Architects Design Buildings But Do They Design Skyscrapers, or Are They Products of Their Times? – James Murray

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Architects Design Buildings But Do They Design Skyscrapers, or Are They Products of Their Times?

James Murray

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: January 31, 2012

Publisher: Think James Photo

Seller: James Murray


Every photo is a memory and every building is created from these memories and experiences of architects. Or are they? That is what I will discuss with you in this essay. It was written as part of my course at university but I wanted to share with you my thoughts. It is only a short piece but I hope you will gain a lot out of it. When thinking about skyscrapers two American cities come to mind, New York and Chicago. However, why do the skylines take the form they do, and is it the architects that design them, or are they a product of their time? This writing argues if architects had anything to do with the design of the early high-rise buildings discussing all the different factors that influenced their appearance.

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The Bridal Party at Amsale to Open in Garment Center Design Studio

PRESSING ON: Six months after the death of designer Amsale Aberra, the namesake company is moving forward with a new retail concept geared toward bridesmaids.
Starting Sept. 24, bridal parties can schedule appointments at the Amsale creative studio in New York’s garment district. Shoppers will find The Bridal Party at Amsale. The direct-to-consumer approach will give customers a full range of colors, fabrications, sizes, silhouettes and styles of both the Amsale and Nouvelle Amsale Bridesmaids collections. In step with the ever-increasing experiential options at retail, shoppers will have a behind-the-scenes view of the company’s Midtown design studio.
Neil Brown, chief executive officer of Amsale, said the introduction of The Bridal Party at Amsale is a “natural progression” for the brand as the retail landscape is changing. To that end, the way that brides and bridesmaids shop for dresses has “significantly shifted,” he said.
The more personalized shopping experience is designed to play up the attention to detail. There are more than 200 styles from both the Amsale and Nouvelle Amsale Bridesmaids collections. Clients will be encouraged to leaf through the numerous styles and try on different looks and take a close look at the fit of their selections.
Last year, the average bridesmaid spent

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Lena Dunham Rips Biz Partners for ‘Fat is Not Beautiful’ Sweatshirt She Helped Design

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Virgil Abloh, Kim Jones Design Nike World Cup Collections

Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones both have relationships with soccer — or football.
Jones has said he really doesn’t like football but appreciates the aesthetics. For his World Cup collection for Nike, he wanted to rework the typical uniform and infuse London punk style of the Seventies and Eighties into the collection.
Titled “Football Reimagined,” the assortment includes training shorts, hoodies, jackets and a pair of the Nike x Kim Jones Air Max 360 High.

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“That whole punk era was all about proportions that gave power to the wearer. I was inspired by the idea of DIY of the time — cutting up and putting things back together — to create something new,” Jones said.
Abloh recalls high school soccer matches and for his collection, titled “Football, Mon Amour,” he mixed lifestyle with sport typography and designed the Nike x Off-White Zoom Fly Mercurial Flyknit.
“The great thing about the vocabulary and history of football is that aesthetically it has its own look,” Abloh said. “I was always inspired by the way European teams have a sponsor printed over the chest. When I was working on this collection, I wanted to celebrate the different variants of typography.”
Jones’ collection will be released

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Ethnic styles melded with sleek design are themes for Giorgio Armani fall-winter collection

Italian fashion duo presented smooth and elegant looks including fluffy bonnet hats, long jackets with crumpled backs and knotted skirts. Rough cut (no reporter narration)


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Design of a Decade: 1986-1996 – Janet Jackson

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Design of a Decade: 1986-1996

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Genre: R&B/Soul

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: October 10, 1995

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Interior Design: a stylebook – Doug Schroder

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Interior Design: a stylebook

Doug Schroder

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: January 5, 2018

Publisher: Apple

Seller: Doug Schroder


A stylebook for Interior Design covering architectural styles, mechanical systems and room types including a brief overview of color theory.

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Ice sculpture artists cut their finest at international design contest

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Holly Fulton to Lead Fashion Design Course

NEW ROLE: British designer Holly Fulton is taking an academic turn, becoming head of fashion at the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts.
Fulton, known for her graphic prints and bold use of color, had previously worked with students as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and Kingston University and also as part of her global ambassador role at Graduate Fashion Week.
“Education is something I am passionate about and this position feels very natural for me. I have had some great mentors in my career and now I am in the right place to share what I’ve learned with students, while helping them to develop their own style and practice. I intend to give them an experience they would not be able to get at any other university,” said Fulton, who will continue to design her own label.
Karin Askham, head of collage at the CSVPA, an independent arts school, said that it was important for the school to appoint a practicing fashion designer who can equip students with the skills needed for working in the industry today.
“Holly brings both a global understanding of the industry, with the success of her brand in Asia and the U.S., as

