August 2018: Things We Love…

TRAVEL Perched on an oceanside cliff in Puerto Vallarta, Le Kliff introduces diners to authentic, gourmet culinary traditions of Mexico while adding a touch of modernity. ART Les Renforts (1963), by American Painter Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976). This sculpture can be seen in at Fonation Maeght in Saint-Paul-De-Vence, France. FASHION Dior “L’Air” navy blue square […]

Bocci Lighting Installation in Berlin

Bocci, founded by Omer Arbel, is a design and manufacturing company based in Vancouver and Berlin. The company launched  in 2005 with just one lighting design titled ’14,’ which was an instant hit and remains a best seller. In 2015, Bocci installed ‘Bocci 79,’ an installation throughout a historic Berlin building that functions as a a showroom and […]

Georg Jensen at The Art Institute

In 1904, Danish silversmith Georg Jensen founded his renowned design company Georg Jensen, and thereafter contributed to the popularity of Scandinavian design throughout the world. Georg Jensen was well known for inventive, yet elegant silver tableware, serving dishes, tea sets and more, which have been featured in exhibitions throughout Europe. The Art Institute of Chicago […]

Modern Home Designed in 18th Century Farmhouse

Architects Nathanael Dorent and Lily Jencks worked together to design this Scottish home, built amongst existing ruins of an 18th century farmhouse. Though the exterior is reconstructed in a contemporary style, the designers preserved the original floor-plan and what was left of the stone walls. As another nod to the original structure, they designed a pitched roof similar […]

Balloon Clock

Balloons play an important role in a children’s life. It is there at parties, birthdays and many other activities that can be related with good memories. HEARTSTORMING a Seoul based designer and makers studio found in 2011 specializes in product design and their goal is to make our heart smile with their playful products. The Aria […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]