Erich Nagler

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson

Philip Johnson orchestrated a scene around his impeccable eccentricity, and his Glass House was the hub of this extravaganza.

Mighty Morphers

Tim Antoniuk aims to reinvent all that plastic junk we have lying around with a product that has developed from a collaboration with his students and colleagues at the University of Alberta. The team is working on a plastic that loses its rigidity when submerged in hot water, so that it can be re-formed into something more useful—or attractive. “The…

Little House on the River

On display this year at ICFF is a full-scale, flat-pack dwelling designed and assembled by undergraduates in the Product Design department at Parsons The New School for Design. They are part of a collaborative project with students at the St. Etienne School of Art and Design in France, and students from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design in…

Furniture From the Fast Lane

Designers Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çaglar make their ICFF debut with a line of seating, lighting, and assorted furniture from their studio, Autoban. Based in Istanbul, Turkey, the two interior designers often design products as part of their interior design projects. The designs clearly have classical inspiration but are pared down with simple materials and surprising forms. The Bergére Arm…

The Road Not Taken

Among the morsels in Chip Kidd: Book One—the star book designer’s monograph of covers and ephemera documenting his process and rise to fame—is the 1986 date book from Kidd’s postcollege job hunt in New York. The agenda has him scurrying from Pentagram to Pushpin with his student portfolio, itching for a position at a multidisciplinary design outfit with no apparent…

Who’s the New Guy?

Everything on the walls of the austere new MoMA has been carefully considered—down to the signage for finding basic amenities. Dresser Johnson was commissioned to design 17 icons for the museum’s renovation, several of which gently make over the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 1974 symbols, transforming those ubiquitous cucumber-limbed robots into characters with a pulse. “The classic wheelchair icon is…