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Yohji Yamamoto Receives Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award

HONG KONG — “Let me say, I think I’m a good dressmaker, but I’m not a very good talker,” said Yohji Yamomoto.
The Japanese designer was in Hong Kong at the Design for Asia gala dinner Friday night to accept a lifetime achievement award. Dressed in all black, he tipped his signature hat onstage as he collected the accolade, given to a figure who has demonstrated “visionary shaping designs across a variety of fields, and who uses design to educate and promote wider use of design in society.”
Although the 74-year-old designer has been a celebrated figure for many years — best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring — he shared that the night held extra special meaning for him.
“In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this. Please let me become your family,” he said.
In 2011, Yamamoto received the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest honor in arts and culture in France, where he has shown his collections since 1981.
The night also honored hotelier Adrian Zecha, the founder of the Aman resorts and a new affordable luxury hotel

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The Dubai Design and Fashion Council and Vogue Arabia Award Fashion Prizes

DUBAI — The Dubai Design and Fashion Council and Vogue Arabia awarded three designers from the region the Fashion Prize earlier this week, an annual award going to the top talent from the Middle East. The designers represent three different categories: ready-to-wear, fine jewelry and accessories. The winners were chosen by a panel that included designer Reem Acra, Aquazzura creative director Edgardo Osorio, DDFC chief executive officer Jazia Aldanhani and Vogue Arabia editor in chief Manuel Arnaut.
“It’s wonderful to discover such promising new talent in the region,” said Osorio. Accra, who is on the board of the council, said: “The DDFC Vogue Fashion Prize is so important for the region. It empowers the new generation of designers.”
This year’s winners were:
Faissal El-Malak, Ready-to-Wear
Palestinian designer Faissal El-Malak grew up between Montreal and Qatar and studied in Paris before settling in Dubai. His work is rooted in his search for identity. “Both sides of my family are Palestinian refugees,” he said. “My identity was only based on ideas and memories of my grandparents. I didn’t have anything tangible until I discovered traditionally hand embroidered cushions and dresses that my mother had. That was the first time I had something that related to my identity.”
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Nordstrom Taps MoMA Design for Pop-in Gift Shop

Nordstrom begins opening its New York flagship complex with a men’s store next year and the main women’s store the year after. But it appears the Seattle-based retailer is eager to identify with the Big Apple and one of its most famous cultural institutions by opening a holiday gift shop in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design Store. It’s a pop-up shop for the The Pop-in@Nordstrom program that’s online and in eight key Nordstrom stores.
On Friday, the MoMA shops opened in Nordstrom’s Bellevue Square, Wash. store; CF Pacific Centre, Vancouver; CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Canada; NorthPark Center, Dallas, and South Coast Plaza, Calif. stores. Prices range from $ 10 for coasters disguised as toast to $ 6,000 for a giant clock made up of 24 smaller, round clocks choreographed to form one digital display. There are also other gifts handpicked by Olivia Kim, vice president of creative projects at Nordstrom, and her buying team. “I’ve always been a huge fan of MoMA Design Store and their ability to thoughtfully consider the most interesting, exclusive and enticing products from around the world,” said Kim.

Pop-in@Nordstrom features gifts from the MoMA Design Store. 
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Current/Elliott Hires Natalie Ratabesi as Senior Vice President of Design

Natalie Ratabesi has been tapped as senior vice president of design at Current/Elliott, a division of The Collected Group, whose portfolio includes Joie and Equipment, WWD has learned.
Ratabesi will work closely with The Collected Group’s chief brand officer, Sarah Rutson, to oversee design direction of the denim lifestyle brand’s women’s wear and men’s wear collections, beginning with the fall 2018 season. In addition to her new role, Ratabesi will continue to design and operate her own line, TRE by Natalie Ratabesi, a designer collection that will be shipped to stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-a-porter, Forward and Harvey Nichols this month.
Ratabesi takes over the women’s design responsibilities from Michele Manz, who was vice president of design for Current/Elliott women’s. The men’s wear designer remains Kirk Von Heifner.
Rutson, former vice president of global buying at Net-a-porter.com, joined The Collected Group in July and was charged with identifying potential acquisitions to help build the group’s portfolio beyond the contemporary labels currently in its portfolio. The game plan is for The Collected Group to assemble a broader offering across designer, beauty and lifestyle categories.
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House of Finland to Celebrate Fashion Design, Innovation and More

