Students from Berghs School of Communication in Sweden have whipped up a series of must-see videos for any designer who's ever felt a glimmer of self-doubt (which is to say, of course, all designers who aren't Philippe Starck).
There is something sweetly organic about a sphere made by hand: Its imperfection reminds us of cells, tadpoles, fruit, poached eggs, and other places where nature's seemingly loose design parameters can still (somehow) engender perfection.
This is the 28 chandelier by Omer Arbel. (The 28 signifies that this is Arbel's 28th design project; the number of spheres ranges from 1 to 37.) The piece is showing this week in the Noho neighborhood of New York as part of ICFF, but to really get a sense of its spirit, you'll have to watch the way it's made.
When it opened last year, Bar Agricole garnered as much praise for its food -- sourced from local farms, of course -- as its décor, a modern but warm combination of industrial, recycled, and handcrafted elements. Now the restaurant has won the most coveted of all culinary prizes, the James Beard Award, for its interior design by Aidlin Darling Design.
The restaurateur asked Aidlin Darling to become co-owners.
Last March, I poked fun at Verizon Fios's antiquated implementation of remote control use, television interface design, use of widgets, and blatant lack of thought regarding how today's audiences actually watch television and consume day-to-day content. Then I received a call from Verizon.
Just when we thought making crap out of yarn had run its course as the cute-hipstery-girl craft of the day, Olek came along, deadset on elevating crochet from idle hobby to freak obsession. The Polish-born, Brooklyn artist likes crochet so much, she plastered her studio apartment in the stuff, covering every last inch in bright, wacky yarn creations, from the shelves right down to the toilet seat.
How long did the installation take? Years.
I'm not going to lie: health care stats are skull#@*%ingly boring. It's the kind of thing you really want to care about, but just...can't.