Point of View - Point of View April 2008

 

Screen Grab

Google launches a collection of new screen art, with work by Philippe Starck, Kengo Kuma, Yves Behar, Michael Graves, and Cameron Sinclair.

Truly Green

The 2008 COTE Top Ten Green Projects represent the best advancements in sustainable design.

Public Color for Public Schools

Michael Kors and his team arrange stencil lettering on their banner. “I need an O!” Kors said to a friend. “It’s like having a personal Vanna White.” Last night, a lively crowd of architects and designers descended on the Louis D. Brandeis High School in New York City for the the 8th annual Stir, Splatter + Roll benefit. Hosted by…

Dog’s Breakfast

It was gray all over New York City yesterday morning, except perhaps on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The latest splashy sculptures in Jeff Koons’s Celebration series make their debut at the museum today, and yesterday the artist was there to charm the press. “He’s been very sparing in sharing his genius,” one onlooker said, noting the…

Still Here

Eva Zeisel’s new teapot, cream jug, sugar bowl, and salt and pepper shakers for Royal Stafford If it seems like Eva Zeisel has been getting a lot of publicity lately, well, it’s no wonder. The legendary designer has continued to produce her signature curvy ceramics while hitting a string of milestone birthdays (she turned 101 last November), a combination that,…

Midcentury Modernism Sells Out (Again)

J. Crew shot its recent catalog at Richard Neutra’s iconic Kaufmann House. Last spring, Banana Republic launched an advertising campaign featuring architects at work—or at least vaguely intellectual-looking twentysomethings sitting in Eames chairs near architectural models. As Gawker pointed out at the time, the ads were pure fantasy: the colors too bright, the khakis too pressed, and the visages far,…

More Songs About Buildings and Food

On Monday night, the specter of Goethe haunted New York’s Thalia Theatre, at Symphony Space, which hosted a program exploring the convergence of music and architecture. Organized by the composer Victoria Bond, Shaping Sound: Architects, Composers and Concert Halls featured a talk by the architect Jim Polshek followed by performances that embodied what Bond called “the cross-fertilization of music and…

Behind the Cover- April

We knew the cover would center around Alice Waters and our story on four famous chefs discussing the design of their professional kitchens. The conceit was clear, but consensus was not. The art and editorial departments were split over how best to present Cody Pickens’ photograph of Ms. Waters in Chez Panisse. The editorial department strongly preferred the simplicity of…

The Storefront Moves Out West

Everyone’s favorite avant-garde gallery, SoHo’s Storefront for Art and Architecture, brought out the LA crowds for their first-ever Pop Up Storefront. Setting up on a neon-lit stretch of Sunset Blvd (between an old motel and a strip joint), Storefront showed a set of photographs by Frédéric Chaubin that captured the beautiful architectural monsters of a cloistered Communist era. Dubbed “Cosmic…

Siteless, but Not Aimless

Imagine Learning from Las Vegas as illustrated by Chris Ware, and you’ll get a sense of François Blanciak’s marvelously inventive new book, Siteless: 1001 Building Forms (The MIT Press, 2008). Blanciak, a French architect who has worked alongside Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, and the Danish provocateur Bjarke Ingels, now lives in Japan, where he is a research fellow at the…

Sketches from Spain

For more than a year, the Spanish designer Jaime Hayon has been labeled a rising superstar in the international design scene. Perhaps now it’s finally time to drop the “rising” part. At next week’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, in Milan, the German publisher Gestalten will release the designer’s first monograph, Jaime Hayon Works, a 320-page hardcover, with an introduction by…

Building Art at the Armory

Courtesy Olaf Breuning At this year’s Armory Show, which ended last month, a Mapplethorpe diptych of Philip Johnson was prominently hung near the entrance. It could hardly have been a coincidence. Design is increasingly swallowed up by the art world, and many of the 160 exhibiting galleries seemed to have it on the mind. So while you could find the…

Conveying Anti-Sprawl

If a picture tells a thousand words, the Shahneshin Foundation (SF) is betting that posters can express an even larger and more indelible message. The nonprofit, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is an international center for design, education, and research, that creates educational and promotional events to promote a more sustainable future. On Monday, the group announced the winners of its…

A Pallet-able Architecture

The Pallet House, a project first conceived as an entry for Architecture for Humanity’s transitional housing competition, has come to fruition. The goal: to create a low-cost shelter for victims who lost their homes in natural disasters or war. The result: a charming, $2,000 – $2,500 makeshift bungalow that features a multifunctional table and sitting area, a sleeping loft, benches…

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