Finland’s fashion style will be represented by the bright colors and bold patterns of the country’s best-known brand, Marimekko, at the House of Finland pop-up exhibition, Sept. 11 to 14 at 286 Gallery in New York’s Chelsea.
The iconic design house will be joined by emerging fashion labels such as Chaine, Riikka Ikäheimo Couture, Mem, Mori Collective and Shy Vibes Club, among others. Part of the point of the exhibition, organized by the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, and Finnish Tech, Design and Art, a non-profit that promotes Finnish creativity in the U.S., is to showcase the country’s range of styles, creativity and innovation.
Riikka Ikäheimo Couture’s sexy white lace dresses and purple lace gowns are slit to within a centimeter of good taste. Mem, Paula Malleus’ avant-garde collection, is created from textile waste. Revolt, her 2017 collection made from post-consumer denim, features long gowns with elaborate draping, jumpsuits and high-collared jackets.
Ivana Helsinki is an 18-year-old brand designed by Paola Ivana Suhonen, who also directs films and music videos and writes children’s books. Suhonen, who is given to romantic statements such as, “My world is for the ones who love moonlit fields, pirates, dark forests, crummy motels, champagne states of drunkenness, fragile butterflies, passionate relationships, cowboys and guardian

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Winning Looks Revealed from Disney & Otis ‘Frozen’ Design Competition

Disney today gave a preview of the winning looks from its digital design competition series, whose finale episode airs today at the D23 Expo convention in Los Angeles.
Twelve students from Otis College of Art and Design were challenged to create contemporary sportswear looks inspired by the hit film “Frozen.” The process was documented in a four-part digital series on the Disney Style channel that began on June 16.
The winning looks are: a bomber/overall/cropped turtleneck by Jinny Yun; patchwork jeans/blouson top by Alice Xuan; denim shorts/bomber jacket/tank also by Xaun, and a men’s look, a reindeer jacket/pant/bumpbag/T-shirt by Minji Park. The clothes will be sold on online retailer Nineteenth Amendment.
The finale episode can be viewed on Facebook live.

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Man of Steel: Krypton by Design – Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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Man of Steel: Krypton by Design

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: October 16, 2013

Publisher: Warner Bros.

Seller: Warner Bros. Digital Distribution


Join Director Zack Snyder as he takes us on a journey through the evolution of “Man of Steel’s” Planet Krypton. Get an insider’s view of what went in to creating this alien planet – from concept drawings to story boards. See how Zack and his team re-imagined this Kryptonian world and its people, a place that has captured the imagination of millions since it was introduced over 70 years ago. “Man of Steel” the major motion picture is available now for download on iTunes.

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Shanghai Fashion Week Showcases Chinese Design Talent

Shanghai Fashion Week kicked off October 13 with a roster of increasingly consistent designers from China showing spring collections. Along with the rise of an independent design culture in the country, a change in both the retail mind-set and consumer desires has simultaneously increased the number of stores and boutiques willing to take a chance on local talent.
A few short years ago, a very different crowd populated the fashion week tents located in the city’s upmarket shopping district, Xintiandi. Today, buyers from across China — as well as some from overseas — are joining media and other industry players. The event’s higher profile is also in evident outside the tents, where interested onlookers peruse the parade of street style and scalpers sell tickets to the shows.
Here are some highlights from the spring 2016 collections.
Fake Natoo: Beijing-born Zhang Na showed a breezy, casual Fake Natoo collection for spring, opening her show with a series of white cotton shirts, trousers and shirtdresses — worn loose and sometimes layered. While the lineup lacked the drama and gravitas of her fall outing, slinky full-length silk dresses and wide-leg jumpsuits hanging from barely-there crisscross spaghetti straps were a highlight.
The designer also increased her use of prints

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Design FX – Find Out How FX Experts Created Mars in “The Martian”

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Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Wintour, and Fossil Host the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Design Challenge Cocktail

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The race is officially back on. Fashion month is long gone—or rather, over by just a few days—and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition has kicked back into high gear. Earlier tonight at the One World Trade Center gallery, perched high above the city, designers mingled with a glittering array of A-listers for a cocktail party hosted by Diane von Furstenberg and Anna Wintour in celebration of the Fashion Fund Design Challenge underwritten by Fossil. Each candidate in this year’s class was challenged to come up with a design appropriate for a cultural event on the fall calendar, an endeavor that proved to be both fun and enlightening.

“It got us thinking about movement and something that could be for cocktail,” said Baja East’s Scott Studenberg and John Targon of their ensemble inspired by the New York City Ballet’s fall gala. “We referenced a lot of choreographers,” explained the duo of their cream-on-cream tonal look sported by NYCB principal dancer Sara Mearns.

