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Architect Bjarke Ingels BIG

Five Questions for Bjarke Ingels

Architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of the world-beating firm BIG, was in San Francisco this week to show off the design for his latest project, an addition to the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah (see all five finalists in the competition here). Adobe founder and part-time Deer Valley–resident John Warnock and his wife Marva threw a small party at Adobe HQ to fete the 37-year-old Danish architect, and he dazzled the crowd as he whizzed through his impressive body of work and spelled out what his building means for the Kimball. I met him yesterday morning in the lobby of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel for a quick chat.
May 2, 2012
Modern architect and designer Stanley Saitowitz

Modern Ritual

When it came time to partake in rituals like lighting the Shabbat candles or setting the seder plate, designer Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects, Inc., saw nothing but a sea of Star of David–bedecked kitsch. Unable to find the goods that suited both his aesthetic and his practice, he set about designing a spare, modern suite of Jewish objects—on view in the exhibit Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco through October 16 2012—that runs the gamut from menorahs to kiddush cups. We asked Saitowitz why he had to make what he couldn’t find.
April 30, 2012
Architect Michael Graves by Riccardo Vecchio

Design for Humankind

Architect and healthcare design visionary Michael Graves shares his thoughts on how paralysis has affected his approach and practice.
April 13, 2012
German designer Pia Wüstenberg

Last Words, Take Two

We put the same six questions to everyone we talked to for the Now 99 issue to learn what they’re reading, rethinking, and totally sick of. We ran a few responses as the Finishing Touch in the print edition, but the designers we talked to had loads more penetrating, funny, and strange responses than could fit on the page. Read on for a glimpse of the ideas that are shaping the next wave of design. 
April 13, 2012
bill mcdonough illustration graphic

Sixteen Ways of Looking at a Bedouin Tent

Architect, systems designer, Cradle to Cradle founder, and sustainability guru William McDonough talks entropy, Walker Evans, paper houses, and “buildings like trees” with science writer Alexis Madrigal.
March 22, 2012
Sketch: Karim book by Karim Rashid

10 Minutes with Karim Rashid

Tuesday evening, Danish design company Bo Concept debuted its newest collection, created by designer-about-town Karim Rashid. I walked up the pink carpet (a favorite color of the Egypt-born, Canada-raised impresario) and sat down for a ten-minute chat with Rashid about collaboration, kitsch, and the one thing he hasn't (yet) designed. 
March 8, 2012
Chroma at the San Francisco Ballet

Chroma at the San Francisco Ballet

Last week I caught the stunning dance Chroma at the San Francisco Ballet. Choreographed by Wayne McGregor with a set designed by the famed British minimalist architect John Pawson, Chroma is enjoying its second run in San Francisco and is on until February 25th. I had a chat with the S.F. Ballet's technical director Christopher Dennis about Pawson's work and the surprising chromatic variation the production—surprising because nearly everything is white or flesh toned—achieved through the lighting design, set, and costumes.  
February 23, 2012
Party Foundation Monument in Pyongyang, North Korea

An Architecture Guide to Pyongyang

German architect and writer Philipp Meuser realizes that Pyongyang, North Korea, doesn't top many travel destination wish lists, but after looking at his Architectural and Cultural Guide: Pyongyang Volume 1 and 2, due out on February 28th from DOM Publishers, I was shocked at how much the book piqued my curiosity. Now, it's hard to imagine that Uncle Sam will let me, or any other Yank, north of the Korean DMZ anytime soon, but as a glimpse into a forbidden world, the book is fascinating. And as I learned from talking with Meuser, the origins of the book itself are as compelling, as they are strange.
February 9, 2012
Italian architect Renzo Piano

10 Minute Interview: Renzo Piano

I met with Italian architect and Pritzker Prize winner Renzo Piano one week before the official opening of his latest museum project, an addition to the historic Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, whose original building (nicknamed "the palace") opened in 1903. We chatted in the Living Room, an airy meeting place on the ground floor of the new wing, which is decorated in mid-century furniture upholstered in vibrant reds and oranges, grounded by a brick wall covered in suspension shelves, and accented by real, live chirping birds. 
January 19, 2012
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