Released at the end of last month, Konstantin Grcic: Decisive Design by the Art Institute of Chicago's design curator Zoë Ryan is a fine addition to the growing literature on the excellent Munich–based designer. Written in conjunction with AIC's exhibition of the same name, the show and this book—part of the Art Institute's A+D Series—are bound to increase Grcic's already considerable fame. The exhibition closes on January 24th, and if you've missed it, like I, this book should get you some of the way there.
Now that we're headlong into the thick of winter, and very well may have a little extra holiday cash to spend, little is more appealing that a hardy soup in a pulchritudinous pot. Designed in 2008 but only recently available in the States, Danish designer Søren Thygesen's Marmitta Roaster is at home on both the stove and the table.
Though not strictly modern—well, not modern at all, really—the Wonders of the World series of books from Harvard Universtiy Press remains my favorite ongoing run of architectural tomes. Classicist Mary Beard is the series editor, and each of these trim volumes takes up the subject of a particular building. Ranging from Stonehenge to the Parthenon to the Temple of Jerusalem, imagine these scholarly works as biographies of buildings. And starting on December 15th, race to add the newly released Roman Forum and Piazza San Marco to your collection.
With the preservation of mid-century buildings already a touchy subject—–many people are still unwilling to see the value in preserving “modern” architecture—–we asked three experts what the future of preservation will look like for modern, postmodern, and contemporary design.
I saw a lot of art and a lot of design amidst the Basel melee in Miami last week. But little can compare to the sheer glee I experienced at seeing this massive wall of donuts at the Rubell Family Collection last Thursday.
Design Miami wrapped up on Sunday, and all told I’d say the fair was a mixed bag. Though I tend to have a good time wandering the aisles of Aranda\Lasch’s temporary tent taking in the latest and greatest of the world of one-off, rare and limited-edition design, there did appear to be a bit more filler this year than last.
When I interviewed Design Miami co-founder Ambra Medda before the show, she told me that she was most excited about a display of Mexican design pieces, ranging from mid-century to the present, collected at the gallery Sebastian + Barquet of New York.