Archinect - News 2017-03-29T09:14:02-04:00 Minimalism: another boring product wealthy people can buy Orhan Ayyüce 2017-03-05T15:09:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T14:52:25-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Minimalism is just another form of conspicuous consumption, a way of saying to the world: &lsquo;Look at me! Look at all of the things I have refused to buy!&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>I always thought domestic minimalism requires maximum household&nbsp;help, made of mostly immigrant domestic workers. So, whenever&nbsp;I see those shelter magazine pictures, I whisper "sonsofbitches, they are hiding something."</p> Bliss out to this tranquil video of an Eames Lounge Chair being assembled by hand Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-11T14:16:00-04:00 >2016-10-14T00:03:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's like the furniture version of ASMR. This short video from Vitra shows the materials of an Eames Lounge Chair coming together:</p><p></p><p>Mores Eames on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="A &ldquo;terrible, enjoyable bloody business&rdquo;: the influential films of Charles and Ray Eames" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A &ldquo;terrible, enjoyable bloody business&rdquo;: the influential films of Charles and Ray Eames</a></li><li><a title="Charles and Ray Eames Explain the Computer Revolution" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles and Ray Eames Explain the Computer Revolution</a></li><li><a title="Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames</a></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An Eames Chair Makeover for Charity</a></p></li></ul> designjunction brings immersive design experiences and its first open-air party to King's Cross Sponsor 2016-09-13T03:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T14:22:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designjunction</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>designjunction</strong></a> (22 &ndash; 25 September) is set to transform its new home in King&rsquo;s Cross into one destination full of immersive design concepts and stimulating experiences.</p><p>On Wednesday 21 September designjunction will host its first open-air party on Granary Square alongside headline partner Dezeen, and sponsored by EIZO. Expect street food from Real Food Festival, pop-up bars and live DJ sets from Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and Adventures in Paradise.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Throughout the show, the centrally located Granary Square will be home to eight giant Monopoly-style houses, filled with conceptual installations, creative projects and live activities.</p><p>Presenting its SmartHouzz concept, Houzz will demonstrate how to maximise urban living space through smart design, smart use of space and smart technology. Leading high-end kitchen and bathroom manufacturer, Dornbracht, will create an immersive installation &ndash; the Dornbracht Water Experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Specialising in visuall...</p> Preview 100% Design: This year’s highlights include Asif Khan and Ron Arad Sponsor 2016-09-09T03:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:50:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href=";id=208" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";id=208" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100% Design</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>100% Design, the UK&rsquo;s largest trade fair for architects and designers, returns once more to London Olympia. The show, with over 26,000 international visitors spending exceeding &pound;3.4 <em>billion</em> has a deserved reputation as the commercial heart of London Design Festival.</p><p>Over the past few years under show director William Knight, also responsible for Clerkenwell Design Week, the show has maintained a consistent focus on quality, driving 100% Design&rsquo;s&nbsp;wider role of delivering international trade for London and the UK&rsquo;s design sector. Along with a much appreciated move to the spectacular London Olympia, this has seen its unrivalled talks programme increase its reputation as the place to hear industry leaders and current trends as well as take part in the best professional development seminars.</p><p>This year is no exception, with an impressive talks line-up, which has been curated by the Design Museum as part of its &lsquo;on loan&rsquo; campaign. The programme com...</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Bedroom Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-09-02T15:16:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T00:16:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Bedroom Spaces</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apartment T</a> in Como, Italy by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arkham Project</a>; Photo: Marcello Mariana</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cape Tribulation House</a> in Daintree, Australia by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">m3architecture</a>; Photo: Peter Bennetts</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Binocular House</a> in Ghent, NY by Michael Bell Architect; Photo: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bilyana Dimitrova Photography</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vinegar Hill</a> in Brooklyn, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">General Assembly</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loft</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LINEOFFICE Architecture</a>; Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grand Street Loft 1</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Space4Architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Riviera</a> in Santa Barbara, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Weber Architecture</a>; Photo: Erin Feinblatt</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete House</a> in Johannesburg, South Africa by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nico van der Meulen Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laurentian Ski C...