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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shakers and Movers at the AIC

  The exhibit Shakers and Movers at the Art Institute of Chicago shows the virtue and beauty of Shaker culture. An austere and humble religion, The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, commonly known as the Shakers, has only one community left. However, their influence is not lost on American society. Minimal and […]

Waarmaker Zero Waste Lamp

Waarmakers, a studio based in Amsterdam, has created a light that is built from its own packaging. R16 is an innovative lamp made of a strategically laser-cut packing tube. All of its components (wire, bulb, and hanging fixture) are shipped inside the tube itself, the only thing you need is an old pencil and a […]

Get Quiet with Parentesit

Released in 2015 and awarded Metropolis’s #metropolisLikes award at Neocon this year, Parentesit is equal parts function and art object. Designed by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper, Parentesit proves to be a quiet showstopper. The modular wall panels read as minimalist painting and act as extra sound absorption in offices, restaurants, and any space that needs a little […]

Catch It Before It’s Gone: “As Seen” at The Art Institute of Chicago

Ending on August 14th, you still have a few more weeks to get a history lesson at the Art Institute of Chicago. As Seen: Exhibitions That Made Architecture and Design History features research on 11 different group exhibitions from 1956 to 2006. According to the Art Institute of Chicago’s website the project was “initiated as part […]

Water Block

Located on the 5th floor at the Musee de Orsay, Tokujon Yoshioka’s Water Block benches coexist with impressionist painting. Providing both seating and sculpture to the gallery, the benches are a unique addition to the floor.     Water Block sits effortlessly within the gallery, acting as a modern foil to the impressionist paintings.       […]

Blog Spotlight

This week, we decided to honor one of many blogs that inspire us daily. Remodelista has been an infinite source for good reads with an emphasis on aesthetic. We look forward to seeing their compositions daily. The personal anecdotes mixed with inspiration and the occasional picture of their own home make Remodelista read like an old […]