Author: Shonquis Moreno

The New Piazza

A boldly modern cultural center invigorates an ailing Italian town—and could serve as a model for the entire country.

Retail Gold

A Brazilian program pairing designers and artisans produces covetable crafts—and a precious source of income.

The Miima: Low’s Bulkier Brother

Mikael Hoilund is a busy man. An architect, he designed the Danish contingent’s ICFF booths this year and last; a furniture designer, he is half of studio Dnmark.dk, which created last year’s lauded Low seat. Hoilund’s latest work is the…

Parsons Students Design for Non-Profits

This year seniors at Parsons School of Design were asked to develop designs by working with New York-based non-profit organizations. The results, like last year’s, were cleverly light-hearted in the face of troubled subjects. Working with the Metropolitan Transit Authority,…

Sustainable Design from Pratt Students

After a few minutes at one of the two Pratt Institute booths, I notice a box of chocolates. Designed by Linda Hsiao, the chocolates resemble bodily organs (nose, ear, heart, lungs, brain) and are dyed disturbingly organic colors. They’re somewhat…

Gubi’s Lounge Chair

Drawing upon a German technique for molding 3-D veneers, Copenhagen-based Gubi has created a new member for its seating line: a lounge chair. Like the Gubi chair and stool, the lounger has a broad, clean, arcing shell, the lips of…

Convivial Tools from Cranbrook Students

This year, Cranbrook Academy of Art students of all disciplines were given the brief to develop “convivial tools”: objects that encourage others to live more creative, autonomous, and socially and environmentally constructive lives. The resulting work, which is highly conceptual,…