Author: Julie Taraska

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…