Design
Seeing the City as Art

Seeing the City as Art

How Jan Gehl redesigned New York  If you empty it out, they will come. This is the working premise of Danish architect Jan Gehl.  Here is your chance to learn about the chap responsible for all the initial bitching about those silly looking chairs in Times Square when traffic was forbidden and space opened up...
Wearable Art

Wearable Art

Impressionists, Fashion and Modernity at the Met A big show founded on a simple idea, “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” is like taking a gander at the walk-in closet of some very elegant people, only they’re expecting you. The dresses, also a few men’s frock coats, are there, as well as hats, corsets, even dressing table...
Worth A Thousand Words

Worth A Thousand Words

 Ed Ruscha’s book projects–explained January marked the 50th anniversary of Ed Ruscha’s influential book “Twentysix Gasoline Stations,” in which Ruscha’s Route 66 road trip yielded a collection of influential black-and-white photographs of filling (or emptying, if you will) stations, isolating the anomie of their stark, graphically interesting forms, with no text explanation. Ruscha’s Steinbeckian journey...
Ugly Chic-The Couture Version

Ugly Chic-The Couture Version

A Closer Look at Schiaparelli and Prada’s Lobster Tales As celebrities trouped up the red carpet to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala on May 7th, it was hard to imagine anything subversive could be happening anywhere in the museum. Paparazzi clicked and video cameras live-streamed, while Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, led a...
The World of Duncan Phyfe

The World of Duncan Phyfe

Reviving a Life of Craft and Design How to find a real Duncan Phyfe? Knock-offs of his furniture have been floating around for centuries; the cabinetmaker rarely signed his work. Simple. Go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Wing. Telescoping time backwards, pass the Frank Lloyd Wright rooms on your left (still seems...
Record-Breaking McQueen Exhibit

Record-Breaking McQueen Exhibit

Were you one of the 661,509 visitors to the Alexander McQueen exhibit? The retrospective was among the Met’s top ten most visited exhibitions in its 141-year history (#8 overall). Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty featured over a hundred ensembles and seventy accessories beginning with the designer’s first collection as a Central St. Martin’s postgraduate in 1992...
It Takes a Village (of Designers)

It Takes a Village (of Designers)

  Watch out for Colorbots this month. No, we’re not talking about the assistants in Diane Von Furstenberg’s fashion studio. Rather, people will maneuver these small robots to create a large-scale work of art during the Parsons Festival. Each year, thousands of students bustle through the classrooms and studio spaces at Parsons The New School for Design —pursuing higher...
To Spring’s Late Bloomers

To Spring’s Late Bloomers

Neil Denari enriches the dialogue of art and ideas with his first high-rise apartment building Call it the “slow growth over time” approach. At the age of 53, after years of teaching and theorizing about architecture at Columbia, Princeton and UCLA, Neil Denari has produced his first free-standing building. The iconoclasticHL23, as the highrise apartment...

Building Blocks of Books

Van Alen Institute, the haven for architects in Chelsea, isn’t content with just offering support for design practitioners and scholars anymore. Later this month, it will be unveiling Van Alen Books, a new bookstore and public reading room located in its headquarters at 30 W. 22nd St.