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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cast Landscape at Tippet Rise Art Center

Opening June 17th in Montana, Tippet Rise Art Center will be a place where landscape, art, architecture, and music live simultaneously to create a unique experience for visitors. Located just north of Yellowstone National Park, Tippet Rise has enlisted artists to transform the land in a way that positively interacts with the landscape. Ensemble Studio […]

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 […]

Galleries and Learning in the Online Age

The Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, in New York has released an online gallery of sorts called MomaLearning. It offers a selection of artists and themes to discover, giving viewers well-curated art history lessons complete with slideshows and worksheets. Our favorite of the day is the “gallery” titled Marcel Duchamp and the Ready Made. Below, we’ve […]

The Modern Chair

Our home-base museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, opened a new exhibit yesterday called “The Modern Chair”. It is the first in a series of exhibitions that will lead up to the opening of the museum’s first permanent collection of 20th-21st century architecture and design. The exhibit features furniture starting in the Machine Age, highlighting […]

When Clay Gives Way to Stone

While still in their soft state, a stone is placed on the edge of a clay vase.  The weight of the stone shapes the clay, forming a natural curve in response. Each piece is signed, numbered, and its formative stone is presented with the finished product.  The pieces are designed by Martin Azúa and produced in […]

Metzker-Master of Light

Perhaps we feel an affinity to Ray Metzker‘s work because his photographic roots were planted here in Chicago, our home base and his frequent subject matter.  Regardless, with his ability to capture light and lines, his images would have caught our attention. He pushed the boundaries of what could be done with black and white […]