Germany-born, Switzerland-based designer Till Koenneker took matters into his own hands when he moved into a studio apartment that had no storage. Building a simple cube-like design, called The Living Cube, he found space for his vinyl collection, TV, clothes, and shoes. On top of the cube, Koenneker was able to incorporate a bed for guests and inside houses a much-needed storage space.
London-based illustrator Sroop Sunar has created a vibrant set of ten new covers for author Salman Rushdie's backlist and also his forthcoming title, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, citing mid-century Indian matchbox label designs as her inspiration.
Combining a cleverly functional interior with an environmentally sensitive approach, the design aims to provide the perfect home for the mayor's office, as well as the 1,500 employees working there, while making a positive contribution to the surrounding landscape and the wider area's ongoing redevelopment.
Type the words 'midcentury' and 'modern' into any furniture retailer's search pane, and you'll likely come up with dozens of pieces labeled with these design-world buzzwords—despite the fact that there is nothing 'midcentury' about the items they describe. Over the past two decades, a term describing a specific period of design has become the marketing descriptor 'du jour'.
Le Corbusier is having a moment in Paris. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Charles-Édouard Jeanneret's death, two Left Bank galleries and the Centre Pompidou across the river celebrate his artistic and architectural achievements in exhibitions small and large.
Dutch designer Maarten Baas has formed milky and coloured glass into pendant lamps that look like balloons. Designed by Baas for Czech lighting company Lasvit, the Das Pop lamps are created by hand-blowing glass into shapes similar to inflated party balloons.
Leila Araghian was 26 when she came up with Tabiat bridge. Five years on, the 270-metre structure is a reality, despite sanctions, garnering awards and paving the way for a new, more avant garde generation of Iranian designers.
'The majority of my work has more holes in it than substance – it’s about looking through things, not just at things. There’s always an element of surprise'. These are the words of Kiwi artist Neil Dawson. Dawson’s sculptures seem to defy reality, mostly suspended above urban areas with the sky as a backdrop, they sometimes appear to be whimsical doodles drawn straight on to the real world.
For hard-to-decorate nooks or in rentals where painting isn’t feasible, The Shortcut offers a method to turn an old book into makeshift wallpaper. With the aid of simple supplies, the final product is surprisingly warm and clean.
Last week, more than 400 objects from the Walker Collection of American signs were auctioned in the small town of Proctor, Arkansas. The signs had been collected over a period of fifty years by one man who became obsessed with saving the signs from eventual destruction, either by neglect or by other collectors who would cut the double-sided signs in half to sell both sides.
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