Twirling among the nominees were a slew of previous CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund contestants, including Paul Andrew, Jennifer Fisher, Prabal Gurung, and the Orley trio. Having gone through the process, did they have any words of wisdom? “Take a deep breath and enjoy it because you miss it when it’s over,” said Irene Neuwirth in a Rosie Assoulin jumpsuit punctuated with her own jewelry. That sentiment was echoed by fellow jewelry designer Monique Péan, who said, “Have fun! It’s an incredible experience.”

Also taking in the designs were style-setters including Danai Gurira, whose play Eclipsed is currently at the Public Theater’s LuEsther Hall; Alexa Chung; and Cush Jumbo, who’s currently in New York filming The Good Wife and enjoying autumn in the city. “I love the in-between phase [of fall],” beamed Jumbo in Michael Kors and Chanel. “It’s my favorite time for experimenting. I’ll be layering up some Giambattista Valli with Michael Kors to set.”

Chung, who was photographed alongside former finalist Pamela Love of the 2011 competition, offered up some words of wisdom she learned from another It Brit, designer Erdem Moralioglu. “I once asked Erdem, because I was thinking of starting my own thing, and his words to me were to not deviate from yourself and trust your instincts.”

Jonathan Simkhai’s blush strapless dress elegantly wrapped around his date, Wallis Currie-Wood. “I love corsets!” exclaimed the actress, who was also joined by her Tony-winning beau, Alex Sharp. “It rekindles that old-world glamour and makes you feel both sexy and womanly, but also modest and comfortable in your own skin.” Simkhai agreed, adding that the competition has forced him to “come up with different ideas and go outside the box.”

As Eva Zuckerman, Brett Heyman, Ryan Roche, and countless other CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund alums chatted with the present class, all were talking about The Fashion Fund’s move to Amazon. “They get Amazon, which is an amazing medium!” exclaimed Veronica Miele Beard, adding that this year’s contestants should “use it to their greatest advantage. It’s everywhere.”

One place the all-reaching network might not have been was the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for Burning Man, which is where contestant Thaddeus O’Neil landed for his challenge. “I had to go to Burning Man even though it was the week of my women’s Spring show,” joked O’Neil, adding, “It was an adventure I had to take.” So how did the designer interpret the experience? Through a bevy of color, print, and texture on his model, the artist and poet Cleo Wade. “It was a natural fit,” said O’Neil of his date. “Anyone that loves words the way she does, I have an immediate affinity for them.”

With the competition heading out West next week to present their looks in a group fashion show, does the perennially sun-kissed designer have any plans outside of the competition? “To go surfing with my friends out in Malibu.” It seems as if O’Neil might have the right idea, because as Zuckerman says: “The worst of it is over and the best is yet to come.”

 

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CFDA Plans Second Jewelry Design Showcase

DISPLAY CASE: The Council of Fashion Designers of America will hold a second iteration of its CFDA Jewelry Showcase at its New York City headquarters on Oct. 26. The showcase, comprised of 17 CFDA-member labels, will act as a group press day for participants. The CFDA held its first jewelry showcase in October 2013, and has revisited the idea after an outpouring of interest from jewelry design members.
“It helped each of the participants be in front of editors that they might not have been otherwise be in front of. The power of a group is stronger than the power of one — it’s about creating a collective force,” CFDA chief executive officer Steven Kolb said of the outcome of the 2013 showcase.
Of the CFDA’s approximately 500 member labels, some 79 are jewelry designers.
Kolb said of the organization’s showcase concept: “It’s to really put a spotlight on jewelry designers; women’s fashion week is always a big deal and  gives lot of attention to women’s designers. We launched men’s fashion week this past summer and that put a significant spotlight on men’s, so it seemed natural…to categorize other segments of membership.”
This same idea will soon extend to realms outside jewelry as well.

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Design FX – Noah: Controlling an Epic Rain-Making System with a Single App

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Stella & Dot Launches Watch Design

PLAY TIME: Jewelry brand Stella & Dot is getting into the watch business. The San Francisco-based label will launch its first timepiece range for the holiday season. The design is meant to be versatile with interchangeable bezels and watch straps. Watches will be priced at $ 148, with additional straps costing $ 39.
Stella & Dot’s chief creative officer Blythe Harris said: “We set out to fix the issue of matching your watch to your favorite arm stack.”

