Jade Chang

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 bottom lids. Created by a team of former Apple and Frog Design employees led by triathlete and industrial designer David…

Dual Mode

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

Beyond Sin City

The Smith Center offers a new civic life, and an indigenous architectural style, for Las Vegas.

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.

Ultimate Collector

Eli Broad wields his vast fortune like a blunt instrument—buying art, hiring architects, and shaping L.A. through a mix of civic vision and force of will.