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Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio
February 20–May 24, 2015
This February, the Hammer Museum will present the West Coast debut of Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, featuring the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, such as a handbag for Longchamp, to large-scale structures like the new distillery for Bombay Sapphire Gin.

 

 

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Mar102014

FORM on Design: Michael Graves Teams with QuickDrain USA

QuickDrain USA's new collaboration features a pair of linear drains designed by architect Michael Graves. Image courtesy QuickDrain USA. When one of the most important American architects of the last 50 years singles your product out as revolutionary? How can you not collaborate? That’s the position the folks at QuickDrain USA found themselves in back in 2009, when Michael Graves, the American architect in question, singled out one of their linear drains in a keynote speech in front of some 500 architects at the 2009 Healthcare Design Show in Orlando.  It seems that he’d purchased one for his own home—QuickDrain had no idea—and told the audience that the drain was the future of ADA and barrier-free showers, something dear to the wheelchair-bound architect’s heart.

While Graves is an industrial-design veteran (his work for Alessi and Target have reached icon status), this was his first foray into the territory trod by QuickDrain. It was, though, by all accounts, a smashing success. “The design process was a pleasure from start to finish,” says Josef Erlebach, the company’s vice president for tech support. “The whole team was involved and they came up with such great ideas that we even changed our product to accommodate the changes in strainers. 

The new collection includes two models, both of which are suited to residential, hospitality and commercial applications. The first, Stream, as its name suggests, features an abstract, wavy pattern, that runs the length of the drain. Cosmo, on the other hand, has a design of rectangular perforations. Available in in brushed and polished stainless steel and a new oil-rubbed bronze finish, they’re made of 18-gauge 304 stainless steel and will be available in standard and custom lengths up to 100 inches.

“By teaming up with Michael Graves we were able to broaden our reach and bring our design aesthetic to an entirely new level,” says Erlebach. “Michael Graves has an incredible talent for capturing the essence of innovation and philosophies based on quality.  His designs have universal appeal and our partnership with him has refined our own design expertise furthering our position as a leader in the luxury linear drains industry.”

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