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Design FX – Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Staging the Helicarrier Crash

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Design FX – The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Transforming Jamie Foxx into the Villainous Electro

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WIRED October Issue Preview – Cities by Design

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Design FX – Maze Runner: Scorch Trials—Building a Post-Apocalyptic City

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Design FX – Godzilla: Creating the Animalistic and Masculine Kaiju Monster

After Roland Emmerich missed the mark with Godzilla in 1998, we had reason to be skeptical of Gareth Edwards’ new remake. Fxguide’s Mike Seymour goes inside the special effects behind the latest incarnation, in which effects company MPC designed the largest Godzilla yet, featuring an animalistic appearance with anthropomorphized traits.
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Design FX – Maleficent: Re-creating Fully Digital Characters

Angelina Jolie stars in Disney’s new Maleficent, featuring a forest world of detailed visual effects. Mike Seymour delves into how facial movement experts Digital Domain, worked to re-create realistic, fully digital counterparts to the story’s three fairies.
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Osanna and Madina Visconti di Modrone Design Earrings for Tomas Maier

OMV, the Milan-based sophisticated accessories label designed by Osanna Visconti di Modrone, along with her daughter Madina, has teamed with Tomas Maier to launch a co-branded capsule collection.
In keeping with OMV’s chic aesthetic, the range revolves around an essential, minimal silver earring, handcrafted in Milan, offered in different variations. The design consists of a sphere, which is presented in six sizes and three finishing effects — glossy, laminated and hammered. The earrings, presented in various lengths, come in a range of shades, including gold, pale bronze and gunmetal gray.
The capsule will be sold in Tomas Maier’s flagships in New York, East Hampton, Palm Beach and Bal Harbour starting from this month.
Recently, OMV collaborated with hip footwear label Del Toro to launch a capsule of shoes and bijoux embellished with silver pleated decorations in the shapes of different kinds of pastas.

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WIRED by Design

Condé Nast présents WIRED by Design, a two-day live magazine exploring the intersection of cuture and design. Held from September 29-October 1 WxD will feature personal stories from today’s most influential creative thinkers — from architects and filmmakers to artists and chefs — along with wide–ranging conversations, live performances, and amazing meals. For more information visit live.wired.com.
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Design FX – X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Sentinels’ Complicated Follicle Animation

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Takashi Murakami to Design Lift Tickets for Aspen Skiing Company

Louis Vuitton revealed this summer it will bid good-bye to Takashi Murakami, but the artist’s work will be all over Aspen this winter.
In a first for the artist, Murakami has designed a technicolor ski lift ticket for Aspen Skiing Company. For those whose wintery pursuits are more après-ski than back country, lift tickets are what skiers and snowboarders must wear and have scanned each time they take a run. Many weekend warriors — and day-trippers — tend to keep them on their jackets well past the expiration date. When they are unveiled in mid-October, the Murakami designs are meant to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Aspen Skiing Company’s collaboration with the Aspen Art Museum, which puts art in unexpected places. Last season, artist Teresita Fernández created a site-specific wall drawing at ASC’s Elk Camp restaurant and Anne Collier created the limited-edition lift tickets. (New Yorkers may have seen an installation by Fernández in Madison Square Park. ASC consists of four resorts — Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Butternilk.
The Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution that presents international contemporary art, as well as immersive activities, public programs and community events. In February, the museum previewed “Jellyfish Eyes,” the

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Theodora & Callum Design for Shikshya Foundation Nepal

Theodora & Callum has partnered with the Shikshya Foundation Nepal with the creation of its “Nepal” scarf, the net proceeds of which will go to the foundation, which works to rebuild Nepal in the aftermath of the April 2015 earthquake that deeply affected the country.
“We designed the exclusive Nepal Wearable Art Scarf as an initiative to raise awareness and funds to help the many people affected by the tragic earthquake in Nepal,” said Stefani Greenfield, who cofounded the company with Desiree Gruber. The blue-hued gauzy scarf will retail for $ 155, and is available for pre-order through the brand’s Web site.
 

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RISD Taps Neil Gilks as Apparel Design Department Head

Neil Gilks has a new gig as RISD’s apparel design department head.
The British designer first got a glimpse of the students’ know-how, while working as the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s director of educational initiatives and professional development for the past few years. He also served as a guest critic for RISD students’ gearing up for the Providence, R.I. school’s annual runway collection. In that role earlier this year with fellow jury members as Derek Lam, Tina Lutz and others, Gilks doled out his share of precise, yet always humorous criticism to such former seniors as Elizabeth Hilfiger.
Gilks is not a rookie to the world of academia, having spent 13 years at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, where he earned a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees in fashion design, before going on to teach there as well.
Describing RISD as “a great hub of positive energy, which is really refreshing,” Gilks said, “You don’t feel that energy at every school. I’ve always been impressed with the level of design that’s going on here, and I think it can get even better. I’m also excited about the opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration at RISD.”
He succeeds Meg DeCubellis

