Archinect - News 2014-10-24T07:36:05-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/102022594/modern-soccer-wouldn-t-be-the-same-without-an-architect-s-invention Modern soccer wouldn't be the same without an architect's invention Archinect 2014-06-16T16:00:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:03:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bk/bkzqflmgoijlx9sr.jpg" width="514" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the ball most commonly seen today was first designed in the 1960s by architect Richard Buckminster Fuller, whose forte was designing buildings using minimal materials. Previously, leather soccer balls consisted of 18 sections stitched together: six panels of three strips apiece. The soccer ball Fuller designed stitched together 20 hexagons with 12 pentagons for a total of 32 panels. Its official shape is a spherical polyhedron, but the design was nicknamed the &ldquo;buckyball.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/87475463/the-top-five-finalists-for-the-battery-conservancy-s-draw-up-a-chair-competition The top five finalists for The Battery Conservancy’s Draw Up A Chair competition Justine Testado 2013-11-26T21:02:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T22:49:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b4j9m339e5b8rnuw.jpg" width="514" height="256" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Battery Conservancy is one step closer to finding the winning outdoor chair design of their Draw Up A Chair competition for The Battery park in New York City. The competition began with 679 submissions in July 2012. Then the jury selected the Top 50 designs, which were exhibited for the public to see and use over the past six months.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The top five designs are:</p> <p> Fleurt by &shy; Andrew Jones Design: Andrew Jones (Toronto, Canada) <em>&mdash; see top image</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hi/hifpbj396y4degof.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Maple Chair by &shy; Maria Camarena Design: Maria Camarena Bernard (Zapopan, Mexico)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vu/vukmp57f27ttycwu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Pivot Chair &shy; by Independent Design Group: Simon Kristak &amp; Aidan Jamison (Brooklyn, USA)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zw/zwd5l1ukk2nt9lmy.jpg" title=""></p> <p> South Chair &shy; by Jason Bird (Redwood City, USA)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cdyg4wshj01egeas.jpg" title=""></p> <p> U Rock &shy; by Pitanga: Davi Deusdara, &Eacute;rica Martins, Tais Costa &amp; Rafael Studart Alencar (Falc&atilde;o, Brazil)</p> <p> <em>All images courtesy of The Battery Conservancy Americas "Draw Up A Chair" Design Competition.</em></p> <p> For more details, read the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/the_top_five_finalists_for_the_battery_conservancys_draw_up_a_chair_competi/" target="_blank">Bustler article</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87070816/seven-projects-shortlisted-for-world-design-impact-prize-2013-2014 Seven projects shortlisted for World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014 Justine Testado 2013-11-21T15:06:00-05:00 >2013-11-25T22:14:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5oq0sd4fgcc2tycm.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seven projects have been shortlisted for the World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014. The nominated projects were unveiled during the 28th General Assembly of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) in Montreal, Canada from Nov. 18-19. The World Design Impact Prize raises awareness to the value of industrial design to provide solutions that address challenging global issues and social well-being.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The shortlisted projects are:</p> <ul><li> ABC (A Behaviour Changing) Syringe</li> <li> BioLite HomeStove</li> <li> Family By Family</li> <li> Laddoo Project</li> <li> Leveraged Freedom Chair</li> <li> Potty Project</li> <li> Refugee Housing Unit</li> </ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/86933403/seven-ways-residents-in-china-are-fighting-pollution-with-their-own-inventions Seven ways residents in China are fighting pollution with their own inventions Archinect 2013-11-19T20:18:00-05:00 >2013-11-19T20:19:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2f5ba7ed23fda2252616b04fc4a8747d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The latest market opportunity for entrepreneurs in China? Polluted air. For nearly as long as pollution has been a salient, public issue in the country, foreigners and locals have been devising ways to help residents avoid the worst of smog&mdash;and in some cases make a little money in the process. Here are some of the most notable ones.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/78830912/online-shop-das-programm-launches-offering-vintage-hard-to-find-dieter-rams-products Online shop, Das Programm, launches offering vintage, hard-to-find, Dieter Rams products Paul Petrunia 2013-08-06T13:19:00-04:00 >2013-08-06T17:11:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nmrzugvrwkym8kd5.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As incorrigible collectors we are all too aware of the gap between the desirability and availability of Dieter Rams' work. das programm was conceived to correct this. We only sell Dieter Rams designs for Braun and Vits&oelig;, and Braun products issued between 1955 and 1995, the period of Rams&rsquo; office at Braun, for the greater part as Director of the Design Department.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/77696004/psfk-s-future-of-home-living-experience-opens-today-in-nyc PSFK's Future of Home Living Experience opens today in NYC Justine Testado 2013-07-23T12:40:00-04:00 >2013-07-23T15:53:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nk/nk1kzneyns88g9dm.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> PSFK, the popular creative think-tank that runs <a href="http://psfk.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PSFK.com</a>, will be hosting its Future of Home Living Experience in the new 101 building in Chelsea, New York beginning on July 23, 2013.</p> <p> Carefully curated by the PSFK team, this free interactive exhibit invites everyone who wants to explore the future of modern home design and urban living. Visitors will be able to explore more than 70 upcoming ideas, products, and design inspiration as well as other special events and tours.</p> <p> Everything featured in the 5,000 square-foot exhibition space will focus on the unifying design concept of conveying Equilibrium, being On-Demand, and being Adaptive for the constantly evolving lifestyle of the 21st-century urban dweller.</p> <p> Visitors can pre-register for free at <a href="http://psfk-home-living-exhibition.eventbrite.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://psfk-home-living-exhibition.eventbrite.com</a>/</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66113072/toyo-ito-s-flatware-for-alessi Toyo Ito’s Flatware for Alessi Archinect 2013-01-23T20:05:00-05:00 >2013-01-23T20:35:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6j/6jy7ud3akvyoectp.