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 […]

Design and Science, Past and Future

Design practice and scientific methodology became increasingly intertwined in the twentieth century.  This shift may have begun at the Bauhaus school in Germany, where designers, artists, and architects explored the relevance of industrial materials with an experimental curiosity.  The question that arose then remains much the same today: with our ever-expanding empirical understanding of the […]

Pezo Von Ellrichshausen: Simple Forms, Complex Spaces

Architecture’s interpretations are as varied as the individuals who practice it.  The world’s second oldest profession is kept alive by a constant stream of new designers offering fresh insights into the realm of space.  Two such architects are the duo of Maurizio Pezo and Sofia Von Ellrichshausen of Chile.  In their writings they speak of […]

A childhood fantasy come to life: Sweden’s Treehotel

We are enamored with the Treehotel located deep in the forrest of Harad, Sweden. The Treehotel lives at the very tip top of what feels like the whole world, Harad and is an excellent resting place for travelers on their way to see the Northern Lights in the nearby Arctic Circle. Owners Kent and Britta Lindvall commissioned […]

National Library of France renovations: weaving worlds together

After years of renovations commencing in 2011, the National Library of France in Paris was unveiled. We are particularly drawn to the complexity of the project bravely taken on by architects Bruno Gaudin and Virginie Bregal. The project’s objective to update the building, constructed in 1869, for the growing visitor population and to update the site […]

Zaha Hadid’s posthumous vision: Opus Office Tower

Although architect great Zaha Hadid “Queen of the Curve” left us in 2016, we are delighted to learn that her visions will continue to live on. Over the next few years Zaha’s plans will guide thirty more projects. The Opus Office Towers in Dubai are one example of her in progress projects. The interior office and […]

Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

The design of a museum can be a curious exploration. The structure needs to meet the needs of the art that will be displayed within yet it also should present itself with comparable style and innovation.  The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis has risen to the challenge. The most striking feature is the undulating rooftop […]

A Documentary a Day

As the winter weather rolls in, thoughts of indoor pursuits rise.  We came upon this curated list of documentaries that focus on those that have impacted the design and art world as well as films that hone in on a particular field.  A great way to spend an evening. Here are some of our top […]

The Pencil Redefined

When asked to look at the standard pencil and conceive a new sense and purpose for it, the 3rd year industrial design students at HIT, Holon Institute of Technology, rose to the challenge.  18 designs were created for the project, below are a selection.  We cannot help but be intrigued by the possibilities and use […]

Medieval Magic and Religion

Looking through The Book of Miracles is stepping back into a time when the European world looked for signs from the heavens and explained occurrences with causes magical.  Only recently discovered, it is now available in print from the publisher Taschen. For something created in 1552, the illustrations are wonderfully colorful and fanciful.  It is […]