- Last month I traveled to Basel, Switzerland, a European city first founded during the Roman Empire and still boasting beautiful buildings constructed more than 1,000 years agos.
- At the end of September, I hopped across the pond to visit Basel, Switzerland, and the nearby Laufen bathrooms factory and showroom.
The School of Visual Arts MFA Design Criticism Department presents “Crossing the Line: The 2010 D-Crit Conference,” organized by graduating D-Crit students. Moderated by D-Crit faculty member, award-winning author and “Studio 360” host Kurt Andersen, the inaugural event will feature thesis presentations by all 15 graduating students alongside professional critics and thinkers including design visionary and Doors of Perception founder John Thackara and author and educator Peter Hall. The fast-paced, daylong forum will be held at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, in New York City on Friday, April 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
METROCON is the largest design-related regional expo and conference in the USA. The premier two-day event focuses on introducing the latest in products and innovative ideas to the Southwest region’s community of interior designers, architects, design students and other essential industry members.
Hosted by the Window Covering Association of America, INSPIRE 2011 will feature an industry trade show, demonstrations and forty classes taught be top professionals in custom window coverings design, fabrication, marketing and sales. HGTV host, designer Sarah Richardson, will present keynote speech.
This exhibition is the first major study of California midcentury modern design. With more than 300 objects—furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, and industrial and graphic design—the exhibition examines the state’s role in shaping the material culture of the entire country.Organized into four thematic areas, the exhibition aims to elucidate the 1951 quote from émigré Greta Magnusson Grossman that is incorporated into the exhibition’s title: California design “is not a superimposed style, but an answer to present conditions…It has developed out of our own preferences for living in a modern way.”
- What do an eco-home, a museum, and a concrete prefab home have in common? Modern design and a shared location: Switzerland.
- One of the highlights of my recent trip to Basel, Switzerland, was crossing the border to visit the Vitra campus in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, about 25 minutes from Basel, and exploring the VitraHaus.