharing this video on their blog. Designed by Andrea Stinga and Federico Gonzalez, it's an engaging (and alphabetical) spin through iconic buildings by some of the world's best architects. "A lot of them have been left out with grief," says Stinga, "because we only need one for each letter and we have made an effort to have different nationalities."
183 posts categorized "Architecture"
January 24, 2013
January 08, 2013
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Ada Louise Huxtable. The famed architecture critic for the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Huxtable "changed the way most of us see and think about man-made environments," said an editor at the Times. In 1963, she became the first full-time architecture critic for an American newspaper, and in 1970, she won the first-ever Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism.
Still writing at 91, Huxtable's piece about the $300 million restructuring plan for the New York Public Library appeared in the Journal just a few weeks ago. In Undertaking Its Destruction, Huxtable's honest, eloquent, smart, witty and somewhat saucy style is in full gear as she writes "This is a plan devised out of a profound ignorance of or willful disregard for not only the library's original concept and design, but also the folly of altering its meaning and mission and compromising its historical and architectural integrity. You don't 'update' a masterpiece. 'Modernization' may be the most dangerously misused word in the English language."
"Buildings change; they adapt to needs, times and tastes," she continued. "Old buildings are restored, upgraded and converted to new uses. For architecturally or historically significant buildings with landmark protection, the process is more complex; subtle, subjective and difficult decisions are often required. Nothing, not even buildings, stands still."
Huxtable inspired us and made us think about the world that surrounds us. I love her for using "august" as an adjective -- referring to the library as "an august institution" -- which I rarely see except for in the poetry of Wallace Stevens. My compass and my mentor, you will be missed.
December 17, 2012
In early 2011, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey issued a request for proposals to transform the Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Terminal at JFK Airport into the centerpiece of a hotel. A few big players – including Trump and Starwood – sent representatives to tour the vacant terminal, and now the Wall Street Journal (wsj subscription required) is reporting that hotel developer Andre Balazs is in talks to develop the site. Balazs developed the Mercer Hotel in SoHo and The Standard in the Meatpacking District, and according to the Journal’s sources, the Port Authority aims to finalize a deal with him in the next few months. If the project moves forward, Saarinen's iconic building could become the lobby (with restaurants and shopping) for a 150-room hotel to be built in the space between the old TWA terminal and the new (built in 2008) JetBlue building. Completed in 1962, the TWA Terminal has been vacant since American acquired TWA in 2001. It was added to America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list in 2003.
December 10, 2012
“Here, then, is what I wanted to tell you of my architecture," said Oscar Niemeyer. "I created it with courage and idealism, but also with an awareness of the fact that what is important is life, friends and attempting to make this unjust world a better place in which to live.” Known for his sweeping curvaceous forms, the Brazilian architect truly did make this world a better place to live, for which we will be forever grateful. Mr. Niemeyer passed away on December 5, ten days before his 105th birthday.
November 29, 2012
Jens Risom's Block Island Retreat by Gary Nadeau for Dwell from gary nadeau on Vimeo.
Step inside Jens Risom's Block Island home in this beautiful video from Dwell. “There’s something peaceful about the island," says Risom. "It is a unique feeling that you’re there. Not that it’s yours but you’re using it.” Learn more about this iconic designer, his thoughts on prefab and the simple summers he and his family enjoyed (and still enjoy) on the island.
November 21, 2012
Red Sun by Arthur G. Dove, 1935. Oil on canvas. On display at Amon Carter Museum. © Estate of Arthur G. Dove; The Phillips Collection
Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From the Phillips Collection in Fort Worth to Eero Saarinen in Los Angeles to Studio Gang Architects in Chicago, there is richness to enjoy everywhere.
Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles
Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts
At last week's Yale symposium about George Nelson, one message was clear: You have to read George. In other words, George the writer trumps George the architect, George the designer and George the teacher, combined.
For two days, scholars, design nerds, editors and Murray Moss (there is no label to define him) talked about the legacy of this American icon. Known mainly for his furniture and design work for Herman Miller, Nelson also wrote and edited for Architectural Forum, Fortune, Pencil Points, Life and McCall's, and co-authored the bestselling Tomorrow's House with Henry Wright.
Finn Juhl's gold and purple sofa designed in 1957, shown with a coffee table he designed for professor Alf Ross in 1948. Ross was a Danish lawyer, legal philosopher and the author of Guilt, Responsibility and Punishment in which he wrote about "morality's capacity to guide human behavior." Which brings me to the question of the built-in vase in this coffee table. Are we to see the flowers as imprisoned in the tabletop and, if so, what pray tell was their crime?