</a></p> "designjunction has always been a place for visitors to discover the latest trends" - Managing Director Deborah Spencer tells us what to expect at this year's designjunction Ellen Hancock 2016-08-11T11:51:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:12:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="641" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>designjunction is now in its sixth year &ndash; what did you originally set out to achieve with the exhibition? Has that changed?</strong></p><p>At the time (back in 2011) when we launched designjunction, we felt London was missing a commercial show with more creative energy and a greater relevance to the A&amp;D community.&nbsp; A place where you could business but in a more relaxed environment.</p><p>Our mission was simple, we wanted to break the mould of the traditional trade show by taking over ambitious locations on the brink of transformation in central London.</p><p>We wanted to present the best cutting-edge design within a carefully curated space, striking the perfect balance between creative and commercial.</p><p>Over the course of six years, we have built up a reputation for occupying some of the most ambitious and challenging spaces in London from a 40,000 sq ft disused sorting office to a derelict design school last year.</p><p>The move to King&rsquo;s Cross is an important step in our nomadic evolution, as we continue to raise the ba...</p> 'Adopt an Object' campaign announced by London's Design Museum Ellen Hancock 2016-08-08T13:37:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:17:02-04:00 <img src="" width="515" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an attempt to help raise the final &pound;1 million needed to cover construction costs of their new Kensington High&nbsp;Street home, the Design Museum in London have launched a fundraising campaign, Adopt an Object.&nbsp;</p><p>For &pound;5, each adopter will receive&nbsp;a personalised thank you film showing an iconic&nbsp;object from the Design Museum's permanent collection making it's way from Shad Thames to the new site in Kensington. Twelve films have been commissioned for the project including a pair of Louboutin heels riding a tube and a Dyson Vacuum crossing the road.&nbsp;</p><p>The new museum is due to open on 24 November and will include a free permanent collection as well as two temporary&nbsp;spaces.&nbsp;</p><p>Terence Conran, founder of the Design Museum commented:&nbsp; 'We are about to move from Shad Thames to new, bigger premises in Kensington, where all our dreams and ambitions to create the best and most important design museum in the world will become a step closer to reality. It will make my long lifetime in design absolutely wo...</p> Unique seating for the Philharmonie de Paris: How to create a seat with low acoustic absorption for a perfect symphony hall Sponsor 2016-07-20T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T17:27:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Figueras International Seating</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><em>The building of the <strong>Philharmonie de Paris</strong>, designed by Jean Nouvel, is a unique architectural work in the Parc de La Villette in the French capital. The seating installed inside was specifically created for the hall by Jean Nouvel in partnership with <a href=";utm_medium=Newsletter%20Archinet%20728x90&amp;utm_campaign=000007000596" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Figueras</a>. Up to 10 acoustic tests, in laboratories in Paris and Barcelona, were needed to achieve the desired product.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Jean Nouvel gave the Philharmonie concert hall a unique shape, as it is an adjustable space that surrounds the spectator. The Grande Salle of the <a href=";utm_medium=Newsletter%20Archinet%20728x90&amp;utm_campaign=000007000596" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Philharmonie</em></a> is not designed in a &ldquo;vineyard&rdquo; or &ldquo;shoebox&rdquo; shape like traditionally. The Grande Salle starts a new model, enveloping and moveable. Jean Nouvel chose a unique solution to offer a total and enveloping experience, placing the spectators in hanging balconies at different heights. In this way, they are immersed in the hall with the feeling of heading toward the orchestra. The sound literally wraps each of ...</p> Iconic furniture, art, tableware and even a sausage grinder: hundreds of lots from Philip Johnson's Four Seasons head to auction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-13T13:33:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T13:38:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you've got a few thousand dollars lying around and want to grab a piece of lunchroom history, now's your chance.</p><p>Perfectly summed up by <em>Vanity Fair</em>&nbsp;as &ldquo;Absolute ground zero for power lunching&rdquo;, Philip Johnson and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's iconic Four Seasons restaurant will end its lease in Mies' Seagram building this summer.&nbsp;While the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designation from the The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission</a> protects the interior of the restaurant from any structural changes, the Four Seasons <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">still has to unload</a> an awful lot of bespoke furniture and tableware&mdash;everything from salt cellars to wine glasses to barstools and serving carts.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Over 800 pieces and sets from the Four Seasons kitchen and dining areas will be auctioned off on July 26 in New York. Rifling off just a few of the items and estimated values, there are:&nbsp;Garth and Ada Louise Huxtable flatware and serving carts ($1,000-1,500 for a set for 12, same estimate for 1 cart),&nbsp;Hans J. Wegner chairs ($2,000-3,000 for a set of t...