Daniela Morell

Looking for a Restaurant in Downtown Chicago?

Every year Chicago stakes a new claim on America’s dining map. In repurposed architectural spaces, indoors and out, large plates and small, the Windy City just keeps getting tastier. Check out our listings online and be sure to pick up your own copy of Taste of the Town at NeoCon.

Hair-Raising Thoughts on Thermal Regulation

Charles Lee is using nature to inspire his designs even as he marches into digital territory. The 2008 Next Generation runner up will be presenting his paper “ The Thermal Organism and Architecture” at the Association for Computer-Aided Design in…

Growing Full Steam Ahead

Chris Reed has a lot going on these days. A runner up in the 2004 Next Generation competition for Phyto-Harvesting: the new civic garden, his firm Stoss Landscape Urbanism was recently named a finalist in the 2008 Cooper-Hewitt National Design…

Looking for a Bar in Wicker Park or Nearby?

The Violet Hour UPSCALE LOUNGE 1520 N Damen Ave 773-252-1500 theviolethour.com The extravagantly upscale lounge, colored in a serene blue and gray palette, features crown molding, crystal chandeliers, and high-backed leather chairs that designer Thomas Schlesser created especially to provide…

High Flying Design

Joseph Cory looks up for inspiration. From that vertical mentality came i-Rise, with collaborator Eyal Malka, which was a runner up in the 2007 Next Generation® Design Competition. With a new 1:20 scale model of the i-Rise on hand Cory…

Turning Poetry into Material

Abhinand Lath has transformed the solid wall into a glimmering surface that responds to movements and colors around it. His company, SensiTile, makes panels from optic light channels that are embedded in concrete. The result, inspired by an eleventh century…

Shelter from Taliesin to Manila

Lira Luis, runner up in the 2004 Next Generation® Design Competition for Portable Transient Shelter Pods, is chairing the digital visualization exhibit for the Taliesin 75th anniversary reunion, November 8-12 at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ. The event celebrates Frank…

Two Water Meters for Conservation

Two seperate Japanese design competitions inspired similar domestic water meters from young inventors on opposite sides of the globe. Yu Guoqun is an industrial designer in China who won a Silver Prize in the Nagoya Design Do! 2006 competition for…

A Piece of the Piezoelectric Pie

The idea that human motion can contribute back to the power grid is intriguing. So it’s natural to ask if, and how, the energy produced by our bodies in motion could contribute to our electricity needs. This notion seems to…

Seattle’s Shore Revisited

It’s not everyday that a comprehensive new vision for the urban fabric has an opportunity to blossom into reality, but a recent vote in Seattle has brought the dream that much closer for Cary Moon, Julie Parrett, and Grant Cogswell…

Keeping Up with The Living

The prolific design team of David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang known as The Living are keeping busy with their new projects that utilize open source design and responsive architecture. The pair— runners up in both the 2005 and 2006 Next…

Redesigning the Design Competition

Good design is being put to a new test as the necessity of attending to the human impact on the environment grows. Yet design competitions by and large have not risen to the task of creating new evaluation standards. The…

Martha Stewart Goes Experimental

Martha Stewart, queen of the creative home, is also a patron of experimental furniture. To offer her huge range of products, Stewart employs an arsenal of designers—a number of whom she culls from the Rhode Island School of Design(RISD). To…