You could call it the next frontier of architecture and design, but you have to close your eyes to “see” it. The ear inhabits a space, and captures a place, more acutely than the eye.
For some, the Great Outdoors might mean rugged mountains, untrammeled forests, or wide-open plains. The residents of these seven homes managed to carve out their own great outdoor retreats—a sunken fire pit, built-in slide, contemplative koi pond, and family-friendly patio, among others.
We're quite excited for our first-ever San Diego Home Tours, which takes place next weekend, November 10–11. We've got a slew of great modern homes all over San Diego and its environs for you to explore, as well as a Meet the Architects party to kick things off the evening of November 9. And in anticipation, Dwell deputy editor Aaron Britt will give a preview of the event, his take on West Coast design, and a few architectural highlights of the SoCal metropolis live Saturday morning, November 3, on the radio show My Home Improvement.
The Electrolux Design Lab Competition, an annual event staged yearly by the giant home appliances company, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with a brief that challenged students to create concepts that stimulate the senses. The 10 finalists, chosen from over 1,200 entrants from around the globe, made final presentations to the jury at Milan’s Triennale Museum last Thursday, where three winners were chosen. The first-prize winner got 5,000 euros and a six-month internship at Electrolux. The second prize earned 3,000 euros and third prize, 2,000 euros. The quality of the presentation played a major role in determining the winner, just in case you may disagree with the selection.
The first-ever Designers and Book Fair was held last weekend at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The two-day fair featured 35 publishers and around 1,500 books ranging in subjects from architecture to design to urban planning. (Titles were as varied as Why Architects Wear Black to 100 Ideas That Changed Fashion to Design After Modernism.) The fair opened Friday with a panel on the future of book design. The following Saturday and Sunday, publishers from Europe and the United States took up residency at FIT. Each day was interspersed with panels covering book design, fashion, international design, and architecture. The weekend was a successful merger of many fields and professions—a spotlight on images, craft, and the written word.
After years of working as a fashion photographer, Maude Arsenault began toying with the idea of opening her own gallery devoted to photography to reunite with artists she admires or collects. At the request of clients and art buyers who wanted to purchase prints from her, she started The Print Atelier, a print gallery, in 2011. Then, this past September, Arsenault and her team launched The Print Atelier website, representing nine artists and featuring approximately 145 works in an online gallery.
Unlike other print galleries, such as Society 6, The Print Atelier describes itself as a boutique, only offering between two and 100 copies of each print. Arsenault carefully curates the artist’s works and focuses on motifs such as portraits, abstracts, nudes, and landscapes. Each print is sent to customers with a signed certificate of authenticity and the website offers suggestions on proper framing and storing.
To give customers a more intimate perspective, The Print Atelier will begin airing video interviews of the artists, including Arsenault, in two weeks, and just launched a tumblr as an ever-changing inspiration board. Blurring the lines between inaccessible online website and thoughtfully curated gallery even further, The Print Atelier plans to throw pop up exhibitions throughout 2013, beginning in Montreal, Canada, this December.
In our Bath & Spa special issue, we chatted with Nendo founder Oki Sato, who released his first bathroom collection for Bisazza Bagno earlier this year. Here, we show more from the line of minimalist designs rendered in steel, larch wood, and Carrara marble.
A quirky mountain refuge by French designer Charlotte Perriand is an ingenious take on small-space living.
Follow the right folks on Instagram and you'll get a daily glimpse of buildings all over the world. Follow Melbourne-based architect Kevin Hui of 4site Architecture, and you'll get an education. Each day Hui posts a picture from his architectural perambulations (the man appears to do nothing but photograph cool buildings) and encourages his followers to guess what it is. But good luck guessing, design nerds. The answer is never Fallingwater.