A Lock Not So Grimm

Sitting in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago is an astoundingly intricate lock depicting the Grimm Fairytale, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”. The lock was created by the German-born metalworker Frank L. Koralewsky in 1911, after he immigrated to Boston and became a member of the Boston Society of Arts and […]

Exploded Chair – Joyce Lin

The ubiquitous form of a wooden chair is called into question by artist and designer Joyce Lin with “The Exploded Chair”. Lin’s chair is a “response to themes of inter/dis-connectivity with our environment”, and is an unanswered question of the relationship between materiality and permanence. By encasing the separate pieces for the chair in acrylic, common notions […]

Norman Kelley: Young Artists to Know About

Does one have to design a building to be called an architect?  Perhaps, but then there must be something else, a certain je ne sais quoi that makes the design more than the sum of its parts.  One group of architects continually prodding into these questions is the practice of Norman Kelley.  Founded by Carrie Norman and […]

Collage in Architecture: a New Image

More than its predecessors the typewriter and printing press, the computer has had a profound impact on human life.  This humble post was written on one and is likely being read on one as well.  Indeed, we are surrounded.  So, how do we adapt to this technology?  Architects have been working on this problem in […]

Depth and Illusion at the Graham Foundation

The Graham Foundation is a Chicago Institution that continually inspires the arts and design world through exhibitions, talks, and performances, mostly held in the historic Madlener House in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.  The Prairie-style mansion is gorgeous from its outlook to the street to the detailing of its grand staircase. The Madlener House from W […]