Michael Silverberg

Home is Where “Houses” Is

A recent graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, Erica Wakerly had to hustle to have her first collection of modish wallpaper and textiles printed in time for ICFF. She designs and manufactures her own striking patterns, including “Angles,” a…

Reference

Rose-Colored Glasses This month, Paul Goldberger (www.paulgoldberger.com), the architecture critic of the New Yorker, looks back at terrible architectural predictions—for instance, George Gilder’s claim in 1995 that the metropolis was doomed: “The city, he said, was nothing but a tired…

Biblical Proportions

DESIGNERS Studio Job www.studiojob.nl Studio Job’s gilded new monograph, The Book of Job (Rizzoli, $150), is really two books bound together. One side is what you’d expect from the Dutch provocateurs: a greatest hits of their heroically scaled, multilayered design-art,…

Diamond in the Rough

ARCHITECT: Andre Kikoski Architect www.akarch.com When Andre Kikoski was hired to design a new facade for a pair of warehouses in Bushwick, a gritty, gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood, he wanted it to nod to the pointillist, technically challenging skin of Jean…

Broadway Opening

After years of living in the shadow of its acclaimed academic neighbor, Barnard College steps out into the spotlight with a glittering new student center.

Space Oddities

Imagine you are an industrial designer, and this brief lands on your desk: “To build a garment that will hold up under the most extreme circumstances”—so far, so good, you think—“without the astronaut dying.” Would you blanch? That, says the…

A New Old Thread

At this month’s Design Miami, tapestry, that fusty realm of unicorns and Renaissance battles, is staging a comeback. The exhibition Demons, Yarns and Tales—an unusual collaboration between 15 artists and Banners of Persuasion, a spin-off of the Rug Company—offers a…

Pet Project

Pet products are a natural lure for designers—judging from the Best in Show–style theatrics at August’s Pet Fashion Week NY, people are happy to dig deep in their wallets for ­­Fluffy’s Swarovski-studded throne. Fortunately, industrial-design preoccupations such as simple forms,…

Against Type

In 2006, when Josh Owen was charged with creating a stool for Casamania, his mind naturally drifted toward what he calls “object typologies.” An associate professor of industrial design at Philadelphia University, Owen takes an assiduously theoretical approach to design,…

Compilation Art

The Wolfsonian–Florida International University’s recent discovery of a lost 1936 oil painting by Lloyd Morgan, chief designer of Schultze & Weaver, was an odd and welcome revelation to scholars of the New York–based architecture firm. Jonathan Mogul, a curatorial research associate…

Green Watching

When Tad Fettig and Karena Albers, castaways from the world of commercial advertising (they met in Hawaii on a shoot for Degree deodorant), conceived of a show about eco-architecture, they imagined a small-bore project: “Sort of like This Old House…

Red, Blue, and Green States

Green architecture in the United States is as geographically polarized as the political landscape—and a look at  future eco-building sites suggests the trend will continue. The good news? More LEED projects on the horizon. Lots more.

Risom Redux

Among 91-year-old furniture designer Jens Risom’s extensive oeuvre, it’s hard to find an uncomely curve. But beyond his seminal pieces for Knoll, very little of his work is still in production. Two years ago Ralph Pucci International remedied the situation…

Jørgen Kastholm Dies at 76

Jørgen Kastholm, the Danish architect and furniture designer whose collaborations with the architect Preben Fabricus yielded such midcentury icons as the Grasshopper and Scimitar chairs, has died in Denmark after a short illness, according to the manufacturer Lange Production. He…

Less is More

A new furniture system aimed at the small-office market seeks to simplify the often daunting process of setting up shop.

Editor’s Pick: Self-Service

Sonja Marzoner, a student at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, created the Self-Service floor lamp as part of the school’s surrealist House Creatures collection, which aims to forge “a subtle emotional attachment” between object and owner. Besides providing for its…

Boys’ and Girls’

When designing the washroom of L’Atelier, a tiny new members-only lounge in Toronto’s trendy King West neighborhood, Antonio Tadrissi had to consider two powerful constituencies: men and women. Tadrissi, one of the club’s owners, wanted both sexes to gather in…

Notes from Wunderground

In the mid-1990s, fueled by cheap rent and the local art school, the crumbling warehouses of Providence, Rhode Island, birthed some of the most exciting art and music in the country. “It just sort of exploded here, and it exploded…

Natural Patterns

Among the many wallpaper designs at ICFF, Carly Margolis’s silk-screened patterns stand out for their graceful modernist take on natural environments. One illustration, of silhouetted birds perched atop spindly branches, depicts an actual tree near the Brooklyn office of Margolis’s…