Just when we thought translucent concrete was one of the most unusual design ideas we'd come across—until we got a look at it that is—we’ve found another one. Get ready for the wood light bulb, a collaboration between Kyoto-based designer Ryosuke Fukusada and LEDON, an Austrian firm that’s on the leading edge of LED technology.
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A New York architect who specializes in the restoration and reinvention of historic buildings has written the best book to date on adaptive re-use. What marks it off from earlier surveys is the critical intelligence of her writing and the freshness of her choices. "An old building is not an obstacle but rather a foundation for continued action," she writes, and every paragraph conveys her passion for enhancing the beauty and utility of found structures, ranging from a ruined pigsty to the noblest monuments. In each, an architect who shares her skill has devised an appropriate strategy for creative intervention. And each building is explored in detail, with an image from Google Earth to show its surroundings, plans and drawings, and close-ups of finishes and details.
Save for some immutable specifics—how eyeglasses are stored and displayed, how customers try them on and see themselves in them—Ron Radziner, of Marmol Radziner, had the chance to let his creativity range as he and his firm designed the new Oliver Peoples store in San Francisco. As he puts it, “It’s more about how you express the concept of the brand and the feeling.”
A ceramist by training, Erin Adams' design career has spanned three decades. She has created work for Ann Sacks and New Ravenna to name just a few of the firms that have worked with her, not to mention received and been nominated multiple awards. Her newest venture is a curated lifestyle brand, House Fifty Two, where she's bringing the work of talented artists and designers together. The pieces range from housewares to tile, wallpaper and furnishings. With such a tremendous design résumé, we wanted to get her take on the state of the profession. We're delighted to share her thoughts on her inspiration and her favorites—and she reveals her fascination with fake food.