• Encountering Louis Comfort Tiffany in the Berkshires

    Exquisite Windows of St. Stephen's Church in Pittsfield

    By: Maria Reveley - Aug 05th, 2014

    Louis Comfort Tiffany's windows adorn Pittsfield's St. Stephen's Episcopal Church at Park Square. With the exception of the sanctuary windows, the stained glass windows were commissioned either from the Tiffany Glass Company of New York or Mary Tillinghast, who had been a pupil and partner of the master of American glass John La Farge. All were created and installed in the late 1890s.

  • Sochi 2014 Olympics Look of the Games

    A Too Busy Patchwork Quilt of Ethnic Imagery

    By: Mark Favermann - Feb 07th, 2014

    The venues at Sochi look great, but like a too sweet holiday dessert, the Sochi Winter Olympics "Look" seems to try too hard to please everyone by the way it visually frames the 2014 Winter Games. Similar to Vancouver's 2010 everything including the kitchen sink approach to branding and graphic identity, Sochi's "look" works better. Too visually and perhaps ethnically layered, the " patchwork quilt" looks best on athletes' bibs and venue interiors. Perhaps, it has something to do with the Russian Character?

  • Body & Soul at Museum of Arts and Design

    A Dialogue with Curator Wendy Tarlow Kaplan

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 07th, 2013

    The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City through March 2 is exhibiting Body & Soul: New International Ceramics. The medium has been used by artists to express a wide range of charged social issues including identity, sexuality, bullying, abuse, violence, rebellion and despair. Recently we discussed the project with Wendy Tarlow Kaplan who co curated the exhibition with Martin S. Kaplan and Laurent de Verneuil.

  • 2013 National Design Awards Announced

    Cooper-Hewitt Museum Honors Design Achievement

    By: Mark Favermann - May 17th, 2013

    The National Design Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement. This year's award-winners are from a variety of design disciplines.

  • The Genius of Everyday Things At MIT

    Practical Simplicity Married to Functional Elegance

    By: Mark Favermann - May 03rd, 2013

    Hidden Heroes is a design exhibition that includes cases of objects, patent drawings, movies and advertising posters. Showcasing the importance of elegant design of seemingly simple but highly useful objects, this array of 36 classic items embodies ideals of modernism that are both relevant and popular. Here function literally follows form. In basic terms, this is the underlying story of the marriage of creativity, industry and invention.

  • Brian Jewett’s Unique Baskets

    Warp and Woof

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 20th, 2013

    This past winter Brian Jewett worked on several new basket designs using plastic ties. Before shipping them to Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia he sent images to friends and collectors. He created an earlier version of the designs as a chandelier above our dining room table.

  • NYC Phone Booth Competition Missed Call

    Free Design Work Is Just Crowdsourcing for Startups

    By: Mark Favermann - Mar 17th, 2013

    It is unfair that public artists, designers and architects do free work to get commissions. With some fanfare, several interesting hip judges and techno startups as point entities, another Competition has taken place with little to win for all of the effort that was put forth. Taken seriously, the results from a competition to replace the antiquated and often out of order call boxes would be an imaginative series of solutions. But instead it was only a minor creative conversation. And words are cheap. Here design is shown in fits and starts and undetermined consequences.

  • Tasty Gourmet Food Trucks

    Though Around for Long Time, A Strong New Design Trend

    By: Mark Favermann - Dec 26th, 2012

    Starting in the 19th Century as Chuck Wagons on cattle drives, then becoming convenient lunch wagons in urban centers and a childhood memory as ice cream trucks, the growing and refined gastronomical convoy of Gourmet Food Trucks are now a provocative piece of the urban fabric. Their design and placement have many moving parts and add color, vitality and new sophisticated tastes to our lives.

  • The Unaesthetic American Cell Tower

    Ma Bell's Children Are Philistines

    By: Mark Favermann - Nov 25th, 2012

    For the past decade and a half, the various American phone service entities have "created" rather inelegant cell towers to expand the best service to their customers. This has been a rather lazy engineering experience. Certainly enlisting designers and sculptors to the task would have brought better results. However, some European phone companies have brought flair and a public beauty.

  • Liminal Objects at Harvard's Design School

    A Conference to Discuss the Object in Spatial Context

    By: Mark Favermann - Oct 25th, 2012

    Approaching design from differing points of view, Liminal Objects initiated a conference series at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design about design that aims to identify pressing issues within the field by exploring the designed object’s role in diverse spatial practices. Designers, academics, critics and curators looked objectively at the designed object.

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