A trip to Brussels earlier this year included an afternoon visit to Studio With a View, a collective workshop shared by an architect, two photographers, and five designers. While there, I was able to watch a handful of the designers at work, including Raphael Charles, who was photographing a new version of his Magnetic Coffee Table, and Julien Carretero (below), who was experimenting with metal forms to create a new kind of lamp.
The theme for the 13th Venice Biennale as defined by David Chipperfield is Common Ground. Common ground has a wide range of interpretations from the very process of architecture and its language of communication to the operation of architecture as a framework for everyday life. The city of Venice inevitably permeates as another “common ground” and contextual layer of the experience in the Bienniale's installations that will be on view from August 29 to November 25. And of course the pavilions themselves, built mostly within the early modern period of the 20th century, serve as a counterpoint to the definition of our contemporary condition. These three elements—the city, the pavilions, and the installations—combined with an incredible gathering of individuals and dialog make the event a fantastically rich experience.
Nick Munro is known for tempering his modern sensibility with classic design. Inspired by a 1930s bicycle pump found in a garage, this stainless steel pot is a chic way to serve coffee.
It's something every designer, design writer, and design collector wonders constantly: Will this piece of furniture I made/ hailed in print/ bought still be in vogue in ten (or fifty) years' time? Julie Lasky addresses the issue in this week's New York Times, asking curators and design-world luminaries to select what pieces they think are destined to become future classics. (We've done the same, as evidenced in our July/August issue.) And while what was namechecked in the Times article is mostly worthy—notably Konstanin Grcic's One chair for Magis, nominated by four the dozen people Lasky polled, we want to open the floor to other ideas. What do you think will represent our present era of design in 2050? A few experts weigh in.
Who better than a British designer to dream up a smart modern tea pot. Nick Munro—based in Chester, the United Kingdom—takes a classic silhouette we all recognize and updates it by using 18/10 stainless steel as the main material. "A long time ago I visited a tea warehouse where they had a myriad of loose tea in boxes from all over the world. That got me thinking about where tea comes from and all the different types of leaves and flavours that are produced. The Spheres infusers were therefore inspired by the idea of tea leaves from around the world and I designed the infuser basket to work with all types of loose leaf flavors," writes Munro on his site.
It's our humble opinion that summers are best spent reclining on a warm sunny deck with a refreshing beverage in hand and a cool breeze blowing. In honor of this seasonal ritual, here are seven homes that managed to carve out a bit of outdoor space, whether they're sandwiched within the narrow streets of a historic Mediterranean city, built at the confluence of forested and rocky topographies in Norway, or sited beachside in Amagansett, New York.
It's the last Friday Finds of August! Here, we share photographs, gear for shutterbugs, and more.
Crane.tv, the excellent video magazine focusing on design and contemporary culture, has teamed up with Port, the best men's mag out of the UK, to produce this great look at the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Instead of coming to Venice to show off the latest in British architecture, the curators of the UK's pavilion have launched "Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture," a series of exhibits, illustrations, and installations that discuss not what Britain does best, but what it might learn from other parts of the world. A crop of young British architects explore what's happening in Brazil, Argentina, Los Angeles, Lagos, Japan, and elsewhere, and present ideas that might then be used to build community in London, or stitch together the urban fabric of Belfast. It's fascinating stuff presented smartly, the next best thing to actually attending the show in person.
If this bird feeder looks mildly familiar, you're right! It's based off of Mies van der Rohe's famed Barcelona Pavilion. Your avian pals will surely return to your yard day after day to dine from this mod design.