Point of View - Point of View February 2008


An Architect Abroad

For seven months in 1911, the 24-year-old Charles-Èdouard Jeanneret—later Le Corbusier—traveled through southern, central, and Eastern Europe, filling notebooks with his impressions and drawings. He considered it the most significant journey of his life. The vernacular architecture Jeanneret encountered along the way—cathedrals, mosques, peasant houses, the ruins of ancient Greece—cemented his decision to become an architect and profoundly influenced his…

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 on a rare undeveloped sliver of Pennsylvania Avenue, between the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House. Its seven floors…

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 platters of fish and chips, vegetarian bangers and mash, Welsh rabbit, and Pimm’s with ginger ale and slices of cucumber….

The Correal Life

At Greene Naftali, in New York, until March 15, gallerygoers will find the latest batch of work by Bjarne Melgaard, a semi-infamous Norwegian artist known for incorporating imagery from underground subcultures like heavy-metal music and S&M into his paintings and drawings. Lately, this imagery has migrated onto a new medium for the artist: furniture. Greene Naftali’s exhibition includes several examples…

Ben Katchor’s Playful Side

Attention Ben Katchor fans. After universally good reviews (including an unabashed rave by Ben Brantley in the New York Times) Ben’s musical, The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, or The Friends of Dr. Rushower, has extended its run at NYC’s Vineyard Theatre. The show, beautifully directed by Bob McGrath, with a subtle, hypnotic score by Mark Mulcahy, manages to accomplish…


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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 competition. In one corner: FXFowle, weighing in with a staff of 122, a satellite office in Dubai, and a résumé…

Behind the Cover- February

This month’s cover features British designer Tom Dixon. He sits in his Wingback chair inside Shoreditch House, a space he designed in London. There was the typical difficulty in setting up an overseas shoot during the holidays. But once the image came in, we were able to respond to photographer David Balhuizen’s set-up. His framing allowed us to carve out…

Design in the Time of Eros

As New York’s fashionistas eyed to the glitzy runways and celebutante-filled seats of Fashion Week, other designers set their sights on an entirely different locale–your bedroom. Condoms, it seems, were everywhere. A new graphic spin is put on the classic contraceptive by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America with Proper Attire condoms. The stylish packaging and discriminating (in a good…


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Philip Nobel’s Black Valentine

It’s Valentine’s Day—love is in the air, flowers and chocolates cover every workstation, happy couples are all aglow, and Metropolis contributing editor Philip Nobel has something to say. Though the magazine’s February issue does not go live on our site until next Wednesday (February 20th), I would be remiss if I didn’t give you a peek into Mr. Nobel’s anti-Cupid…

White Lights

Wästberg, a new Swedish lighting manufacturer, unveiled its first collection in Stockholm last week, with task lights by Jean-Marie Massaud, Claisson Koivisto Rune, James Irvine, and Ilse Crawford. Since then Crawford’s lamp in particular—dubbed the Studioilse w08—has been getting a lot of attention on design blogs. I can see why: the mix of colors and materials (porcelain shade, wooden arms,…


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Kids, Play With Your Water

Yves Béhar’s flair for child-focused design is having a bit of a ripple effect. Béhar, the founder of fuseproject, the designer of the XO laptop computer, and an occasional Google-gadget creator, is now making his mark on the children’s- beverage industry with the packaging for Y Water, a colorful, jack-shaped container with a dual purpose—first a bottle, then a toy….