</p> Why Modern Furniture Is Here to Stay Sponsor 2016-07-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-07-15T17:37:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><img title="" alt="" src=""><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modani Furniture</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Modern furniture has progressed into a timeless and valuable interior design staple. When people think of modern, they normally associate sky-high prices. But huge furniture names developed the concept of affordability in the modern furniture world, and smaller brands like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modani Furniture</a> have kept the concept thriving. As most trends come and go, modern has taken a permanent seat as a design classic whose style, materials, and colors are meant to last.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Easy to identify due to its clean aesthetic and versatility, modern furniture stays away from the ornate, making it uncomplicated and functional. In turn, modest or minimalist pieces hold a high value because &ldquo;simple&rdquo; never goes out of style. Modern design is infamous for grounding rooms by using neutral colors and creating an interior that can constantly be added to. Because these staples are so versatile, adding trendy ornamentation can easily accentuate modern d&eacute;cor.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Essentially, inv...</p> IKEA recalls over 35 million MALM and other dressers and chests due to child fatalities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-30T18:30:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T18:19:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Well that's a downer. In response to multiple child deaths resulting from their distinctive particleboard units tipping over,&nbsp;IKEA is offering a full refund or a free wall-mounting kit for any MALM dresser or chest, and additional&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">models</a>, made between January 2002 and June 2016. In total, that affects more than 35 million pieces of furniture sold in the U.S. and Canada.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the&nbsp;U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the unstable units pose&nbsp;"a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or serious injuries to children." Last year, after two reported child deaths in 2014, IKEA announced that it would offer wall-anchoring repair kits to owners for free. Two additional deaths after the 2015 announcement prompted IKEA to go full-recall, asking consumers to stop using the units entirely, and keep them away from children.</p><p>According to the CPSC, one child dies every two weeks from furniture or TVs tipping over, and one is injured every 24 minutes. More i...</p> Architecture in the age of transparent hostility Alexander Walter 2016-06-27T15:14:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T14:04:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the growing trend towards hostile architecture now openly admitting its political incentives, are we in an age of transparent hostility? [...] Whereas other instances of hostile architecture are marked by their deliberate obscurity, the Camden Bench was developed, constructed and deployed in plain sight, making it an all too visible reminder of persistent negligence, raising the question: will hostile architecture become an accepted feature of the built environment?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAPD directs officers to treat homeless people &ldquo;with compassion&rdquo; in new vague policy</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of paranoia</a></li></ul> Modernist treasures from Philip Johnson's iconic Four Seasons Restaurant headed for auction Alyssa Alimurung 2016-06-15T15:48:00-04:00 >2016-06-15T15:48:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now that the iconic restaurant&rsquo;s impending demise is only weeks away, its furniture, tableware, and custom-made Knoll furniture will be included in the 500 lots headed for auction next month on July 26. News had surfaced last summer when Seagram Building owner Aby Rosen did not renew the lease for the quintessential Midtown &ldquo;power lunch&rdquo; spot for the last decades of the 20th century since it opened in 1959.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Additional background on this news can be found here:&nbsp;<a title="Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules</a></p> Inside Barkow Leibinger's Serpentine Pavilion Summer House Ellen Hancock 2016-06-10T15:06:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T01:21:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"For us it's a prototype. For us, a prototype means it will have another life,&rdquo; &ldquo;Right now, our summer house operates at a scale of something maybe like furniture or something like a small building, but a prototype is something that has a resonance, it's something that lives beyond its four months here, that will occur on a different scale, in a different place.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Barkow Leibinger's &nbsp;Summer House is constructed with four structural bands made from plywood and timber. The piece is grounded by a bench, then strengthened by three central curves with a double layered free flowing cantilevered roof.&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The duo known for their research-led process and playful style pay tribute to the similarly playful William Kent structure that once stood on a nearby manmade hill. When in use the small structure provided panoramic views of the park while at the same time mechanically rotating 360 degrees.&nbsp;</p><p>The Summer House equally provides innumerable views and is particularly expressive in the changing light; continually offering new lines and shapes with the recast shadows. The surging curves are expressively fluid and trace the movements of something reminiscent of an initial sketch. An idea paused in time.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Sitting within the structure you feel part of the architectural process; a structure Frank Barlow described as, &ldquo;a dialogue and a continuation&rdquo;.