The Factory

Has any place ever filled you with tremendous awe? With wonder and dreams of a different world? The way we feel while looking at The Factory, designed by Ricardo Bofill, just touches on these notions. This amazing multi-functional home was once an abandoned cement factory, left for ruin in Sant Just Desvern, Spain. The enormous complex […]

The Parthenon of Books

A rousing political art piece by Marta Minujin will be on display in Kassel, Germany as part of documenta 14, an ongoing exhibition and place for debates on contemporary culture and its current sociopolitical contexts. Documenta, which occurs every 5 years, has broken into two sites – one in Kassel, one in Athens – for the 2017 exhibition. […]

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 […]

Japanese Woodblock Prints – A Reintroduction

Japanese woodblock prints from the 17th to 20th centuries have been collected, digitized, and made available to the public through the Library of Congress. Frequently depicted in the block prints are actors, women, landscapes, daily life, Japanese literature scenes, and views of Western foreigners; themes present from moments of leisure and entertainment in Japan. According […]

Garden of Architectural Dreams

“An absolute garden, synthesis of nature and architecture”. A collaboration between Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi and the Dubai based group Designlab Experience has resulted in Archetype, a large scale wire mesh installation that blends the visual connections of natural and architectural space. Fabricated for a royal event in Abu Dhabi, the installation encompasses 7,ooo sqm […]

A Lock Not So Grimm

Residing 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 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 […]

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 […]