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Creature Comforts

One of my favorite student projects at last year’s ICFF was the House Creatures collection from Free University of Bozen – Bolzano: an ingenious assortment of colorful sheet-metal shelving, inventive lighting concepts, and elegant glass kitchen vessels. From last year’s House Creatures collection: a gas burner by Harry Thaler and a coffee maker by Manuel Kostrzynski. At this year’s Salone…

Pimp My Cube

Nielus, by Kaspar Spurgeon, Minos Tzouflas, Susan Hasselbrook, and Diana Thomas Last week, at the New York International Auto Show, Nissan unveiled two craftily styled versions of its Cube microvan, a five-door MPV (that’s “multipurpose vehicle” to you) that will become available in the United States next year. The makeovers are the result of a collaboration between the car company…

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Factory Rust

Let’s say you’re hankering for some New Order. And not the acid-house-tinged stuff from the late 1980s—you want the classics. So you order the singles compilation Substance from the iTunes store, and within no time, you’re dancing in your bedroom to “Temptation.” But instead of the gorgeous artwork for the original 1982 single, designed by Peter Saville, the legendary art…

Everybody Is a Star

In 2005, the artist Jason Polan published The Every Piece of Art in the Museum of Modern Art Book, which is pretty much exactly what is sounds like: a catalog of every item on public display at the MoMA during a 12-day period, each rendered in a genial ink drawing. A page from Jason Polan’s The Every Piece of Art…

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Behind the Cover- March

We tried to collaborate with Peter Mendelsund last year but ran into scheduling conflicts. Then I saw five of his book covers at the AIGA’s 50/50 exhibition, and it reminded me to reach out to him again. We asked him to create an image to represent our product issue, which is centered around localism. Peter came back with a flurry…

Keep It in the Closet

Admit it. Your grandmother is more ecologically correct than you. I know mine is. A holiday never passed without her telling me to be careful not to rip the wrapping paper—“I can use it again,” she’d boast. Along those thrifty lines, the branding gurus at the architecture firm Miloby Ideasystems have come up with a parcel that keeps on giving….

Stand Clear: Opening the Doors on MTA’s 40th

The greatest democratic space in all of New York may be under our feet. This was the idea behind the speech delivered last Monday by Elliot G. Sander, executive director of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. “The terminals and stations of the MTA are…for people from all walks of life,” he explained to more than 900 people who came to hear…

Support Your Library, Eat Your Lawn

On a very rainy Friday night last week in New York City, a large audience gathered at the main branch of the New York Public Library to find fresh vegetables (asparagus, lettuce, potatoes) weighing down programs on their seats. They had come for a taste of the affable Fritz Haeg, author of the new Metropolis Book Edible Estates: Attack on…

Walking Dictionaries

You might be surprised to learn that, until recently, there was no real dictionary of design—nothing, in print form anyway, devoted solely to the specialized terminology of design disciplines. Last night, however, saw the celebration of just such a book—titled, appropriately, Design Dictionary: Perspectives on Design Terminology (Birkhäuser)—at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, a space-agey addition to the New…

Our Cups Runneth Over

There’s nothing quite like the lure of alcohol to drag New Yorkers from their homes on a cold, wintry night. That, at least, is the conclusion one might draw from the capacity crowd that showed up last Thursday evening in the basement of the Museum of Arts & Design for a lecture on the history of the drinking vessel. Jennifer…

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