</p><p>Archinect's U.K ...</p> Herzog & De Meuron's Schaudepot opens at the Vitra Campus Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-03T20:42:00-04:00 >2016-06-05T02:45:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Hidden for decades until today, the extensive collection of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vitra</a>&mdash;one of the most influential names in modern furniture design&mdash;is now on public display in a brand new building designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>:&nbsp;Schaudepot.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As the latest addition to the Vitra campus, Schaudepot&rsquo;s front yard connects it to its neighbors, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>&rsquo;s Fire Station and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Aacute;lvaro Siza</a>&rsquo;s factory buildings. From the front, it appears monolithic and earthen, its brick exterior and windowless facade giving away little of the impressive collection of over 20,000 objects inside. In addition to serving as a conservational space for &ldquo;key objects&rdquo; in Vitra&rsquo;s collection, Schaudepot also includes a new cafe and shop, both accessible by the building&rsquo;s south end through a new public entry point into the campus.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Inside, a window between the main hall and lower ground (where the collection resides) allows visitors to sneak a peek of repository, and its crowning jewel: &ldquo;The centrepiece of the Schaudepot is a permanent exhibitio...</p> Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 - Top Picks Ellen Hancock 2016-05-24T10:43:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T00:30:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s that time of year when London's design district opens its doors to the public for Clerkenwell Design Week and shows the rest of London and the design industry what it has to offer. An impressive showcase of distinct and accomplished talent the three-day event spans; furniture and product design, interior design as well as architecture. This year&rsquo;s event includes over 120 spaces and directly engages 100 local businesses.</p><p>For its seventh year the team have employed the help of local architects OMMX to create a new masterplan that navigates visitors and links eight temporary exhibitions as well as commissioned installations.&nbsp;<br><br>With so much creativity on show we thought we would make a few suggestions.&nbsp;Here are Archinect's top recommendations:&nbsp;<br><br><strong>Open Showrooms - open throughout the festival</strong><br><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Domus&nbsp;</strong></a><br>50 Great Sutton Street<br>EC1V 0DF</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Fr&ouml;vi&nbsp;</strong></a><br>Broad Yard<br>Turnmill Street<br>EC1M 5RR</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Herman Miller&nbsp;</strong></a><br>102-108 Clerkenwell Road<br>EC1M 5SA</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Knoll&nbsp;</strong></a><br>91 Goswell Road<br>EC1V 7EX</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Morgan&nbsp;</strong></a><br>1 Dallington Street<br>EC1V 0BH<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Exhibitions...</strong></p> Win two tickets to 'Conversations at Clerkenwell' as part of Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 Ellen Hancock 2016-05-21T00:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T19:19:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In conjunction with this years <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clerkenwell Design Week</a>, we are giving away two free tickets to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Reimagining a design icon: The transformation of the Commonwealth Institute into the new Design Museum</strong></a>&nbsp;talk as part of Conversations at Clerkenwell.&nbsp;</p><p>The new Design Museum will reopen its doors on the 24 November this year in a brand new home &ndash; the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington. The complex, a unique 1960s Grade II* listed building which has stood vacant for over a decade, is being transformed by a design team led by John Pawson. &nbsp;Join Senior Architect Chris Masson, the Design Museum Deputy Director Alice Black and Roger Cunliffe, who ran the original Commonwealth Institute design team, as they reflect on this once-in-a-lifetime design project.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Clerkenwell Design Week provides a world-class showcase of leading UK and international designers, brands and companies across showroom events, exhibitions, live talks, workshops and installations and opens this Tuesday 24th until Thursd...</p> Is BrickBox reductive modular design or flex-space genius? Julia Ingalls 2016-04-26T13:37:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T23:37:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Shelve your "bigger than a breadbox" jokes&mdash;literally. The BrickBox, a storage unit made from marine grade&nbsp;birch plywood, can be used a shelf, a room-divider, or even as porous furniture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Each unit has cut-out handles and nylon connectors that can lock into the grooves of other units without the use of screws. One can accessorize with wheels, doors, and legs.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Is this great design, or is the austere laminate box reminiscent of boiled-down IKEA?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For all the latest in experimental furniture design news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leftover inspiration: the construction aesthetic of "Chair 6.0"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opendesk, cracking the production code for open-source furniture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque</a></li></ul> Put your furniture design skills to the test in eVolo's 2016 VMODERN Competition Archinect 2016-04-25T15:38:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:42:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Are you currently working on a furniture project that you're yearning to showcase? Or maybe you're an architect who wants to challenge your skills in a different design discipline. Now's your chance to submit your ideas to the 2016 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VMODERN Furniture Design Competition</a>! Created by eVolo Magazine (the same people that established the annual Skyscraper Competition), VMODERN wants to explore the future of furniture design.