Author: Mireille Hyde

Plain and Fancy

Since the Finnish government recommends wearing reflectors throughout the dark winter, designer Saara Renvall’s Kukka flower brooches are both practical and fanciful. They are made from the same reflective 3M material used for traffic signs, with a faceted pattern that…

ICFF’s Ongoing Success Spawns New NY Fairs

The 17th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), held this past May in New York, attracted a record-breaking number of visitors. Its success has given rise to plans for an off-site, supplementary trade show, the International Interiors NY (IINY), scheduled…

Art for Information’s Sake

Designing the welcoming signage for the Museum of Modern Art’s high-profile expansion posed a special challenge. “How can I generate something creative and cohesive that is still informative?” Mikon van Gastel, of Imaginary Forces, asked himself. Using a row of…

Scandinavian Design Defines Aquavit’s New Digs

This month, New York’s Aquavit reopened in a new location and with a significant redesign; now the restaurant’s celebrated, traditional Swedish cuisine is complemented by classic, mid-century Scandinavian furniture. Owner Håkan Swahn has long been passionate about the style, personally…

Unveiling the Forms Behind Fashion

Though clothing is generally thought of in terms of the wearer, certain extreme and wonderful designs can exist independently as works of art. Demonstrating this point is the exhibition Form Follows Fashion, which shows how certain pieces from avant-garde designers…