Author: Mason Currey

Clean Water Act

Visit the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, in Rotterdam, by February 5, and you may leave with an unlikely souvenir: bottled water. Since November, artists Lucy and Jorge Orta have been pumping murky brownish liquid into the museum from a nearby…

At the Parsons Table with Bruce Mau

Bruce Mau is, by any standard, a pretty spectacular optimist. As the driving force behind Massive Change: The Future of Global Design, an enormous, multi-venue exhibition on the intersection of design, technology, culture, science, and civilization, he promoted the airy…

TV Frame

Featuring the work of three visual luminaries, Colorcalm’s “By Design” DVD turns flat-screen TVs into frames for ambient artworks. Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom presents shifting vertical bands of color that are based on works by artists from Caravaggio to…

Vivian Loftness: Interior Design

If someone asked you to describe the contemporary American workplace, intelligent is probably not a word you would use. Sure, the typical office hums with an impressive array of technology, but the physical environment—the fluorescent-lit landscape of cubicles and computer…

Fresh Morphosis

Thom Mayne, once considered the “bad boy” of contemporary architecture, is now 61 years old and, by his own estimation, finally calming down. “I remember when I was 45, I was just a raving maniac,” Mayne said in lecture at…

Parachute Pavilion Inspires Delirious Designs

At the Van Alen Institute’s Parachute Pavilion exhibition, over 100 design proposals are mounted on boards jutting from the gallery wall like the pages of a giant sketchbook. Leafing through them reveals a dizzying array of ideas—ranging from the pragmatic…