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  1. The New Underground: Subway Stations Reimagined
    City Guide

    The New Underground: Subway Stations Reimagined

    In a campaign pledge last week that resembles a high school candidate’s promise to give out free pop during lunchtime, Paris mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, of the center-right UMP...

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.11.14

  2. A Desert Blooms: A Middle Eastern Park Plan Breaks the Mold
    Green

    A Desert Blooms: A Middle Eastern Park Plan Breaks the Mold

    How do you design green space that can withstand Abu Dhabi’s heat? Thomas Heatherwick listened to the desert.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    05.16.14

  3. Design Icon: Architect Eero Saarinen
    Profiles

    Design Icon: Architect Eero Saarinen

    Bold curves, colorful accents and technical vision: Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen’s body of work represents Modernism’s playful side in bloom. His iconic buildings, from the Gateway Arch...

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.10.14

  4. Projectile Motion: Hat-Trick Design’s Stockwell Project Bring Local Art to Wayfinding
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    Projectile Motion: Hat-Trick Design’s Stockwell Project Bring Local Art to Wayfinding

    The Stockwell Park Estate in Lambeth, South London, boasts a colorful cultural history. Once part of a Roman trade route out of the city, the eclectic community has been reinvigorated over the...

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.14.14

  5. Olympic City: Gary Hustwit on Sochi and the Afterlife of the Games
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    Olympic City: Gary Hustwit on Sochi and the Afterlife of the Games

    While Sochi’s true legacy is yet to be written, the questions raised by inflated budgets and shaky construction are already being debated. It’s nothing new. Generations of host cities have had to...

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.14.14

  6. Design Icon: Charlotte Perriand
    Profiles

    Design Icon: Charlotte Perriand

    Many innovators helped usher in the Modernist movement, but French architect, furniture maker, and interior designer Charlotte Perriand turned lofty ideals into revolutionary living spaces. Her...

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.25.14

  7. Reaction Housing's Affordable Portable Launches at SXSW
    A Great Idea

    Reaction Housing's Affordable Portable Launches at SXSW

    Inspired by a coffee cup, the EXO portable housing prototype can make a difference for those in need.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.10.14

  8. Design Icon: 10 Buildings By Alvar Aalto
    Profiles

    Design Icon: 10 Buildings By Alvar Aalto

    Alvar Aalto, one of Finland’s greatest architects, made modernist masterpieces with a human touch.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.17.14

  9. Danish Army’s Next Mission: Sustainable Building
    Green

    Danish Army’s Next Mission: Sustainable Building

    The armed forces go mod and green with a cleverly designed set of barracks.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    05.13.14

  10. Chicago’s Summer of Design
    Travel Reports

    Chicago’s Summer of Design

    A massive exhibition and a new permanent design museum put the past, present, and future of the city’s design community in focus.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    04.28.14

  11. A Green Table Lamp Grown from Mushrooms
    Product

    A Green Table Lamp Grown from Mushrooms

    Brooklyn designer Danielle Trofe’s new Mush-Lume lamp is made from biodegradable mushroom material.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.27.14

  12. Radius Furniture by Jeff Martin
    Product

    Radius Furniture by Jeff Martin

    An ahead-of-the-curve furniture experiment by Jeff Martin plays with pastels and geometry.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.13.14

  13. Rock, Paper, Circuits: Pulplites Lamps
    Product

    Rock, Paper, Circuits: Pulplites Lamps

    The Vancouver design duo Dear Human finds an illuminating use for recycled paper.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    04.09.14

  14. Peaking Lights: The Wobbelhead Lamp
    Product

    Peaking Lights: The Wobbelhead Lamp

    A lamp prototype from Norway adds distinct personality to lighting design.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    05.13.14

  15. “If You Build It” Documentary Shows Power of Design Education
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    “If You Build It” Documentary Shows Power of Design Education

    Designer/activist duo Matthew Miller and Emily Pilloton are no strangers to hitting the road for the greater good. In 2010, they left San Francisco in an Airstream trailer to embark on the Design...

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.14.14

  16. Incipit: Milan’s New Lab for Designers
    A Great Idea

    Incipit: Milan’s New Lab for Designers

    A studio, a lab, and a business—Incipit aims to be all three, but, most importantly, a new way to support young craftspeople.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.28.14

  17. Lite-Brite Grows Up: Flatpack Paper Lamp
    A Great Idea

    Lite-Brite Grows Up: Flatpack Paper Lamp

    This flat-packed, laser-stitched lamp shade invites endless customizations.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.27.14

  18. Behind The Scenes: Chicago Furniture Brand Stars in Divergent
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    Behind The Scenes: Chicago Furniture Brand Stars in Divergent

    Furniture from the sleek Chicago studio gets a closeup in the hit movie Divergent.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.28.14

  19. Surprisingly Subtle 300-Foot Radio Tower
    Superstructure

    Surprisingly Subtle 300-Foot Radio Tower

    The winning design for the Canakkale Antenna Tower in Turkey manages grandeur with restraint.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.13.14

  20. Q&A: Campana Brothers
    Profiles

    Q&A: Campana Brothers

    The Brazilian furniture designers and Clerkenwell headliners discuss letting the material make decisions and designing furniture with soul.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    05.18.14

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