Design News

Keep up with the latest events in the world of design and architecture. Whether it be the opening of a new museum, a design conference, or the fate of a treasured building, you’ll hear about it here.

5 Toasters Tested by San Francisco's Tartine Bakery
5 Toasters Tested by San Francisco's Tartine Bakery
Any way you slice it, toast makes the most of any loaf. But which of these worthy appliances will make toast of the competition?
- 10 years ago
Design Junkie
"I guess from a young age I collected things that interested me—picked up bizarre things from the street, put them in boxes, or took them to my...
When We Talk About Good Design
Many architects and designers, when talked down from the theoretical towers of “sculptural forms” and “floating volumes” and made to speak of their craft in humbler terms, are apt...
Ed Mazria
Ed Mazria
"This isn’t a question of cost: It’s a question of design.
- 10 years ago
Jason F. McLennan reviews 5 eco-toilets
Victorian technology has no business being the receptacle for your business. It’s time to outmode the common commode.
The Amazon Spheres’ Buzzy New Restaurant Serves Up ’70s Flair
Willmott’s Ghost brings softness to the tech giant’s turf with sweeping curves, pastel accents, and brass.
Antony Hall
UK artist Antony Hall refers to himself as an amateur scientist. Indeed, his work constantly blurs the lines between science, art, and technology.
Deborah Leach and Thames21
If you’ve never heard of “fly-tipping,” then you’ve certainly seen its results.
Dwell Magazine Is a Medal Finalist For Two SPD Photography Awards
See the incredible stories that made Dwell Magazine a Medal Finalist in two photography categories in the Society of Publication Designers' 53rd Annual Design Competition.
A Family-Run Company Gracefully Shifts from Aluminum Folding Chairs to High-End Outdoor Furniture
How Kettal, a furniture company in Spain, remains a vanguard of outdoor design.
Here Is What We Can Do to Convert Rainwater Into a Useable Water Source
Here Is What We Can Do to Convert Rainwater Into a Useable Water Source
Field researcher and water-harvesting expert Ed Beaulieu analyzes our conservation options for the future.
- 4 years ago
Can Neglected Urban Waterways Like the Los Angeles River Become Thriving Greenways?
With new natural features and recreation opportunities, rivers in city centers across America are getting a chance to shine again.
DIY Electronics Company Aims to Turn Even the Least Savvy Users Into Smart Tech Wizards
Through her company littleBits, MIT-trained engineer Ayah Bdeir turns humble objects into remote-controlled, Internet-connected tweeting machines.
Inside the Modern Safe Room: How Homeowners Today Are Fortifying Their Houses Against Burglars, Terrorists, and Hurricanes
If a family’s home is their castle, as the saying goes, some homeowners have begun to take that sentiment quite literally.
Designer Andi Kovel Breaks the Mold in Glassmaking
In her Portland studio, designer Andi Kovel of Esque Studios transforms molten glass into colorful creations—including a new foray into lighting.
Northern California’s Infamous Flintstone House Is Being Sued as a ‘Public Nuisance’
The town of Hillsborough, California, deems the so-called Flintstone House to be “intrusive” and a “safety...
How the Iconic Tripp Trapp High Chair Came to Life
Peter Opsvik, a longtime specialist of ergonomics, reflects on his 1972 Tripp Trapp chair.
This Brazilian Modernist You Should Know About Designed Countless Classic Chairs
Despite a rise to prominence in the 1970s, pioneering designer Percival Lafer has remained a best-kept secret for collectors of midcentury Brazilian furniture.
Rising Designer Tamer Nakişçi Sets Up Shop Following a Win at ICFF
On the tails of a winning tabletop design, an emerging Turkish talent looks to the future to establish his own brand.
Michael Young on Why Now Is a Good Time to Be in Design
The prolific Hong Kong designer muses on how major brand collaborations are accelerating innovation.
Product Designer Erwan Bouroullec on the Magic of Wrought Iron
The French designer provides food for thought on the new wrought-iron collection he and his brother, Ronan, designed for Magis.
This Awesome Software Converts the Music of the Beatles and Queen Into Textile Patterns
British designer Nadia-Anne Ricketts spins sound waves into graphic textiles.
Bobby Berk Takes Us Inside the Biggest Makeover in This Season of ‘Queer Eye’
Get an insider look at how Bobby Berk transforms the home of a widower in Kansas City—and how he approaches the whirlwind projects on the show.
Alvar Aalto's Artistic Bent at the Vitra Design Museum
A new Vitra Design Museum exhibit re-examines Finnish designer Alvar Aalto's influences and creations.
Juhani Pallasmaa on Humane Cities, Monumental Architecture, and the Architect's Role in Society
The Finnish architect and international thought leader muses on cities, the impulse to construct, and the poetry of buildings.
Hollywood fashion critics review 5 dressers
Without a decent dresser, can you dress decently? With the help of two outspoken Hollywood fashion critics we determine if a chest of drawers can hold the secret to sartorial...
Retail Therapy
In the great American quest for more stuff, big-box stores are nirvana, laden with cheaply priced items by the ton, from diamond earrings to toilet paper.
Steve Lambert
Office workers ride zip lines down the streets of San Francisco, where a roller coaster has been installed as a new form of public transport: Welcome to the artistic world of...
Emily Pilloton
With the offices of her upstart nonprofit, Project H, located in the same space as Cameron Sinclair’s Architecture for Humanity, Emily Pilloton’s everyday life is steeped in a...
Eileen Gray Documentary Premieres in Tribeca
A new documentary film, Gray Matters, does justice to a life less ordinary: that of design innovator Eileen Gray.