Archinect - Features 2018-05-24T18:51:13-04:00 Redlines: SOILED Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-24T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-24T12:18:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Redlines is a collection of interviews with editors&nbsp;that make today's most provocative architectural publications come to life.&nbsp;While architecture is traditionally concerned with buildings, materials, and scale, their importance and historical impact are recorded through words, books, and images that are often organized, published, and disseminated. Redlines seeks to understand the pedagogical and design frameworks that shape this process.</p> <p>In this session, we look at <a href="" target="_blank">SOILED</a>;&nbsp;Co-founded by architect <a href="" target="_blank">Joseph Altshuler</a> and performance artist Isaac Bloom, SOILED was conceived upon a simple observation: even though architecture is all around us, architecture lacks an accessible venue for public consumption and entertainment.</p> One, Two Three Swing & #ILikeEverything; Installations from the Tate Turbine Hall and the Hestercombe Estate Ed Frith 2017-10-03T11:40:00-04:00 >2017-10-03T11:41:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The first Tate Turbine Hall installation seventeen years ago featured the work of the surrealist Louise Bourgeois, since then, there have been many popular, bodily engaged installations such as <a href="" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>&rsquo;s, Weather Project, and <a href="" target="_blank">Carsten Holler&rsquo;s polished stainless steel slides</a>. With this year&rsquo;s installation commissioned from the Danish art collective, <a href="" target="_blank">Superflex</a>, entitled &lsquo;One, Two Three Swing&rsquo;, the fun is back with an experiential attraction, a stimulation for body and mind. Superflex have a track record of provocative and collaborative work, from urban graphics to film and sound work, from their <a href="" target="_blank">&lsquo;flooded MacDonalds&rsquo; film</a>&nbsp;to the remarkable &lsquo;international&rsquo; playpark in Copenhagen, &lsquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Superkilin</a>&rsquo;.</p> Screen/Print #54: Galen Cranz on Why We Need to Rethink the Chair Nicholas Korody 2017-04-28T12:04:00-04:00 >2017-04-28T12:06:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Besides buildings (obviously), chairs are probably architects favorite things to design. There&rsquo;s Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s Barcelona chair and Gerrit Reitveld&rsquo;s Zig-Zag chair; Arne Jacobson&rsquo;s Model 3107 and Frank Llloyd Wright&rsquo;s Peacock chair. Today, the tradition continues, with architects from David Adjaye to Rem Koolhaas to Zaha Hadid all designing places to perch. Yet, for all their formal grace and beauty, these chairs rarely break the mold. Invariably, they are designed around an upright individual sitting at a right angle. And, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Galen Cranz</a>, a Professor of Architecture at <a href="" target="_blank">the University of California, Berkeley</a>, such traditional chair designs just don&rsquo;t cut it&mdash;and they're even harming our health.</p> The gimp room, the padded cell, the medical office: inside the world of Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T10:02:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>&ldquo;If you do your job right then no one will notice,&rdquo; it&rsquo;s been said. There may be no better exemplar of this truism than the work that goes on behind the scenes of a porn film. In the heat of an onanistic moment, the last thing you want to think about is bad design. Yet, an adult film is very much a designed object &ndash; particularly when it comes to the elaborate structural and fantasy elements involved in BDSM and kink.</p> How the couch furnished modernity’s notions of privacy Julia Ingalls 2016-03-07T14:10:00-05:00 >2016-07-24T17:33:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In the 21st century, the couch is so ubiquitous as to be virtually invisible. We find them in commercial waiting rooms, in private homes, as infested harbingers of urban decay on street corners. They populate television talk shows and form a shorthand for psychiatric evaluation. But how has this piece of furniture, which has only been around for about 330 years, become the seat of our culture?</p> Working Out of the Box: Jader Almeida Nicholas Korody 2016-03-02T08:19:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p><p>In this installment, we're talking with&nbsp;<strong>Jader Almeida</strong>, a Brazilian furniture and product designer.</p><p><em>Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> A sheet of plastic, a few screws, and five minutes are all it takes to assemble one of these "darling" stackable chairs Nicholas Korody 2016-03-01T15:34:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>IKEA may be the main peddler of assemble-it-yourself furniture, but, as many disgruntled college students would attest, their designs are often less-than-easy to realize. The "Thermoplastic Darling Stackable Chair", on the other hand, requires just one sheet of pre-scored polypropylene, a few screws, and about five minutes to put together.</p> Leftover inspiration: the construction aesthetic of "Chair 6.0" Julia Ingalls 2016-02-28T11:56:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>What happens when you bend a six-meter long piece of rebar 14 times? Well, this chair, for starters. By using found materials at a construction site and carefully planning ahead, University of Michigan alum and architect <a href="" target="_blank">Moon Joo Lee</a> was able to create this chair without any welding or use of bolts.</p> Innovation with a heart: Guto Requena's technological and emotional designs Nicholas Korody 2016-02-27T11:54:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Imagine &ldquo;technology". What comes to mind? A robot? An iPhone? A self-driving car? Whatever the case, chances are it&rsquo;s an object that feels pretty cold and provokes little emotion.