Behind the Scenes
Is it a blob, or is it a building? Technically, it is both! Technology has allowed for advancement in all aspects of life, and it has had a major impact on the design world. Over the past couple of decades, architects have been using technology to design unique, jaw-dropping buildings that push the boundaries of what the conventional building is. This new style of architecture is called blobitecture.
Few architects are as well known in America as Frank Lloyd Wright. Even for those that don’t follow architecture and design, most people will still at the very least recognize his name. This year Frank Lloyd Wright would have turned 150. To mark this anniversary, the New York MoMA is hosting a retrospective called Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive.
At first, when hearing of such a thing as a bath museum, one might imagine rows of various toilets, tubs and sinks with little plaques and historical blurbs—which could be interesting if you really nerd out on bathroom fixtures. However, for us design-driven folks, there is actually a bath museum where attendees can immerse themselves (at times, literally) in the world of water and modern decorative plumbing.
“Furniture that is too obviously designed is very interesting, but too often belongs only in museums.” So said Milo Baughman (1923-2003), a leading modern furniture designer of the mid and late 20th century. Perhaps no other statement he made about design can better encapsulate and convey the characteristic restraint and uncompromising good taste that pervaded his work throughout his career.
The home theater has become an important part of everyday life, bringing together family and friends for entertainment and relaxation. Having the proper set up includes getting this multi-functional piece just right: the media cabinet. Finding one with innovative engineering and modern design make the theater experience an even more rewarding experience in the home.
Last week, our team returned from Milan Design Week, a week-long event that includes the Milan Furniture Fair along with countless exhibits, product launches, installations and events all over the city. This is the design industry’s Superbowl—a chance to unveil fresh new designs, for up-and-coming creators to make their debut to the world and to gauge the ideas and concepts that will lead the design movement in the near future.
The six extra weeks of winter confirmed by our little groundhog friend Punxsutawney Phil gave us a little more time to get ready for spring, but the season is still coming in quickly. Getting ready for the season ahead usually means getting our outdoor spaces ready so we can maximize our time outside when the weather is (finally!) on our side.
This year marks a century for Florence Knoll herself, and in celebration, Knoll is rolling out new designs inspired by the original Florence Knoll Lounge Collection. Capturing the essence of her iconic designs, Knoll is updating the collection to meet the needs of today’s modern home.
Nestled into the coastal hills of California, you’ll find a stunning residence conceived as a sheltering nest with wings to lift and water to anchor and reflect the earth and sky. The Yorkville Residence, designed by architect Alan Nicholson, is now the home of two retired geo-physicists. Here’s a closer look:
Gus* is a brand that’s just as concerned with the environment as they are with style. Dedicated to supporting healthy forests, Gus* creates their simple, mid-century inspired designs using honest materials for eco-friendly furniture. These honest materials aren’t only good for the environment, but they help to promote healthy everyday living.