Drive down a busy city street, and you spot them—those brightly colored, inflatable figures waving frantically outside car dealerships and fast food places, beckoning you with deals on loans and pizza. Designer Jamie Wolfond (we profiled him last year) has taken the idea and turned it on its head.
Last month, our publisher, Balcony Press, had the pleasure of sponsoring a signing to celebrate the release of Scott Johnson's new book, Performative Skyscraper: Tall Building Design Now. The event featured remarks by Qingyun Ma, Dean and Della + Harry MacDonald Chair, USC School of Architecture. It was held at Johnson Fain Studios in Downtown LA.
To purchase the book, (all proceeds go to the USC School of Architecture) contact Natalie Egnatchik.
This year, FORM celebrates our 15th anniversary. As part of our year-long celebration, we'll be highlighting some of our favorite articles from past issue of print edition here on the Web site in a feature we're calling Wayback Wednesday. Today, we're going back to 2009 and re-introducing you to Jennifer Siegal and her Office of Mobile Design, who was interviewed by our publisher, Ann Gray for that year's March/April issue.
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A while back we introduced you to BuzziSpace, the company that's aiming to bring down the volume in the contemporary office environment. Their range of furniture, wall panels, work space solutions and even lighting is all designed to make open-plan offices a bit quieter. From the BuzziShade that recalls Get Smart's Cone of Silence to fabrics and panels, they're taking on noise stylishly. One of their newest products draws its inspiration straight from the farm.
The new BuzziMilk takes its form from milking stools, although the designer, Alain Gilles, opted for a fourth leg, rather than the traditional three, for additional stability. The seat can also be cushioned, making it a great spot to perch (without the cushion, it becomes a handy, portable table) for a bit.
We're totally intrigued by this video documenting the installation of BAUMGARTNER + URIU's site specific work Apertures at SCI-Arc. Requring no additional structural elements, the 16-foot-tall structure instead relies only on its thin surface (1/8") for support, which is crafted from 223 panels of CNC milled from polyurethane foam.
The exhibition wrapped up, but the video provides a compelling story and insight. Take a look.