A Home as a Museum

In contrast to the sterile oversized environments of most museums is the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, a 15th-century Venetian-style palace filled to the brim with textures, art and life. The entire collection belonged to Isabella Stewart Gardner, a woman who spent her life traveling the world and purchasing rare works of art along with her husband. Each […]

The Magic Table

Junya Ishigami is known for creating astounding works of art and architecture; from a massive floating aluminum balloon, to an artificial interior forest that acts as a workshop, Ishigami defies the norm and pushes boundaries. This has been the case since one of his first completed works, a project that has been dubbed “the magic table”. Designed for […]

Exploded Chair – Joyce Lin

The ubiquitous form of a wooden chair is called into question by artist and designer Joyce Lin with her “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 of the chair in acrylic boxes, commonly […]

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 […]

Ed Wormley, a Lesser-known Master Modernist

Among the ranks of the Eames’s, Corbusier, Breuer, Nelson, and Bertoia is a Chicago native by the name of Ed Wormley.  Born at the end of 1907, Wormley began his professional development in interior design while still in high school.  He went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1926, dropped out […]

Making combinations with Dieter Rams

Furniture by Dieter Rams, the iconic industrial designer, will be showcased at the Vitra Design Museum‘s exhibit “Modular Furniture” in Weil am Rhein, Germany. In the sixties and seventies Dieter’s designs for Braun electronics set the standard for minimalist design.  Designed for Braun, the radios, lighters, and record players are all characterized by a sleek aesthetic exposing the anatomy of […]

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 […]

Shaker purity

Shaker furniture is unsurpassed in its purity and craftsmanship. An exhibition of the Protestant sect’s work is on display now through Fall 2017 at the Art Institute in Chicago titled “Shakers and Movers: Selections from the Collection of Dr. Thomas and Jan Pavlovic.” The Shakers followed a humble lifestyle, practicing Christ-like purity; their beliefs are echoed in their […]

Snarkitecture’s Slip Bench

Snarkitecture fuses architecture and art to create truly unique home objects. We are particularly inspired by the streamlined proportions of the Slip Bench.   The bench is a true feat of geometry. It’s blocky center and descending form reminds us of mountains rising out of the ocean. Clean lines will always hold a sweet spot for us.   Their thoughtful […]

Bringing Birchbark to Modern Design

Turning birchbark into a usable material is an age old Siberian craft.  Anastasiya Koshcheeva has used the material to create the ‘fabric’ for her Taburet stool. Although she has been applying the wood in different applications, in her stool she sews and folds it to create a faceted seat which when viewed from alternate angles […]