Author: Michael Silverberg

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…

Beyond the Skatepark

Montreal-based Furni’s founders and designers, Mike Giles and Devin Barrette, grew up skateboarding together, and they’ve wryly name-checked famed boarders in their inaugural line of sleek wooden clocks and acrylic bathroom accessories. One prototype analog clock featuring a retro flip-calendar…

LEGO Goes Out of the Box

LEGO’s low-tech, snap-together bricks have long nudged children toward play that is structured as much by imagination as by directions. But times and technologies change, as must toys. To update its system for the Internet age—and to commemorate the 50th…