Laurie Manfra

Alvar’s Icon

On the occasion of its 70th anniversary, the company responsible for producing Aalto’s classic Savoy vase issues two new special editions.

Eco Chic

By branding her supermarket with boutique style, a young designer hopes to turn shoppers into accidental environmentalists.

Flash Light

For creative people in need of a flash of inspiration, Mark McKenna has created the Designer Emulation Kit, a little battery-powered light that mimics three iconic lamps—the Castigliones’ Arco, Richard Sapper’s Tizio, and Ingo Maurer’s Lucellino. For each version a…

Proto-Type

Artemy Lebedev was tired of relying on little stickers placed on the bottom right-hand corners of each key as he alternated between typing in the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets. In response to the frustrations expressed by multilingual typists like himself,…

Mutant Form

For those who would like to dance in hyperspace, L.A.-based architect Hernan Diaz Alonso is constructing a spiny parallel universe for the “Warm Up” series that brings DJs and live bands to the courtyard of the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center…

Light Years

From the patenting of the incandescent lightbulb in the nineteenth century to the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of light-emitting polymers (PLEDs) in 2000, new technologies have long challenged designers to refine the task lamp. In this time line we present eight…

Light Tiles

SmartSlab LED panels flaunt superior graphics for everything from small-scale interiors to billboards.

Report Disputes Extra Cost of Building Green

Do sustainable buildings cost more to construct? A report compiled by Lisa Fay Matthiessen and Peter Morris of cost-management firm Davis Langdon concludes that building green can have minimal affect—if any—on construction costs if sustainability goals are discussed and integrated…

Old Brooklyn Ice House Becomes Green Co-op

In Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood Benton Brown and his wife Susan Boyle are working to convert the former Nassau Brewery’s ice house into six residential loft spaces. He is a steel sculptor with experience in construction, while her background in…