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Designer Greg Smith walks us through the process of scaling up the massive beast to see how much volume is needed to create it. After taking photos and videos of the rough frame and superimposing it onto an image of the creature, the team is able to get a better idea of what dimensions they’ll need to bring it to life.
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Victoria and Albert Museum to Host Fashion Installations During London Design Festival

DESIGNS ON LONDON: The London Design Festival will have a distinct fashion flavor, with names including Swarovski, Selfridges and Kvadrat taking part in the September showcase.
Swarovski has teamed with designer Kim Thomé on an installation called “Zotem,” which is meant to be a fusion of “totem” and “zoetrope.” The 59-foot tall monolith was created with more than 600 bespoke Swarovski crystals and will stand at the entrance of the V&A Museum. The Swarovski crystals are presented in a gridlike pattern within a matte black aluminum frame.
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“The only brief I was given was that I was to use Swarovski crystals and that it would be situated in the Grand Entrance of the V&A — which was enough for me to work with,” Thomé  told WWD. “As I had no preconceived idea of what I was going to do when I was first given some sample Swarovski crystals, the project was really led by what I learnt by experimenting with the crystals and exploring the how they could be experienced differently.”
He said the inspiration behind Zotem was a response to the interior architecture of the V&A’s Grand Entrance. “I wanted to create a site-specific installation that would entice

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Design FX – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Transforming Human Motion-Capture Performances Into Realistic-Looking Apes

In the latest incarnation of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell deliver human motion-capture performances to help bring the realistic apes to life. Shot with a combination of high-speed cameras, Mike Seymour breaks down the tech behind shooting the motion-capture scenes on location versus on a sound stage.
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Design FX – Game of Thrones: Season 5 Special FX

Find out how the visual effects came together for the end of season five on Game of Thrones, including Daenerys’ elaborate and cinematic escape with her drogon.
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Design FX – Game of Thrones: Combining CGI and Live Action to Create the Dragons & Fights Scenes in Season 4

In season four of Game of Thrones a combination of CGI and live character action were used to create impressive fight scenes and stunning visual effects. Mike Seymour breaks down the tech behind the hit HBO show.
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Farfetch and LACMA Team for Design Collaboration

ART MEETS FARFETCH:  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s 50th anniversary festivities are continuing with a partnership with luxury e-commerce marketplace Farfetch. A series of Los Angeles-based designers — including Anita Ko, Cathy Waterman, Clare Vivier, Greg Lauren, Gregory Parkinson, Irene Neuwirth, Jennifer Meyer, Monique Lhuillier, NewbarK, Rodarte and The Elder Statesman — have each created an exclusive piece of clothing, accessory or perfume as part of the Farfetch x LACMA initiative, an extension of the Wear LACMA project.
The pieces, which retail from $ 50 for a T- shirt to more than $ 1,000 for a dress, will go on sale on Farfetch.com Nov. 4 and in LACMA’s museum shop, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to benefit the museum. “Usually it’s only two or three designers, but because it’s our 50th, we’re offering 19 designers,” said Katherine Ross, founder of the Wear LACMA project, noting that Jennifer Meyer and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy have participated in the program in the past. “They’re all inspired by different things that spoke to them when walking through the gallery.”
Ross said the amount of items produced depends on the designer and cost of the piece. Rodarte will offer T-shirts and sweatshirts — more than 30 of each  — while Lhuillier

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Design FX – Terminator Genisys: Creating a Fully Digital Schwarzenegger

He’s back—this time in a time-traveling standoff. See how Arnold Schwarzenegger faced off against a digitized version of his younger self.
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Design FX – Hercules: Creating Mythical Creatures with Advanced Special Effects

In Brett Ratner’s new big-budget flick Hercules, the title star portrayed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson battles mythical creatures, including a three-headed dog, giant boars and lions, and multi-headed serpents. Mike Seymour shows how the visual effects experts at Double Negative created the complicated, yet lifelike beasts.
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Anna Sui Launches Swimwear With Onis Design Group

Anna Sui will be among the new names at Miami Swim Week. Sui signed a license with Onis Design Group for a 35-piece capsule collection of  bikinis, one-pieces, and cover-ups. It will be sold at department and specialties stories, retailing between $ 98 and $ 365. Sui wanted the range to be “classic Anna” and divided the lineup into two themes, one in red-and-black with ruffles, cherries and stars; the other riffing on her signature butterfly patterns and preference for purple. Last spring, Sui did a collaboration with O’Neill and has previously included a few swimwear pieces in her runway collections, but this is her first license for a complete swim line.
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Man of Steel: Krypton by Design – Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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Man of Steel: Krypton by Design

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: October 16, 2013

Publisher: Warner Bros.