</p><p>Designers worldwide are invited to submit their most creative and thought-provoking ideas for pieces of furniture that reinvent how we live and interact with our everyday environment.</p><p>Submitted ideas can be in production, prototypes, and/or concepts in the following categories: Seating (chairs, recliners, stools, etc.), Planes (beds, coffee tables, desks, etc), and Lighting (ceiling lamp, floor lamp, wall lamp, etc.)</p><p>Sign up during the Early Registration period now until July 19 (fee is US$75). Late registration deadline is September 20, and all submissions are due Septe...</p> The '80s strike back: Memphis and the rebirth of postmodernism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-18T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T01:06:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>postmodernism can be summed up in a single word: Memphis. Although architectural incarnations such as Graves&rsquo;s Portland Building in Oregon and Philip Johnson&rsquo;s Chippendale-topped AT&amp;T Building (now the Sony Tower) in New York generated heated discussion, it was the spectacle of Memphis objects that catapulted postmodern design into the public eye. [...] postmodern designs, most often from Memphis affiliated names, are gaining market momentum</p></em><br /><br /><p>The cycle continues.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="8 Reasons You Will Also Like Postmodern Architecture In 2016" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8 Reasons You Will Also Like Postmodern Architecture In 2016</a></li><li><a title="Can Helmut Jahn's Thompson Center be saved?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Helmut Jahn's Thompson Center be saved?</a></li><li><a title="Postmodern No 1 Poultry divides architects in debate over recent heritage" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Postmodern No 1 Poultry divides architects in debate over recent heritage</a></li><li><a title="More is more: the gaudy genius of the late Deborah Sussman" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More is more: the gaudy genius of the late Deborah Sussman</a></li><li><a title="Portland Building still controversial after 30 years" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland Building still controversial after 30 years</a></li></ul> Utopian dreams; London's first Design Biennale reveals its opening theme Ellen Hancock 2016-03-25T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-03-25T13:39:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London&rsquo;s inaugural Design Biennale is set to open at Somerset House this September, based around the idea of Utopia to coincide with the venue&rsquo;s year-long events programme. The biennale is headed up by London Design Festival director Ben Evans, biennale director Christopher Turner, former editor of Icon, and London Design Festival co-founder Sir John Sorrell. More than 30 countries are taking part in the event.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Representing the UK will be the design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby best known for designing the London 2012 Olympic Games Torch and their work with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vitra</a>. Their installation will be curated by London's Victoria and Albert Museum.</p> If "Ren and Stimpy" had a line of furniture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-23T17:59:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:04:33-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kahn&rsquo;s material irreverence and cheeky sense of humor have already amassed him a following, with commissions from luxury clients like Dior. [...] Kahn&rsquo;s creations, which range from inflated chandeliers to slouching concrete side tables, bring to mind the playfully haphazard aesthetic of &rsquo;90s Nickelodeon cartoons</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looking for more ... nontraditional furniture? Check out: &nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print #40: Alexandra Lange's "Power Positions" from Dirty Furniture, issue #2</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Between art and design: rethinking function with Hand Job Gallery Store</a></li><li><a title='"Charles and Ray Eames, meet Freddy Krueger": artist creates deformed furniture' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Charles and Ray Eames, meet Freddy Krueger": artist creates deformed furniture</a></li><li><a title="Finally, self-parking office chairs" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finally, self-parking office chairs</a></li></ul><p>For those in New York City, Kahn has an upcoming show, "Return of Saturn, Coming of Age in the 21st Century", at Friedman Benda (515 W. 26th St.). The show runs February 25 - April 9.</p> Designing a transparent chair for toy storage Julia Ingalls 2016-02-17T17:05:00-05:00 >2016-02-17T17:54:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The "Mom" chair is a kid-sized acrylic seat with an opening on top where kids can drop their toys. It makes the dreaded toy clean-up exceedingly simple&mdash;and looks damn good to boot&mdash;but the true genius is in its transparency. Unlike opaque storage systems, toys can be easily spotted and dug out from within its clear walls.