Melanie Ryan

A Masterful Effort

“The Luisa is one of the great chairs of the twentieth century,” says Brian Kish, a New York–based dealer who specializes in modern Italian furniture. Franco Albini’s 1949 design is one of four that Cassina will reissue this fall as part of its Cassina I Maestri collection. For Kish, the choices represent “Milanese intelligence and refinement at its very best.”…

Maximum Minimum

Million-dollar lofts seem to receive the lion’s share of attention when it comes to kitchen design. But now a well-known manufacturer of colossal kitchens, Maistri, has cooked up a fitting solution for more modest quarters: the Pocket Kitchen. The key to the space-saving design is a customizable island that can be outfitted to include a sink, a cooktop, and a…

Green Growth

Ross Lovegrove’s newest creations, willowy solar-powered streetlamps designed in collaboration with Artemide, are both out of the ordinary and off the grid. The plantlike Solar Trees feature spring-green steel stems topped with photovoltaic cells, which capture sunlight and use it to power the attached LEDs. As Artemide considers the feasibility of putting them into production, a temporary installation of the…