Seller: Warner Bros. Digital Distribution


Join Director Zack Snyder as he takes us on a journey through the evolution of “Man of Steel’s” Planet Krypton. Get an insider’s view of what went in to creating this alien planet – from concept drawings to story boards. See how Zack and his team re-imagined this Kryptonian world and its people, a place that has captured the imagination of millions since it was introduced over 70 years ago. “Man of Steel” the major motion picture is available now for download on iTunes.

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Introduction to Sound Design – Christopher Bell

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Introduction to Sound Design

Christopher Bell

Genre: Music

Publish Date: March 24, 2014

Publisher: CbDesigns

Seller: christopher bell


An introduction to sound design with a concentration on the fundamental tasks of analyzing, importing, sampling and exporting audio clips for usage in other multimedia projects.  Additionally, a brief history of acoustic recording as well as a consolidated overview of the technical nuances associated with audio file types.

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Bathroom Design & Trade Secrets from Ocean Bathrooms – Ocean Bathrooms

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Bathroom Design & Trade Secrets from Ocean Bathrooms

Ocean Bathrooms

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: July 12, 2012

Publisher: Ocean Bathrooms

Seller: Joe Muhl


Trade secrets in bathroom design from ocean bathrooms. this gives you tips and hints on installing wet rooms, wall mounted toilets, basins and tiling tips.

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Teen Technorati – Teenage Wunderkinds Explain How They Got Into Cancer Research, Astrophysics & Product Design

What inspires a 17-year-old to go into cancer research or a 19-year-old to develop an obsession with astrophysics? Find out, as the 2014 Thiel Fellows explain how they first discovered their passions and why they’ve decided to turn them into careers.
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Design FX – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Facial Animation FX

Mike Seymour breaks down the tech behind the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flick, including the facial animation effects. Plus, find out how an improvised, off-camera moment turned into one of the funniest scenes in the movie.
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Design FX – Jurassic World: Using Motion-Capture to Create Realistic Dinosaurs

“Jurassic World” debuted with a record-shattering opening weekend, netting nearly half a billion dollars. See how Industrial Light & Magic used motion capture to help design the complex dinosaurs, including the genetically modified Indominus rex.

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Design FX – The Maze Runner Exclusive: Building the Mechanical Grievers & Complex Maze Set

Based on the hit YA novel of the same name, the upcoming flick The Maze Runner takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. To create the vast maze and relentless mechanical creatures called Grievers, FX experts Method Studios used technical and complicated special FX. Mike Seymour breaks down the tech behind the film.

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WIRED Design, October 2014

Thanks to 40 years of increasingly cheap and tiny processors, new software, cheap sensors, and digital manufacturing, we can build products that seemed impossible a decade ago. WIRED has dubbed this new design renaissance Silicon Modern. Our editors collected 10 great exemplars of this movement, encompassing big ideas, inspiring projects, and new forms of expression. Silicon Modern is here, and design will never be the same.
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The Untold Design Story of the Final WTC Building

WHEN BJARKE INGELS set out to create the fourth and final skyscraper at the reborn World Trade Center earlier this year, he faced the same dilemma that has burdened every architect who has ventured onto New York’s most hallowed and expensive construction site.
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Design of a Decade: 1986-1996 – Janet Jackson

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Design of a Decade: 1986-1996

Janet Jackson

Genre: R&B/Soul

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: October 9, 1995

© ℗ 1995 A&M Records

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Design FX – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Crowd-Simulation On a Behemoth Scale

Weta Digital was behind the striking effects in two of this year’s big-franchise films: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”—which picked up an Oscar nomination for best visual effects—and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” Mike Seymour takes an exclusive look at the impressive, large-scale battle sequences that Weta designed for the final installment in The Hobbit trilogy.
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Design FX – Chappie: Bringing an A.I. Robot to Life

Neill Blomkamp’s new dystopian sci-fi thriller “Chappie” stars a fully digital A.I. robot as the title character, acted out by Sharlto Copley. Mike Seymour goes behind the scenes of the CG robots.
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Angry Nerd – DreamWorks’ New Film “Home” Combines the Worst in CGI Alien Design

The new DreamWorks film “Home” commits the worst of all CGI sins. In an attempt to make cute, kid-friendly characters, “Home” ended up with shapeless purple blobs and uninteresting features. What happened to strange and kind of creepy aliens like E.T.?
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Design FX – Mad Max Fury Road: Choreographing Complex Stunts & Car Chases

