• The Aesthetics of Practical Elegance

    Objects of Use and Beauty in Japanese Culinary Tools

    By: Mark Favermann - Jun 20th, 2018

    The Fuller Craft Museum is one the few specifically craft museums in the United States. Ranging from the traditional to the high tech, its appealing and thoughtful current exhibit showcases a wonderful assemblage of diverse Japanese utensils and accessories used in domestic as well as professional kitchens.

  • Museum of Art and Design Burke Prize

    Selva Aparicio 2023 Winner

    By: MAD - Nov 02nd, 2023

    The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) announces Selva Aparicio as the winner of the 2023 Burke Prize. Established in 2018, the Museum’s biennial prize honoring excellence in contemporary craft is named for craft collectors Marian and Russell Burke. It awards an unrestricted $50,000 to an artist aged 45 or under working in the United States.

  • Boston Dynamics's AI

    Dance Spot Dance

    By: Mark Faveremann - Jun 01st, 2023

    In recent months, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics has been deemed by journalists and other critics as demonic forces that will endanger the future of humanity.

  • Department of Play

    New Urban Planning Paradigm

    By: Mark Faveremann - May 27th, 2023

    An example of Department of Play’s approach was recently on display at Northeastern University’s Gallery 360’s exhibition At Play. The collective views its mission as fostering group discovery and involvement in the thoughtful (playful?) envisioning of an evolving urban environment.

  • New Publication from MFA

    America Goes Modern: The Rise of the Industrial Designer by Nonie Gadsden with Kate Lanford Joy

    By: Mark Faveremann - May 19th, 2023

    In a thoughtful introduction, Gadsden makes her case for Modernism, and then hones in on five wonderfully talented but quite different trailblazing industrial designers: Paul T. Frankl (1886-1958), Donald Deskey (1894-1989), Viktor Schreckengost (1906-2008), Harley J. Earl (1893-1969), and Belle Kogan (1902-2000).

  • The Sneaky Frank Lloyd Wright

    From New Balance

    By: Mark Favermann - May 01st, 2023

    Aside from their earth tones, this footwear has nothing to do with Frank Lloyd Wright. As a branding strategy, it is an extremely strange choice for a contemporary sports shoe design.

  • Slavery Remembrance Day in the US

    Dealing with Past Atrocities

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 22nd, 2022

    On July 27, 2022, a bill creating a Slavery Remembrance Day, introduceed by Congressman Al Green of Houston, Texas, passed in Congress.  August 20th was the date in 1619 White Lion ship with 20 “and odd” Angolans, kidnapped by the Portuguese, arrived in the British colony Point Comfort in Virginia.

  • New Directions: The Cover Story

    Pioneer Designer Alvin Lustig’s Fifty Best Book Covers In One Box

    By: Jessica Robinson - Apr 16th, 2021

    The great graphic designer Milton Glaser once said, “there are three responses to a piece of design—yes, no, and WOW!” WOW! is what you’ll say to New Directions’ newly assembled set of fifty postcards celebrating its greatest salesman, Alvin Lustig—a creative genius who revolutionized the craft of book-cover design. Each of the postcards in this glorious collection is a work of art in its own right.

  • Shaker Village Contest

    Bake the Round Barn

    By: Shaker - Nov 17th, 2020

    Get creative in the kitchen. All submissions will be exhibited during Hancock Holidays on Saturday, December 12. Winners receive free membership to the Village and kitchen swag from Shaker Mercantile.

  • Daniel Kershaw Stages the Show

    The Art of Native America at the Met

    By: Jessica Robinson - Oct 20th, 2020

    Before covid and shut-downs, millions of viewers each year passed through the galleries at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art looking at Daniel Kershaw's stagings. He is a design star you’ve never heard of. As Senior Exhibition Designer at the largest museum in the United States, Kershaw’s job is to plan and build environments for up to a dozen shows annually.

  • Philippe David’s Happy Threads

    Textile Designs Inspired by Nature

    By: Jessica Robinson - Sep 02nd, 2020

    “I showed this fabric at an early stage of its existence to a professional in my industry. When he said, ‘you will never sell a yard of it,’ I knew I had a WINNER!” Textile designer Philippe David is referring to his bestselling creation – ever: “Bal d'Eté" (Summer Prom), a colorful and joyful silk fabric manufactured in India, the land of textile wonders.

  • Spa Journeys for Astral Travelers

    What A Trip

    By: Jessica Robinson - Jun 10th, 2020

    Canyon Ranch may be just down the road for Berkshireites, but in the time of Covid, it's as inaccessible as the moon. Jessica Robinson suggests how to satisfy a spa yearning safely.

