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Live@ICFF: JETRO

Last year, the Japan External Trade Organization arrived at ICFF with a huge exhibition that took up an entire annex pavilion to the main Javits floor. Many curious fairgoers got their first look at products like Naoto Fukasawa’s famed Infobar…

Live@ICFF: Designboom Mart

The Designboom Mart often acts as ICFF’s palate cleanser. When the glossier offerings on the show floor start feeling like too slick a pitch, it can be refreshing to see a group of mostly young designers selling their own inexpensive…

Live@ICFF Schools: Parsons

If you needed proof that the rudiments of punning are a crucial part of any design student’s curriculum, look no further than the booth for Parsons’s School of Constructed Environments, where the theme is Flow. On one table, there’s Currentcy,…

Live@ICFF Schools: ArtFuture

ArtFuture’s booth brought a bit of St. Petersburg to the Javits with designs that played off of the traditional Russian nesting doll, or matryoshka. The shapely silhouette (actually imported from Japan in the late-19th century) was used to great effect…

Live@ICFF Schools: Yale School of Architecture

The Yale School of Architecture isn’t exactly known for producing industrial designers. (It’s the Yale School of  Architecture, after all.) But Joshua Rowley, who cotaught the elective seminar “Chair as Crucible,” which had students design and build a one-off seat…

Live@ICFF Schools: Pratt Institute

I was a little worried when I saw the title of Pratt’s exhibition (a collaboration with the furniture giant Herman Miller): Empathy for Culture. Like oatmeal, it sounded a little bland and a little mushy, and I had the strong…

Live@ICFF Schools: Konstfack

Konstfack’s booth is notable for showing the work of just three students, Bengt Brümmer (middle), John Astbury, and Karin Wallenbäck, who met at the Swedish school last year and together make up What’s What Collective. Their designs—a trio of lamps…

Live@ICFF Schools: MICA

In the ICFF student yearbook, the Maryland Institute College of Art, or MICA, would be the crunchy freshman in Birkenstocks, brandishing a Lonely Planet guide to Cambodia. The school’s low-tech exhibition, also called MICA (for Material Inspired Concepts & Artifacts),…

Beginning to See the Light?

As Suzanne LaBarre reported last month, many local governments are taking a chance on LEDs to improve the energy efficiency of their cities' infrastructure. But they've already run into problems with high up-front costs and foot-dragging utilities (to say nothing…

Top Prize

Emporis.com picks the Cocoon skyscraper, in Tokyo, as 2008's best.

Made of Money

Karten Design finds a novel way to shine a light on the global economic slowdown.

Elizabeth Peyton Totally in the Tank for Obama

In honor of the Best President-elect Ever and his big night, the New Museum has just announced that it is adding a new painting of Michelle Obama to its fantastic exhibition Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton. Showing the future First Lady…

Early Bird

A new film on Herzog & de Meuron's Olympic architecture has its New York premiere.

Brand New Bag

A new happening at the New York design shop Kiosk asks for your tired, your poor, your huddled plastic bags.

Office Warfare

The YouTube video of an office worker snapping could be a shot across the bow for Michigan.

Inside Job

After six years under the guidance of Toshiko Mori, Harvard University's Graduate School of Design has a new chair.

Art Gone Bad

A museum in Massachusetts celebrates the best of the worst and they need your help.

Dog's Breakfast

It was gray all over New York City yesterday morning, except perhaps on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The latest splashy sculptures in Jeff Koons’s Celebration series make their debut at the museum today, and yesterday the…

More Songs About Buildings and Food

On Monday night, the specter of Goethe haunted New York’s Thalia Theatre, at Symphony Space, which hosted a program exploring the convergence of music and architecture. Organized by the composer Victoria Bond, Shaping Sound: Architects, Composers and Concert Halls featured…

Siteless, but Not Aimless

Imagine Learning from Las Vegas as illustrated by Chris Ware, and you'll get a sense of François Blanciak’s marvelously inventive new book, Siteless: 1001 Building Forms (The MIT Press, 2008). Blanciak, a French architect who has worked alongside Peter Eisenman,…

Building Art at the Armory

Courtesy Olaf Breuning At this year’s Armory Show, which ended last month, a Mapplethorpe diptych of Philip Johnson was prominently hung near the entrance. It could hardly have been a coincidence. Design is increasingly swallowed up by the art world,…

Factory Rust

Let’s say you’re hankering for some New Order. And not the acid-house-tinged stuff from the late 1980s—you want the classics. So you order the singles compilation Substance from the iTunes store, and within no time, you’re dancing in your bedroom…

Our Cups Runneth Over

There’s nothing quite like the lure of alcohol to drag New Yorkers from their homes on a cold, wintry night. That, at least, is the conclusion one might draw from the capacity crowd that showed up last Thursday evening in…

This Just In

Last Thursday, I got a sneak peak inside the Newseum, a $450-million shrine to the Fourth Estate that opens this spring in Washington, D.C. Designed by the New York architecture firm Polshek Partnership, the Newseum (news plus museum—get it?) sits…

British Invasion

Last night, Tom Dixon finally landed in America. His new retail space at New York’s ABC Carpet & Home—called SHOP—officially hung out its shingle with a cocktail party meant to hint, delicately, at the London-based designer’s Anglo background. There were…

Duel Diagnosis

It wasn’t exactly the Rumble in the Jungle, but a recent architectural duel in Williamsburg certainly offered a lesson in contrasts. Sponsored by LVHRD, the annual event pits two pairs of young architects against each other in a timed model-building…