</p> Between art and design: rethinking function with Hand Job Gallery Store Nicholas Korody 2016-02-23T17:55:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Google &ldquo;art vs design&rdquo; and you&rsquo;ll find a slew of fairly common sense diagrams and articles. &ldquo;Good art is a talent&rdquo;, stipulates one, while &ldquo;good design is a skill&rdquo;. Or, similarly, &ldquo;good art is interpreted&rdquo;, whereas &ldquo;good design is understood&rdquo;. My favorite includes two identical images of a chair. Beneath one reads the caption, &ldquo;a chair: design&rdquo;, while beneath the second, &ldquo;a tree: conceptual art&rdquo;.</p> Screen/Print #40: Alexandra Lange's "Power Positions" from Dirty Furniture, issue #2 Nicholas Korody 2016-02-17T17:43:00-05:00 >2017-10-13T00:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In the high-gloss landscape of design magazines, all tables have been wiped clean. But in practice, things get messy: our desks are cluttered, our kitchens are flecked with sauce, our careers take form or falter as we finger the seams in the Formica. In this issue of <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Dirty Furniture</em></a>, the second in a finite series of six, an object usually shrouded by its ubiquity is illuminated by a series of essays that considers the table not just as a formal object, but also as an architecture and convention that structures our familial, social, political, and spiritual relationships.</p> A prize-winning installation pays tribute to a historical Quebec village Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-10T17:03:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Vercheres, a small village near Montreal, has recently integrated a unique memorial to honor those who originally settled the region in 1740. A local firm, <a href="" target="_blank">Les Ateliers Guyon</a><strong>,</strong> has designed a cluster of benches with white oak sails rooted along the shore of the St. Lawrence River. <em>Sails Benches </em>echoes the arrival of 18th century explorers, while reflecting a particular artistic aesthetic that Les Ateliers Guyon has become known for. The project has recently garnered accolade from the prestigious World Interiors News Awards in London, receiving first place in the &lsquo;Furniture Category&rsquo;.</p> Waka Waka's furniture strikes a balance between simplicity and playfulness Nicholas Korody 2016-02-08T11:17:00-05:00 >2016-02-16T14:41:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Waka Waka is a Los Angeles-based design studio founded by the Japanese-born designer Shinichiro Okuda. Taking a minimal approach softened with a bit of humor, the studio&rsquo;s striking, handmade plywood furniture has a distinct and contemporary look.</p> A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque Nicholas Korody 2016-02-03T17:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:27:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Soft Baroque</a>, the London-based design studio founded by Sa&scaron;a &Scaron;tucin and Nicholas Gardner, has made pretty significant ripples in the design world for a practice just barely two years old. Their strange but visually-delightful furniture functions both online and offline, incorporates unwieldy materials like fireworks and water vapor, and treats history like a hunk of clay to be molded. They have an adept and playful way of involving conceptual elements in their work that makes you wonder how form and function alone ever seemed like sufficient ends for a design &ndash; or, at the very least, why your living room table is so boring.</p> UpStarts: Four O Nine architecture and design Julia Ingalls 2015-01-12T09:30:00-05:00 >2015-01-21T20:48:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In a country infamous for its one time zone and countless architectural knock-offs, Four O Nine's success is startling and original.&nbsp;</p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>UpStarts</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series of features on the foundations of contemporary practice. It will have a global reach in which practices from Europe, North America, Asia, and beyond will be asked to address the work behind getting the work, and the effect of cultural contexts. The focus will be on how a practice is initiated and maintained. In many ways, the critical years of a fledgling design partnership is within the initial five years, after the haze and daze of getting it off the ground.&nbsp;<strong><a href="" target="_blank">UpStarts</a></strong>&nbsp;surveys the first years of practice as a tool for tracking the tactics of the rapidly evolving methods for sustaining a practice.</em></p> ShowCase: White Elephant (Privately Soft) Archinect 2012-01-05T14:06:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p> <strong>ShowCase</strong> is an on-going feature series on Archinect, presenting exciting new work from designers representing all creative fields and all geographies.</p> <p> <em>We are always accepting nominations for upcoming ShowCase features - if you would like to suggest a project, <a href="" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>. </em></p> ShowCase: Briefcase House Archinect 2010-11-04T17:48:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong>ShowCase</strong> is an on-going feature series on Archinect, presenting exciting new work from designers representing all creative fields and all geographies.</p><p><em>We are always accepting nominations for upcoming ShowCase features - if you would like to suggest a project, <a href="" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> ShowCase: Structures and Facades Archinect 2008-09-16T18:19:00-04:00 >2012-12-07T17:50:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p> <b>ShowCase</b> is an on-going feature series on Archinect, presenting exciting new work from designers representing all creative fields and all geographies.<br><br><i>We are always accepting nominations for upcoming ShowCase features - if you would like to suggest a project, <a href="/about/contact.php" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</i></p>