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 […]

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 […]

Sony Glass Sound speaker

The best design has some element of surprise, which is why we were delighted to come across the Sony Glass Sound Speaker.  This is the most untraditional bluetooth speaker we have ever seen.  The glass cylinder is able to transmit sound that is crisp and clear and is reported to capture the human voice with surprising […]

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 […]