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 […]

Daydreaming at The Rookery

Chicago is a visual wonderland. We could walk downtown every day and still see something new and intriguing. One delightful location to sketch and let your eyes wander is The Rookery.   The lobby or “light court,” designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has an airiness unlike any other skyscraper in the Financial District. The openness gives […]

María Elena González, Sculptor

We are greatly anticipating María Elena González’s upcoming show at Herschel + Adler Gallery in New York City. María’s work is rooted in the use of natural materials such as wood and pulp papers resonating with our connection to the natural world. Turn #1 Untitled Over the past few years, she has branched out to music […]

Alban Fischer, graphic designer

It’s always interesting to learn about how the creative process works for other designers. Alban Fischer, most known for his imaginative book covers, describes the first step for him starts with type. Walking through our favorite book store his expressive lettering is a warm invitation to the stories inside. Alban affirms, “We need covers to reinforce […]

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 […]

Icefjord Center

As we prepare for the cold weather in Chicago, it is always nice to see beautiful architecture for frozen landscapes. As is the case with Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter’s concept for the Icefjord Center in Greenland. The concept includes a winding building that works with the landscape without intruding on the views. The roof acts as […]

Sailing Yacht Concept by Adam Vorhees

In collaboration with Dykstra Naval Architects, Adam Vorhees has created an absolutely stunning Sailing Yacht concept for his client. The timeless design incorporates two glass deckhouses that seem to rise up through the boat’s teak deck. Vorhees designed the yacht with the knowledge of his client’s “interest for an extremely comfortable and extraordinarily fast yacht that […]

Colored Pencil Vases

Created by artist Tuomas Markunpoika, Amalgamated is a small edition of vases created from colored pencils. The works are reminiscent of early American woodworking but have a distinct patterning all their own.   Tuomas Markunpoika Amalgamated  Tuomas Markunpoika Amalgamated  Tuomas Markunpoika Amalgamated  Tuomas Markunpoika Amalgamated    The pencils are hand combined and glued, making use of […]

Closing Soon: Waterfall at Versailles

Closing on the 30th of October, Olafur Eliasson‘s Waterfall at the Palace of Versailles is a work that challenges our perception of grandeur. The piece has been installed since June 7th and has stunned thousands of visitors thus far. From certain perspectives, the piece is a surreal “floating” waterfall amid a flat lake. “The Versailles that […]