November 16, 2012
Home for the holidays…
"I feel foolish that I came outside carrying a wreath, hammer and nail," she said as they stood outside their glass house. He took the wreath from her hand, hung it on the doorknob and said, "Let the holidays begin."
November 14, 2012
Congratulations to the team at Building Lab on receiving the Grand Award 2012 from Remodeling magazine. Designers Stephen Shoup, Hide Kawato and Chris Rogers created an au pair suite out of an unused space under a garage in San Francisco, Calif.
The homeowners worked with Eric Hildebrandt at the DWR Potrero Studio to select the perfect complements to the space, including a Theatre Sofa in custom leather and the Pool Coffee Table. "It's a tiny jewel box of craftsmanship that has all the essentials of living, sleeping, eating, and bathing contained in less than 500 square feet," said the judges.
November 06, 2012
We are so excited to present the iconic Lampes Gras Collection, a DWR exclusive.
This is not a lamp designed to satisfy the ego of a designer. Rather, it is the product of Bernard-Albin Gras’ passion to improve working conditions for hundreds of laborers in ordinary machine shops, research laboratories and design studios in the 1920s. His success in creating a beautiful form by reducing a lamp to its pure function made Lampe Gras an emblem of modern design in the early 20th century.
October 27, 2012
Photo courtesy of johnmjohansen.com
The masterful architect and last surviving member of the Harvard Five passed away yesterday at the age of 96. Earlier this week, we wrote about Johansen's Goodyear House, which is for sale in Darien, Conn. The passionate comments and hundreds of facebook "likes" we received on this post were heartwarming and a testament to the power of great design. Johansen's work, while at times controversial, is outstanding for its bravery and intelligence. We thank Mr. Johansen for sharing his vision with the world. Our thoughts are with his family as we remember this extraordinary man. You can read more about him in today's New York Times.
October 24, 2012
I realize that I'm three years late with this "OMG" but did you know that Homer Simpson visited the Stahl House in the 2009 season premier of The Simpsons? The episode centers around Homer being cast as a superhero in a Hollywood movie, which is how he ends up at this iconic Los Angeles house, also known as Case Study House #22, designed by Pierre Koenig.
October 23, 2012
The only surviving member of the Harvard Five, architect John Johansen settled in Connecticut in the 1940s, along with Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, Philip Johnson and Eliot Noyes. Drawn to the New Canaan area for its open landscape, the men experimented with new materials and construction methods as well as open floor plans and indoor-outdoor living. The homes they built for themselves and their clients attracted other architects to the area, which resulted in more than 80 modern houses being built over the next two decades.
When you see the circular staircase and wavy ceiling in the former Copenhagen airport terminal, it seems impossible to pick up and move such a structure. And yet, that’s exactly what was done to preserve this stunning building.
For two nights in September 1999, the building was transported across the airport’s runways to a new location. Now standing 2.4 miles from its previous home, the terminal still abuts a runway and is used for arrivals and departures of a single resident: the current monarch, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II.
October 05, 2012
Schaukelwagen (Rocking car) by Hans Brockhage, 1950. On display at MoMA, New York.
Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From Louis Kahn in NYC to a celebration of George Nelson at Cranbrook to “House & Home” in Washington, D.C., there is richness to enjoy everywhere.
Lori Bookstein Fine Art
Louis I. Kahn: In the Park - Opens Oct. 11
The Museum at FIT
Denver Art Museum
What is Modern?
DWR is proud to bring you a very special crossword puzzle, written for everyone who is passionate about design. Click on the puzzle for a larger image or click here for a printable PDF. This puzzle will also appear in the October 7 issue of T Design (see page 60) in The New York Times.
Keep reading for hints and answers.
September 26, 2012
I was thinking about Eero Saarinen when I stumbled across a post by Gwendolyn from October of last year about the architect’s 1962 TWA terminal at JFK Airport. I thought the pictures and sentiment were so beautiful they're worth resharing. Here’s what she said: “It is the most beautiful building I've ever been in, and when you are wrapped in its swooping, elegant curves, you experience the incredible genius of Saarinen.” (Smaller examples of Saarinen’s genius are now 15% off during the Knoll Sale. Click here to learn more about this lengendary architect and see his work.)
September 18, 2012
As if we needed another reason to go to The Netherlands... The exhibition "Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979" will be on view at NAiM/Bureau-Europa from September 29 to February 10. Created in collaboration with Princeton University, the exhibition will explore "the way Playboy magazine used architecture and design as important tools to shape a new identity for the American male." Check out Interior Design for a preview of the exhibition and slideshow.