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Ito, the Japanese architect whose team won a Golden Lion Award at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale for its concepts for new housing after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, recently designed flatware called Mu. Introduced in Paris by the Italian company Alessi, the pattern complements Ku, the delicate porcelain service Mr. Ito created for Alessi in 2006.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63333252/michael-graves-product-design-for-acme-studio Michael Graves' product design for Acme Studio Archinect 2012-12-13T12:21:00-05:00 >2012-12-13T12:21:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sa/sau0yooi8jogmhid.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect and Product Designer Michael Graves talks about his long standing partnership with Acme Studios. This short promo video, filmed and produced in his Princeton studio, highlights popular Acme products by Graves that are currently available.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/60987644/safetynet-wins-first-prize-at-2012-james-dyson-awards SafetyNet Wins First Prize at 2012 James Dyson Awards Alexander Walter 2012-11-08T16:57:00-05:00 >2012-11-08T17:08:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8i8xqfrpc1bnsp8r.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One winner and two runners-up have today been announced at this year's edition of the James Dyson Awards, an international student design award running in 18 countries. The first prize went to the entry 'SafetyNet - Escape Rings' from the UK. The two runners-up were the design concepts 'The BETH Project' from the United States and 'Revival Vest' from New Zealand.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/55894779/donna-karan-s-woman-perfume-gets-a-bottle-design-by-zaha-hadid Donna Karan’s Woman Perfume Gets a Bottle Design by Zaha Hadid Archinect 2012-08-24T17:07:00-04:00 >2012-09-02T23:56:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/064f40fefb5e0677511fdfa05c624268.jpg" width="514" height="618" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A curving, fluid-seeming container made of ombr&eacute; charcoal glass, Hadid&rsquo;s design makes for a shape that is distinctly sexy. &ldquo;The bottle&rsquo;s dark, translucent qualities offer a sense of mystery that awakens our curiosity,&rdquo; the Pritzker Prize winner explains. The vessel, whose sensuous lines echo the bottle that Karan&rsquo;s late husband, sculptor Stephan Weiss, designed for her 1994 scent Cashmere Mist, is sure to awaken many.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/49539746/herman-miller-taps-students-to-rethink-our-workplaces Herman Miller Taps Students To Rethink Our Workplaces Archinect 2012-05-29T13:03:00-04:00 >2012-05-29T13:05:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/71f348cc8086d426e480ad9e30c18231.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recently, Herman Miller selected six out of 16 original seating and workstation concepts, designed by students in Cranbrook&rsquo;s 3-D Design Department, and helped turn them into full-scale prototypes for an exhibit at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York. The concepts are aimed at encouraging &ldquo;rest and concentration in the workplace&rdquo; [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/45340569/cosmic-quilt Cosmic Quilt Gravitas 2012-04-17T17:06:00-04:00 >2012-04-17T18:00:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xi/xim37dlifehidddr.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We were thrilled when our friend Drew Seskunas, one of the founders of the fledgling design studio The Principals- based out of Brooklyn, shared their latest project with us. The "Cosmic Quilt" is an awesome exploration of interactive architecture being created for May's New York Design Week. Check out their video above, and their Kickstarter profile here to contribute to the advancement of design, architecture and a promising young studio.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>Cosmic Quilt</strong> is a new installation/student workshop planned by <a href="http://www.theprincipals.us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Principals</a> for NYC Design Week 2012.&nbsp; The installation will be a responsive architectural environment where space changes form in relation to it's inhabitants.&nbsp; Continuing their commitment to unite new technologies with traditional craftsmanship, The Principals designed a limited edition furniture line inspired by the installation entitled <strong>Quilt</strong> to be sold through&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/175436728/cosmic-quilt-interactive-installation-student-work?ref=email" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> to help fund the project.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/35893560/is-there-anything-marc-newson-hasn-t-designed Is There Anything Marc Newson Hasn’t Designed? anthony dong 2012-01-26T19:50:00-05:00 >2012-01-26T19:56:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a69t6lgjth65wae.jpg" width="514" height="684" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>-- asked what bugged him most. &ldquo;Ninety-nine percent of all cars,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Ninety-nine percent of all sneakers. Ninety-nine percent of all cellphones. Ninety-nine percent of all door handles.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/33232171/eva-zeisel-ceramic-artist-and-designer-dies-at-105 Eva Zeisel, Ceramic Artist and Designer, Dies at 105 Archinect 2012-01-03T16:46:31-05:00 >2012-01-08T10:29:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/60/60241a14d1a58adf626411fdc2cf8aee.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eva Zeisel, a ceramic artist whose elegant, eccentric designs for dinnerware in the 1940s and &rsquo;50s helped to revolutionize the way Americans set their tables, died on Friday in New City, N.Y. She was 105.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/30221378/architects-make-buildings-not-products Architects: make buildings, not products Archinect 2011-12-08T13:50:09-05:00 >2011-12-08T16:00:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vs/vsl81fgrki4z13wm.jpg" width="260" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects, your lesson is simple: you have nothing to lose. But don&rsquo;t expect to gain much on the royalty end unless you&rsquo;re a one-in-a-million talent or a household name. In any case, get as big an up-front payment as you can for your ideas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/5772790/who-is-dieter-rams Who is Dieter Rams? Paul Petrunia 2011-05-09T17:51:01-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f9a304ae7e758b9693a9b947ffbd0e39.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer who trained and worked as an architect for a few years until he joined the electronic devices manufacturer Braun. Within a few years he became their chief of design, a position he held for almost 35 years. During his tenure, he and his team designed many iconic devices ranging from record players to furniture to storage systems.</p></em><br /><br /><p> My favorite product designer of all time.</p>