  • Marie Cuttoli at Barnes Foundation

    The Modern Thread from Miro to Man Ray

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 04th, 2020

    A new exhibit at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia features the collection of Marie Cuttoli, an entrepreneur who convinced many of the artists of her time to create designs for her the workshops, first in her own design studio in Paris and then for the tapestry weavers of of Aubusson, France.

  • The Look of PyeongChang Winter Olympics

    Branding Is Colorful But Not Visually Overwhelming

    By: Mark Favermann - Feb 25th, 2018

    The Olympic Look of the Games is the visual and environmental expression of a particular Olympic Games. At the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, the designers not only created a Korean signature, but a more elegant statement of the Winter celebration of athletic achievement.

  • Trade Secrets Is This Weekend

    Rare Plants And Garden Antiques

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 08th, 2017

    Trade Secrets, a rare plant and garden antique show and sale takes place this weekend, May 13th and 14th at lion Rock Farm in Sharon, Ct. The event benefits Women's Support Services.

  • London’s Design Museum — An Inspiring Experience

    One of the Major Venues for Experiencing Art of Design

    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 23rd, 2017

    London's newly opened Design Museum is the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from architecture and fashion to graphics, product and industrial design. The Design Museum is now open in its spectacular new location on High Street Kensington. It is now a major venue to visit in London.

  • Industrial Designer Richard Sapper (1932-2015)

    Iconic Industrial Designer Dead at 83

    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 12th, 2016

    Iconic himself, Richard Sapper, an industrial designer whose sleek, precision-engineered prototypes spawned the Alessi espresso maker, the Tizio lamp and the IBM ThinkPad, died on Dec. 31 in Milan. He set the highest standards for industrial design in the latter half of the 20th Century and the early 21st Century.

  • Westward Ho Ho Ho! Berkshire Museum

    2015 Holiday Theme at the Berkshire Museum

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Nov 16th, 2015

    Each year, the Berkshire Museum, hosts the Festival of Trees. Both a fundraiser and a social event, this years theme is 'Westward Ho Ho Ho!' The goal is for the eighty participants to decorate their holiday trees in the theme of the event. The theme coincides with the museums 'American West' and 'Go West' exhibition.

  • Jiminy Peak and Nexamp Launch a Solar Project

    2.3 Megawatt Solar Community Months Away

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 25th, 2015

    Jiminy Peak Resort, of New Ashford, Massachusetts, partners with Nexamp, a solar energy developer to construct a 2.3 megawayy solar energy facility that will tackle the majority of power used on the ski mountain and the neighboring community.

  • Tom Krens Proposes a New North Adams Museum

    The Global Contemporary Collection and Museum Planned for Route Two

    By: Charles giuliano - Aug 12th, 2015

    While director of the Williams College Museum of Art Tom Krens initiated plans for Mass MoCA. When he left for a 20 year career at the Guggenheim Museum in New York that project moved forward under Joe Thompson. Now Krens, a Williams graduate and Williamstown home owner, is proposing to create a for profit museum on leased land fronting the high traffic corridor between MoCA, Williams College and the newly expanded and renovated Clark Art Institute.

  • Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

    Tiffany Treasures in Winter Park, Florida

    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 01st, 2015

    Catherine Hinman, the Museum’s Director of Public Affairs and Publications, said “A highlight of a visit [to the Morse Museum] is always the Byzantine-Romanesque chapel interior Tiffany designed for exhibition at the 1893 world’s fair in Chicago, which literally brought fair-goers to their knees in 1893 and continues to mesmerize our visitors today.”

  • Naumkeag's Exceptional Garden Party

    Restoration at the National Historic Landmak is Evident

    By: Philip S.Kampe - Jul 30th, 2015

    The Trustees of Naumkeag host the yearly Garden Party for an enthusiastic crowd of local and out-of-town well wishers. Bellinis , hors d'oeuvres and sweets entertained the crowds appetite on this glorious, sunny afternoon in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

  • Blantyre in Lenox a World Class Destination

    Relais & Chateaux Rated

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 28th, 2015

    Blantyre in our backyard, is only minutes from Tanglewood and the arts of the Berkshires. Rooms are beautiful and wine and gourmet food is affordable.

  • Nudie's of Hollywood

    Gonzo Rhinestone Cowboy

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 24th, 2015

    The orange suit with bolero jacket and rhinestone designs was made for a one hit wonder who never picked it up. Since it was a perfect fit Nudie, the designer of the stars, made me an offer I could not refuse. Wearing it always resulted in total gonzo adventures.

  • Branding Chicago

    The Art and Design of Promoting South Side Products

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 10th, 2015

    Valmor Products’ advertising and packaging is the subject of a funny, provocative and eye-opening exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center. Love for Sale: The Graphic Art of Valmor Products runs until August 2 in the 4th floor north exhibit hall, just across from the not-to-be-missed exhibit of the paintings of Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist.

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