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Anyone who has lived through the chaos of a child playing (the point of which can seem to be to maximally distribute their toys across a given floor area) will appreciate this inventive, highly functional design by Carlo Contin:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>For more of Furniture February:&nbsp;</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Very refined; it&rsquo;s like a jewel" &ndash; a look at former architect Jader Almeida's new furniture collection</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waka Waka's furniture strikes a balance between simplicity and playfulness</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque</a></li></ul> Finally, self-parking office chairs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-16T18:21:00-05:00 >2016-02-17T13:39:16-05:00 <img src="" width="530" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>To demonstrate an alternate application of their "parking assist" technology, Nissan has outfitted a herd of office chairs to find their own way back to their desks. With a single clap, the chairs swivel and move into position, like the obedient office drones that they are &ndash; watch below:</p><p></p><p>Of course, this technological application is not setting out to solve the controversial issue of runaway chairs. It's an example of how ubiquitous the tech for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">autonomous vehicles</a> could become (or is becoming, as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">regulations slowly allow it onto the highway</a>), and a way to familiarize consumers with its very idea at a smaller, more accessible scale.</p><p><em>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Contemporist</a></em></p><p>More from the driverless-desk:</p><ul><li><a title="The Ehang passenger drone might be another way people will get around town someday" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ehang passenger drone might be another way people will get around town someday</a></li><li><a title='"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li><li><a title='The "algorithmic dreams" of driverless cars, and how they might affect real-world urban design' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "algorithmic dreams" of driverless cars, and how they might affect real-world urban design</a></li></ul> "Very refined; it’s like a jewel" – a look at former architect Jader Almeida's new furniture collection Nicholas Korody 2016-02-09T20:26:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T23:22:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A joint venture with star Brazilian furniture designer Jader Almeida is bringing a new dimension to the luxury furnishings brand Artefacto. For Paulo Bacchi, the 47-year-old Brazilian CEO of Artefacto USA and brand advisor to Artefacto Brazil, the curvy seats, low round wood tables, minimalist lighting fixtures, and other iconic designs of the 35-year-old Almeida add a young, cosmopolitan flair to his company and its stylish, sustainably sourced, mansion-worthy wares.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Jader Almeida is a Brazilian designer born in the state of Santa Catarina in 1981, where he still maintains his office. Educated as an architect, Almeida has made a name for himself in the world of furniture design, garnering numerous awards.</p><p>In this interview, Almeida talks alongside Paulo Bacci, the CEO of the luxury furnishings brand Artefacto, about their new collaboration. We've put together some of the better bits of the interview between images from the new collection.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>"The ambiance of Miami is close to my city, Florianopolis, an island in the south of Brazil. It has the beaches&mdash;it&rsquo;s vibrant. My pieces are timeless. They can mix with the old and new Miami style."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>"A chair is like a prosthesis&mdash;it extends the body. The lines follow the curves of the body. You can feel that when you use my product."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>"The more time that passes, the more the people like [my furniture]. They get an emotional relationship with the product."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>February is furniture month here on Archinect! Send us your furn...</em></p> "The best posture is the next posture" – Galen Cranz's body-conscious sociology on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #10 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-08T18:52:00-05:00 >2016-02-16T18:22:38-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In line with&nbsp;this month's "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Furniture</a>"&nbsp;theme, I speak with Galen Cranz, an architecture professor at UC Berkeley specializing in body-conscious design. Cranz is trained in the "Alexander Technique" &ndash; a method for "correcting" the body's poor habits of movement, that can limit self-awareness in a space.</p><p>Before coming to Cal to teach architecture, Cranz received her PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago, influencing&nbsp;her pedagogy of architecture and furniture&nbsp;to&nbsp;primarily be about how humans occupy designs, and how social hierarchies emerge from those conventions.</p><p>Listen to One-to-One #10 with <strong>Galen Cranz</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p>Peter Opsvik's Gravity chair&nbsp;&darr;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Oscar Newman's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Defensible Space</em></a>&nbsp;(1972)</p><p>Le Corbusier's lounge chair&nbsp;&darr;</p><p><strong><img alt="" src=""></strong></p><p>Jane Jacobs...