Yes, it's another installment of our beloved Friday Finds. Have a look at the design, technology, and photography picks from the week.
Award-winning designer Winka Dubbeldam is the principal of leading design firm Archi-Tectonics, NYC, a Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and—while widely considered to be a leading voice in modern design—also something of a real estate newsmaker.
Dwell recently shared a lively conversation with the highly quotable Dutch architect, covering topics philosophical, practical, and playful—from women in design to baroque to the "need for problems" to, well, the trouble with neon.
Though Egg Collective opened its wood shop in Brooklyn's Navy Yard in 2011, the of-the-moment design studio has been incubating for many years. Its three founders—Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie—met when they were freshman undergraduate architecture students at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and have been collaborating ever since. "Our friendship and our working relationship have always gone hand in hand," says Ellis.
Since graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2003, Rotterdam-based Christine Meinderstma has carved a niche for herself exploring the stories of ordinary objects. Take her book PIG (2007), which minutely documents the huge range of items manufactured using some part of a single pig, known as 05949. Her One Sheep series of sweaters are each made using the wool of a single, identifiable member of the only merino flock in the Netherlands. Her simple and elegant Flax Lamp for Thomas Eyck uses five meters of flax rope made in the traditional way in the Netherlands by craftsmen who are the last representatives of a once-flourishing industry in maritime products. In all these examples, Meindertsma explores the hidden history of products, revealing the raw materials, processes and producers normally so invisible in our globalized world. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA, the V&A, and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.
Instagram has created a vibrant social platform for sharing images and simply allowing millions of people to create photographs that are often more visually appealing than those typically made with a standard point-and-shoot or phone camera. A new service, Coastermatic, lets you take these previously ephemeral images and turn them into stone coasters, in sets of four.
To many, Elizabeth "Lisl" Close seemed a force of nature. Petite, razor-sharp and with a no-nonsense attitude, she was the first woman architect in the Twin Cities dedicated to a modernist approach. Wearing a hardhat and sturdy shoes on frequent visits to her construction sites, Lisl was formidable.
Barcelona architect Carme Pinós just released a new furniture line called Objects, which includes shelving, wardrobes, and tables. "Our concept is to create a set of affordable, high quality products that are versatile, easy to assemble and can be customized by the user into unique designs," states the company's release.
Situated at the cross-section of architecture, art, and installation, Los Angeles–based architectural practice Layer has consistently managed to delight and surprise. Complex yet not intimidating, their work has graced experimental spaces and museums alike across Southern California, engaging visitors to see the space they inhabit in a new light.
Founded in 2009 by Emily White and Lisa Little—both graduates of Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)—Layer is unusual in that two women head up the firm, but according to the two, that only makes the venture more interesting. We chatted with White and Little to ask about their beginnings, unique challenges and what else we can look forward to from the firm.
Spanish rug and textile designer Nani Marquina, whose idyllic Ibiza weekend house we featured in Dwell's July/August 2012 "Designers at Home" issue, recently marked her company's 25th anniversary. To celebrate, she and her staff carried more than 60 rugs out to Virreina Square in Barcelona's Gracia district to watch the public interact with them.