We may be hitting the dog days of summer, but that doesn’t mean the AIA|Los Angeles is taking the month of August off. Instead, they have a great group of events planned in the coming days and weeks, with opportunities and seminars that will challenge, inform and inspire.
For West Coast fans of chic, sleek furniture, there’s a new kid in town. Flexform, the Italian firm known for its elegant, contemporary pieces, just opened a new showroom in San Francisco. We chatted with Gregory Herman, the owner of the new furniture hotspot, about Flexform and some current furniture trends.
As part of our Wayback Wednesday series of posts, celebrating our 15th anniversary this year, we're highlighting some of our favorite features from FORM's print edition. Today, we're sharing an interview our editor-in-chief, Alexi Drosu, conducted with James Garland, the founder and president of Fluidity Design Consultants, a firm specializing in water design. Below, he talks with Alexi about what drew him to water design, his sources of inspiration and how his approach has evolved over the years. He also touches on the future of "green" water design, a subject that has increasing and urgent relevance to those living in regions facing drought conditions of historic proportions.
Richard Powers is an exemplary photographer of residential interiors and Dominic Bradbury is a fluent writer. They've collaborated before, to great advantage, on The Iconic House and The Iconic Interior, but they are unable to strike a spark with this new collection. Layout, graphics, and landscapes are undeniably beautiful, but too much of the architecture seems to be no more than a standard-issue retreat from a frenzied city or a foil to nature. And the interiors feel inert, as though they were expensive showrooms, never to be inhabited by real people.