Perhaps one of
the most amazing things about the National Design Awards is the trophy. The
amount of thought, innovation, creativity – and the fact that it takes six to
eight hours to complete one – is an award-winning effort. Beginning in 2011 and
again this year, Corning, Inc. as part of the Corning Museum’s GlassLab initiative,
has designed, sculpted and hand-polished each trophy.
Continue reading "A Symbol of Hope." »
Egg and Swan chairs in Room 606.
It’s been a seven-year journey for me to get to Room 606, so when the hotel manager opened the door, then immediately shut it and blushed, I was worried. Fortunately, the scene inside was a lot less scandalous than I’d first imagined. In fact, it was fabulous.
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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.
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The Verner Panton suite at Hotel Alexandra in Copenhagen is labeled “a sight for sore eyes” in the hotel’s literature. The description then goes on to refer to the designer as “Verner Pant,” which they've assured me they will change. In the meantime, what do you think of the room? Is it the suite of your wildest dreams?
Guests sleep under the warm glow of Panton's Ball Lamp (1969) and a blanket in his iconic Design Geometri (1960) textile.
A wallhanging in the Verner Panton Suite.
Keep reading to see additional photos.
Continue reading "Do you dream in Verner Panton color?" »
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.)
Continue reading "Take a Saarinen break." »
It's been 10 years since Philippe Starck designed the Louis Ghost Chair, and yet, this transparent marvel continues to shock, amuse and amaze those who see it for the first time. For those of us who've loved it for a decade, the honeymoon isn't over. (Although, I would suggest that Starck design a Ghost in glow-in-the-dark plastic so I'll stop tripping over it at night.)
Continue reading "Happy Anniversary, Louis Ghost." »
Above: Gorilla Biscuits is featured on page 7 of our August catalog.
As the owner of Stereotype Design – a New York City-based graphic design studio that develops projects for commercial, cultural and corporate clients – Mike Joyce is postering the walls of modern homes with music history. By branding bands with new personas, his Swissted Poster Project is both renewing public interest in seminal music acts and documenting the roots of today's most pervasive genre: indie rock.
"The project has a fiendishly simple premise: Joyce combs through flyers of old-school punk, hardcore, and indie rock shows, retains the vital info, and uses that text to create Swiss Modernist-style posters that often incorporate geometric patterns," says Reyan Ali of the The Village Voice. Joyce says his posters reflect "his love of punk rock and Swiss Modernism, two movements that have (almost) nothing to do with one another." And while this may be true on the surface, judging by his overwhelming success, perhaps it's in their relative obscurity that commonality exists.
Continue reading "Spotted in Our August Catalog: Swissted Posters." »
Olivetti: Innovation & Identity is currently at the Denver Art Museum.
Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From 100 years of chairs in Florida to a celebration of George Nelson at Cranbrook to “House & Home” in Washington, D.C., there is richness to enjoy everywhere.
Denver Art Museum
What is Modern?
Olivetti: Innovation & Identity
Tampa Museum of Art
A Hundred Years - A Hundred Chairs: Masterworks from the Vitra Design Museum
Continue reading "Craving Culture? Museum exhibitions to see now." »
A daredevil puts on a show in Thonet's classic chair.
This week we celebrate Michael Thonet, who was born on July 2, 1796. The inventor of one of the most important innovations in bent wood furniture making, Thonet patented a process of bending under heat several layers of wood veneer glued together and laminated – and used the new material to create curved back-rails and legs on chairs, contoured headboards and scrolled arms for sofas. This process eliminated the need for expensive and time-consuming hand-carved joints, and Thonet’s iconic 1859 chair has been in production for more than 150 years.
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