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 […]

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 […]

Opening Next Week: Moholy-Nagy at the AIC

  After spending over three months at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the exhibition Moholy-Nagi: Future Present will be coming to Chicago next week. The much anticipated show covers a breadth of work by renowned international artist László Moholy-Nagy. “Painting, photography, film, sculpture, advertising, product design, theater sets—László Moholy-Nagy (American, born Hungary, 1894–1946) did it all. Future Present, […]

Pierre Lassonde Pavillion

  The Pierre Lassonde Pavillion at The Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) is an award-winning, widely acclaimed architectural feat. Created by OMA in partnership with Provencher Roy, the building manages to both inspire and welcome visitors.   via Provencher Roy via Provencher Roy via OMA via OMA     Inside the column-less building, […]

Good Design by Ludwig Rensch

It is rare that we find something as mundane as a printer exciting, but designer Ludwig Rensch has peaked out interest. The concept is new and fresh and we want one in our office! We highly suggest you watch the video of the product HERE. Without further ado, here is Paper: a printer you actually want.   […]

Seashore Chapel

Vector Architects have created an ethereal chapel on the beach of the Beidaihe New District in China. The structure is built right along the water line, raised enough to let the tide flow under. The chapel is minimal and smart, structurally vented to keep it dry and simple enough to keep it safe.   via DesignBoom […]

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 […]