Chairs designed by architects for high-profile commissions increasingly are for sale in stores. They are often pricy, but the appeal is the chance to bring a slice of cutting-edge international design into your home. — online.wsj.com
Garages, of course, hold a storied place in Silicon Valley lore. Think Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG), which all started in garages.
The start-up garage is a powerful symbol of the do-it-yourself underdog, and the creative, collaborative and scrappy culture they hope to reinforce through the renovation of the 57-acre former Sun Microsystems campus and new construction on an adjacent 22-acre parcel over the next few years. — MercuryNews
Steve Sauer's 182-square-foot Seattle condo shows the value of a good fit, from the soaking tub built into the entry floor to the "video lounge" tucked beneath the "cafe area." Sauer shopped Ikea for many of his home's furnishings, such as a little table, and used tabletops to fashion cabinet fronts. — The Seattle Times
When we think of wood and paper, we usually see it in this manner; wood=source, paper=result. What if we flipped the model and saw paper as the source and wood as the end product? This was the concept behind Mieke Meijer's project at the Design Academy Eindhoven. — yatzer.com
I don't have a favorite architect. I'm not into all that. I know nothing about design or architecture. My daughter says I am a modern autistic. I live alone, I work alone, I don't watch TV or go to cinema or read magazines—I have simply no idea of what is happening in the world. — Philippe Starck edited by Deb Schwartz, Wall Street Journal
Ever wonder what goes on in the minds of some of the world's greatest designers? In the case of Philippe Starck, the answer may as well be nothing but motorcycles and a collection of impulses and ambient music. The Wall Street Journal shares with us a short interview from the surprisingly humble...
Sometime before 1 a.m. on April 11, a group of activists installed handmade benches at 10 different locations throughout San Francisco as a political statement against the city's sit-lie ordinance. The law, approved by voters last November, prohibits sitting or lying down on city sidewalks. — San Francisco Guardian
A spokesperson from the group offered to share images of the benches with the Guardian on condition of anonymity. The person noted that the benches were built by hand using wooden pallets found on the side of the road. The images were sent in an email with the subject line, "Angry queers protest...
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Just a couple months ago we saw Eileen Gray's "dragons" chair sell for $28m. Now Marc Newson's "Lockheed Lounge" fetches £1.1, making it the record-high price for a piece of contemporary design art. Bloomberg.
Our good friends at DesignerPages recently invited me to curate a collection from their ever-growing product library. It was actually quite therapeutic to forget the economy for a few minutes while browsing around for some classics. Take a look and let me know what you think, and ping me if any...
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