Julie Taraska

Vitra to Launch Home Furnishings Line

In a return to its roots, German furniture company Vitra is readying a new line of domestic furnishings, Vitra at Home. Available in Europe in October and the U.S. in January 2005, the debut collection includes new designs by Jasper…

Buying into New U.K. Design Talent

Disposable newspaper dresses, lights made out of sheep stomachs, barbed wire decorated with butterflies: is this the future of design? Yes, according to London’s Design Museum. “Design Mart,” an exhibit held from Sept. 23-26 in the museum’s new Space, featured…

New Urbanism at the NEA: A Q&A with Jeff Speck

As the NEA’s newly appointed Director of Design, Jeff Speck supervises the panel selection and grant-making process in design, as well as oversees the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and Your Town programs. Formerly the director of town planning at…

Permission to Move

Konstantin Grcic’s Pro chair takes a radical approach to classroom furniture, insisting that students can’t—and maybe shouldn’t—sit still for hours at a time.

The Sweet Spot

Lured by higher margins and lower entry costs, young American product designers are making a profitable discovery: creating lights might provide the best business model around.

Making the Cut

A breakout effort by two young Salvadoran designers lends fresh flair to Bernhardt Design’s Global Edition collection.

The New Look of Luxury

Flouting the five-star mentality, Rabih Hage designs a unique London hotel around the refreshing premise that the best experiences cannot be standardized.

Bending the Reeds

Eric Chan’s bamboo armchair is not only a tribute to his native country, it’s a primer on the physical properties of one of our most renewable materials.

Local Inspirations

The Campana brothers have created an engaging body of work that’s both global and deeply tied to their Brazilian roots.

Industrial Evolution

Established & Sons is proving that, contrary to popular belief, Britain still has the manufacturing capability to produce high-end furniture.

BarberOsgerby: The New Modernists

The names Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby may not be familiar, but chances are you’ve seen their work. As BarberOsgerby, the pair, which met in 1992 at London’s Royal College of Art, have created furniture for Cappellini and Isokon Plus,…

MoMA’s Safety Check

What does it mean to be safe? Does it mean wearing a Kevlar vest that can stop bullets? Or having a waterproof tarp to live under and a machine to locate unexploded land mines? Does safety mean Homeland Security, barbed…

Designers: Help Katrina’s Victims

While the first waves of aid have arrived for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the disaster is far from over. It will be weeks before recovery and reconstruction efforts take root, and months before the area will be habitable again.…

How to Fix America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Like most Americans, you probably don’t think about our nation’s infrastructure—the public works that serve as the backbone of our country—until something goes wrong: you find yourself snarled in a traffic jam, or hear a report about a possible contaminate…

Philippe Starck’s Politique

When Philippe Starck premiered his Gun collection for Flos at Milan’s Salone de Mobile, there were two distinct reactions: those who found the 18-karat gold replicas a brilliant statement about war and greed, and those who dismissed the products as…

NeoCon 2005: A Fair to Remember

Now that NeoCon 2005 is history, let’s take a moment to pick apart the blur of showrooms, sales pitches, and stairs. As for trends, we spotted a few, including the integration of green design into products and business models, and…

NeoCon, Day 3: Interior Design at Work

As a nation of workaholics, Americans are continuing to spend far more time at the office than ever, literally making their workplace their second home. Since renovating our living spaces has become a national sport, it follows that the American…

NeoCon, Day 2: Eco Gets Entrenched

It’s hard not to worry that sustainable design is a trend, rather than an ingrained ethos. Sure, an area dedicated to green design is de rigueur at larger trade shows (NeoCon’s eco-component is called Greenlife), and there’s clear growth in…

NeoCon, Day 1: Surveying the Field

A flurry of press releases preceded this year’s NeoCon. And although the advanced warning spoiled some of the trade fair’s surprises (Italian tile maker Sicis is opening a Manhattan showroom! Herman Miller is making its sustainable Woodstalk fiberboard standard on…

ICFF 2005: What Was It All About?

Another edition of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair has come and gone, leaving us with inspiration, new friends, and tender feet. An early assessment of the fair points to some general trends, including eclecticism, material experimentation, and more sophisticated takes…

Next Foot Forward

Nike’s spring collection of sneakers tells us something about the state of industrial design—and the cultural forces shaping it.

The Multifaceted Ron Arad

Ron Arad creates functional high art. He would disagree with that description, waving it off as far too pretentious, but the fact remains that Arad designs furnishings, interiors, installations, public art, and buildings that are sensuous and sculptural, yet still…

You Are There: Cersaie ‘04

Tiles are the focus of Cersaie, the ceramic trade’s annual gathering in Bologna, Italy, where over 1000 exhibitors and 170,000 attendees descended Sept. 28-Oct. 3 to peruse the latest styles. The crowds were there not only to see the new…

Terence Conran on Design’s Past—and Its Future

Terence Conran has spent half a century showing that design, rather than a rarified expression, can be an experience in which all might partake. In his many guises—industrial and interior designer, publisher, author, restaurateur, property developer, town planner, retailer, and…

Parental Rites

After being approached to design a child-friendly restaurant, Frank Tjepkema had a counterintuitive idea: Why not create it for the parents instead? “There are already a lot of places for children—like McDonald’s—but nothing for parents,” says Tjepkema, an Amsterdam-based designer,…

Some Disassembly Required

With Think, Steelcase creates a comprehensive environmental strategy that reconfigures all aspects of the manufacturing process—from the chair’s initial conception to its eventual disassembly.

ICFF 2004: A Fair to Remember

Sad to say, but another edition of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) has come and gone. What did we think about what we saw? Our daily Live@ICFF postings covered many of our discoveries, including work by young talents like…

Greening Ground Zero—And Lower Manhattan

Imagine Lower Manhattan as a sophisticated network of pocket parks and green patches. Imagine Downtown’s forthcoming “Remembrance Garden,” dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11th attacks, joined by efforts to celebrate the living—to improve residents’ health and quality of…

The Economics of Eco-Friendly Land Development

Is a “green” property developer an oxymoron? Not in the case of Jonathan F. P. Rose. As president of Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a network of land-use planning and development firms, Rose designs and executes socially conscious real estate projects…

Murakami’s Mr. Pointy Rules Rockefeller Center

When he’s not collaborating with fashion designer Marc Jacobs, nor adding to his line of surreal, mass-market figurines, nor dreaming up psychedelic t-shirt designs, Takashi Murakami creates public art. For “Reversed Double Helix,” his installation running at New York’s Rockefeller…

Illustrating Peace, One Idea at a Time

Is there a link between peace, sustainability, and design? Chen Design Associates (CDA) thinks so. The San Francisco-based firm has produced Peace: 100 Ideas (CDA Press), a Chicken Soup for the Soul for the Jenny Holzer generation. Through collages, illustrations,…

Along the Line

We can see how the former East and West Berlins have developed since the Wall was torn down, but what has been the fate of the former center, the line through which the Wall used to run? Below is evid