Author: Jade Chang

Hope Flows

Fantini draws upon its legacy to right a small part of the world’s water inequalities.

Form is Function

If eco-guilt can’t cure Americans of wantonly tossing plastic water bottles—we use more than 30 billion a year—then maybe we’ll be saved by style. And smarts. Enter the Square bottle, with its stainless steel walls, ergonomic handle, and top and…

Dual Mode

An elegantly restored research library at UCLA brings the analog and digital worlds together.

Goodwill Mission

The designer Sami Hayek travels to remote villages in Mexico, engaging with local artisans to create a stunning new collection— and help preserve a way of life.

Mixing It Up

Working with a rotating group of artists and designers, the L.A.-based firm Commune relies on a gritty authenticity to create beautiful artifice.

Behind the Scenery

It took a staggering number of animators, puppet makers, set builders, and art directors to bring the feature film Coraline to life in stop-motion. Along the way, they proved that this lo-fi approach to animation is a sophisticated feat of design.

Bringing Design to the Getty

The head of Getty’s new Department of Architecture and Design talks about the institute’s extensive collection, its future, and unrealized Southern California design.