For many, designing high rises, museums and hotels would be creative outlet enough. Not so for Dan Janotta, a principal and senior designer at Johnson Fain. In the late 1980s and into the 1990s, he began designing furniture, even opening a studio while still working full time at the firm. “It was an independent, creative extension of what I did at work,” he says. After the birth of his son, “something had to give,” he recalls, and he put his furniture work on the backburner.
How to make a splash in Manhattan? It’s a question that has vexed more than a few. For Novotel, the hotelier well known to travelers throughout Europe and Asia, it was especially important. The company wanted to make a big impression with their new Times Square flagship—and to capture the spirit and uniqueness of the location—without leaning on tired interpretations, so that was one of the key questions posed to four architecture firms competing for the commission.
It doesn’t seem possible—with its sinuous strips of lashed and looped bamboo—that the chaise is for sitting let alone lounging. It seems more a piece of sculpture. In actuality, it's both. It’s Flow, a new chaise conjured up by Taiwainese designer Feng Cheng-Tsung and fabricated by Chen Kao-Min as Cheng-Tsung’s response to contemporary designers’ use of bamboo. “I believe that the methods of making bamboo products are too limited,” he explains. “I wanted to release the restricted soul of bamboo.”
This spring, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, in collaboration with its project partners, including the State Coastal Conservancy, Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission celebrated the restoration of the Malibu Lagoon. It's considered by many to be one of the most ecologically significant wetlands restorations ever undertaken on the West Coast. One of its key players is architect Clark Stevens.
In Focus: Architecture, a small, but exquisite exhibition at the Getty Museum, samples a favorite subject of photographers, from the invention of the medium in 1839 to the present. Architecture in Photographs is the title of a book by Gordon Baldwin, comprising 75 images from the Getty’s fabulous collection, and assistant photography curator Amanda Maddox has selected a third of these for her exhibition. Book and show offer a fascinating commentary on the evolution of the medium and the speed of its growth. Within a decade of the first images by Daguerre in France and Henry Fox Talbot in England, photographers had fanned out across the world, recording monuments, people and natural wonders. The cameras were cumbersome, the processing laborious, but these pioneers were undeterred, and they created a priceless record of a now-vanished world. Monumental buildings were favorite subjects, because they were static, could be pictured in constantly shifting light, and offered a ready-made composition for the photographer to interpret.