Jonathan Ringen

On the Floor with InterfaceFLOR

The Atlanta-based Interface has been making contract and industrial carpet tiles for more than 30 years. However, it was only at last year’s ICFF that the company introduced a consumer line of their modular floor coverings. It’s a great idea:…

A Fabric that Morphs

It seems like magic: a textile that morphs between two completely different patterns depending on the angle from which it is observed. Wanda Miglus, the Providence, Rhode Island-based designer of the textile, declined to explain exactly how the weaving process…

Standard Desk and Wall Accessories

Julian Brown, the designer of Rexite’s playful plastic office supplies (like the Hannibal tape dispenser, which resembles an elephant) has now created for the company an entire system of desk and wall accessories. Standard, made from the same plastic as…

BEES: A Means to Measure Product Sustainability

When it comes to selecting sustainable materials, architects and interior designers are forced to make a lot of apples-and-oranges comparisons. This is because “sustainability” is an umbrella term that refers to many parameters of economic and environmental performance. Nylon Carpet…

National Agenda

He remade Milwaukee: now Mayor John Norquist will try reforming cities around the U.S. in his new role as leader of the Congress for New Urbanism.

Thoughts on the Two New Towers at Ground Zero

Earlier this month, a New York Times article headlined “A Signal of Rebirth Downtown” reported that “the horizon at Ground Zero has been broken for the first time since the ruins of the World Trade Center were hauled away.” The…

Wireless Evolution

No longer a dot-com pipedream, the “virtual office” finally works—and on a grand scale—at the new home of Norway’s telecom giant.

Three Wheelin’

In its native India the world’s largest manufacturer of scooters, Bajaj Auto Ltd., markets a three-wheel rickshaw much the same way SUVs are sold here: their catalog touts it as

FuggLight by Fugg

Like much of the lighting at the fair, the paper lamps made by new British designer Fugg toe the line between art and product. A number of artists have been commissioned to decorate the shades, but Jake Wood-Evans’s pencil drawing…

Exciting Lighting

Another young international lighting collective (members live in the UK and in New York), Seen the Light makes lighting that is at once artistic and functional. Fingerprint is a ceramic tile that, when touched, acts as a rheostat. It makes…