For the last 40 years, many a well-appointed American home has boasted a piece or of Roche Bobois’s chic, contemporary furniture with a distinctly French flair. This fall, to celebrate the company’s four decades in the United States, they’re debuting the Traveler Chair, a new piece (actually two pieces) created by Stephen Burks, the founder of New York–based studio Readymade Projects, in one of the leading industrial designers working today, who has consulted with Aid To Artisans, The Clinton Global Initiative and The Nature Conservancy, to name a few, not to mention collaborated with Moroso and Capellini.
We’ve hit September. The easy rhythms of the summer are yielding to the brisker tempo of fall. It’s true for us here at FORM, and it’s true for our friends at the AIA|LA, who are kicking off the first month of autumn with a bang-up calendar of events, lectures and even an exhibition.
Over our 15-year history as FORM: Pioneering Design, we've had the chance to interview some legends of design. Our 2008 September/October issue featured an exclusive conversation with the legendary architect Ray Kappe, whose work embodies a particuarly Southern Californian spirit. In the chat, conducted by Danny King, Kappe addresses energy conservation, a topic that's importance was becoming more and relevant to design. Six years on, it's intriguing to see the ideas Kappe has addressed throughout his career have become such imporant and relevant parts of architectural dialogue in the second decade of the 21st century.
If you happen to have 22 artisans—craftsmen, welders, painters—at your disposable, what do you do? If you’re Source Outdoor, you maximize their talents. Last year, the company introduced a new line of umbrellas, awnings and cabanas to great acclaim, and, says Gerald Shvartsman, Source Outdoor's CEO, “We started thinking about things we could do to work inside our spectrum, using the equipment we already had, to meet the needs of the design community.” The elegant solution turned out to be Source Railings, a new line of railings, fences and gates.
Later this year, Cirque du Soleil and Grupo Vidanta will be opening a new show and culinary experience on the Riviera Maya. Since Cirque du Soleiil shows often conjure thoughts of Vegas, we were particularly intrigued about the possibility of translating the show experience into a venue in a more natural—read jungle—setting. The new show, dubbed JOYÁ, will live in a 600-seat theater. We chatted with the architect of the project, Arturo Hernandez, who graciously gave us some details on the upcoming project.