</p> For Alvar Aalto's 118th b-day, a museum extension + a few enduring favorites Julia Ingalls 2016-02-04T14:10:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T01:09:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fittingly for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Furniture February</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto</a> would have turned 118 this month, which has prompted Archinect to celebrate his paradigm-defining designs. We're not the only ones:&nbsp;the existing Alvar Aalto Museum and the Museum of Central Finland will be getting an extension (the winners of the competition can be viewed here: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>). One of the proposals that didn't win features Aalto-specific materiality ("light color clay bricks in grid pattern for the floors and the circulation elements to the original masonry bricks walls in a way to match the colors but announce the new building with a different texture" according to a press release by the design firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architensions</a>). Here are renderings of Architensions' proposed museum extension:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>And, just because we can, a quick tour through some of Aalto's masterful furniture work:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>February is furniture month here on Archinect! Send us your furniture musings, interviews, reviews, designs, projects and investigation...</em></p> This app will make decorating a whole lot simpler Nicholas Korody 2016-02-03T16:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T18:36:57-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shanna Tellerman wants to help you redecorate your home. She&rsquo;s not a designer, furniture aficionado, or personal shopper. She&rsquo;s the founder and CEO of a company called Modsy that rolls all of the aforementioned jobs into one mobile app to make redesigning a room easier (and more fun) [...] What makes Modsy different from the handful of other home design tools out there is that it actually lets users see designs in the context of their own homes&mdash;and its renderings are utterly realistic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The architecture of the app seems effective, if a bit out of touch with the on-demand expectations of today's digital consumer. After signing up, a user is asked to complete a quiz to figure out their aesthetic and then upload some photos of the space in question, along with its dimensions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>About 48 hours later, the Modsy team responds with a catalogue of renders of your own space, filled with new furniture. Like a piece? Click it and you'll be redistributed to the manufacturer's site. Modsy takes a percentage from every sale.</p><p>Apparently, the renders are super HD, and the long-term goal of the developers is to make the app more instantaneous.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>February is furniture month here on Archinect! Send us your furniture musings, interviews, reviews, designs, projects and investigations for review to be featured on our site. The open call for submissions is effective immediately.</em></p><p><strong>More details&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</strong></p><p>And for some related coverage, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Charles and Ray Eames, meet Freddy Krueger"...</a></p></li></ul> "Charles and Ray Eames, meet Freddy Krueger": artist creates deformed furniture Julia Ingalls 2016-02-03T13:38:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T00:11:21-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...the pieces in [Wurm's] latest show, Lost, appear as thought your living-room furniture took a nightmarish turn for the worse. Wurm modeled all of the objects in clay before distorting their form by stomping, smashing, or walking on them (the latter method can be seen clearly in the footprints on the torn-up chaise lounge). Wurm then cast the deformed pieces in bronze or polyester and painted [them].</p></em><br /><br /><p>A few pieces from the show:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>February is furniture month here on Archinect! Send us your furniture musings, interviews, reviews, designs, projects and investigations for review to be featured on our site. The open call for submissions is effective immediately.</em></p><p><strong>More details&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</strong></p><p>To satisfy your fix, check out some of Archinect's past furniture-related coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's comparison of gorgeous yet pragmatic chair design</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Newest Office Looks Like A Space Station With Foosball Tables</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UpStarts: Four O Nine architecture and design</a></li></ul> From the archives: George Nakashima in conversation with legendary interviewer, Studs Terkel Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-02T19:34:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T00:08:08-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="526" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Terkel interviewed creative visionaries like Buckminster Fuller, Charles Eames, Marc Chagall and Maurice Sendak. In this newly digitized clip from 1977 ... Terkel speaks to furniture designer George Nakashima, known to many as the father of the American craft movement. [...] A trained architect, Nakashima explained to Terkel why he preferred to be called a &ldquo;woodworker,&rdquo; and recalled honing carpentry skills from a master woodworker he met while interned at a camp in Idaho during World War II.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can listen to the complete 51-minute interview on SoundCloud <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More recent news in furniture:</p><ul><li><a title="Now is the time to invest in mid-century Scandinavian furniture, experts say" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Now is the time to invest in mid-century Scandinavian furniture, experts say</a></li><li><a title="Forget standing desks &ndash;&nbsp;just wear your chair" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forget standing desks &ndash;&nbsp;just wear your chair</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modular benches provide maximum functionality and versatility for Lake Jasper House</a></li><li><a title="This February, Archinect is all about furniture &ndash; and we want your submissions" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This February, Archinect is all about furniture &ndash; and we want your submissions</a></li></ul>