Shot mostly in Africa with real vehicles and complex stunts, “Mad Max: Fury Road” brings a high intensity to the post-apocalyptic franchise. Mike Seymour breaks down the complicated camerawork and VFX behind the action-adventure flick.
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Stephen Webster to Design Hearts on Fire Collection

Hearts On Fire diamonds announced on Saturday a collaboration with London-based jeweler Stephen Webster, who will design a high-end, all diamond fashion and bridal collection for the Boston-based brand. The collections, which will be sold in select Hearts On Fire and Stephen Webster retail locations in North America, Europe and Greater China, will retail between $ 10,000 and $ 1 million.
“As the Hearts On Fire brand  takes on a stronger global footprint, we recognize the importance of elevating our design offering with greater variety in both high-end fashion and bridal,” said Caryl Capeci, chief marketing officer of Hearts On Fire. “By partnering with world-class jewelry designers such as Stephen Webster, we are able to expand the breadth of design and offer something completely new to our fans.” Said Webster, “Today’s global market place demands creativity and resources. Over the past twenty-five years we have strived to bring creative jewelry to a wider audience. By collaborating with Hearts On Fire we will be able to build on our achievements and be better equipped to expand globally.” The debut collection will be unveiled in the first quarter of 2016.

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John Waters To Receive Honorary Degree From Rhode Island School Of Design

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When the Rhode Island School of Design offered iconic filmmaker John Waters an honorary degree, he was surprised. After all, he got thrown out of every school he ever went to.

Known for quirky films that push the boundaries of good taste, including 1972’s outrageous cult classic “Pink Flamingos,” Waters is the keynote speaker at the prestigious art school’s commencement next weekend.

Waters will also receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree; recipients are chosen by the RISD community, and nominations are reviewed by a committee of students, faculty and staff.

“I don’t even know if I got a high school diploma. It’s very peculiar. I feel very flattered,” said Waters, who attended New York University briefly in the 1960s before getting kicked out for smoking marijuana on campus. “I feel like the scarecrow in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ when they give him a brain.”

RISD’s 2015 Honorary Degree Committee cited Waters’ body of films as an “enduring inspiration for RISD students seeking to break boundaries, challenge conventions, and define an expressive style,” said RISD President Rosanne Somerson.

“In the words of one nominator, he ’embodies the RISD ‘tude galore’,” Somerson said.

Waters will share a stage with three members of the band Talking Heads — two are RISD alumni — and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik.

Waters has written and directed more than a dozen films over his decades-long career, many of them low-budget movies featuring a cadre of unconventional characters, including drag queen Divine, Waters’ longtime friend and muse. Waters saw mainstream success with 1988’s “Hairspray,” another cult classic that was adapted into a Broadway musical in 2002. He is also a published author and photographer.

“I shouldn’t have been in school. You go to school to figure out what you wanted to do. I knew what I wanted to do,” Waters said. “I wish I had gone to RISD. They would have encouraged my ideas. I could have made ‘Pink Flamingos.'”

Waters does more writing these days than filmmaking: The paperback of his 2014 memoir “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America” debuts this month. Waters said he was inspired to hitchhike from his native Baltimore to San Francisco because his life is so scheduled and controlled.

“My inspiration has always been the same, which is human behavior I can’t understand, which is always my interest, always has been,” Waters said.

The filmmaker is looking forward to accepting his honorary degree, “Without irony, for one of the few times in my life.”

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Design FX – Avengers: Age of Ultron

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A Milan Design Week Top 10: What to Do, Where to Go, and What to Wear, According to Marlene Taschen

Marlene Taschen

Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the annual furniture trade show, also known as Milan Design Week, kicks off tomorrow (it runs from April 14 to 19) and few locals have a busier agenda than Marlene Taschen. Readying for the launch of a new Taschen bookstore in the city, the 29-year-old brings her international sensibilities—she was born in Cologne, Germany, and has lived in England, Panama, and Australia—to the site that she discovered in her adopted hometown, located opposite the Prada-owned Marchesi, one of the city’s favorite pasticcerias. The storefronts of the publishing empire founded by Marlene’s father, Benedikt Taschen, aim to be not simply art and design bookshops, but local hangouts: When we spoke, she was on-site collaborating with family friends, including Marc Newson and American artist Jonas Wood, to design the shop’s visually compelling facets. Pieces from her father’s private collection—a Gio Ponti–designed chandelier on the ground floor, a 1954 lamp by Flavio Poli for Archimede Seguso, and a table by Angelo Mangiarotti—all pay homage to Italian design. With that in mind, we asked her to tell us what she’s looking forward to in and around the fair.



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1. Tomes at Taschen’s New Outpost in the Corso Magenta District
The store will open today with an exhibition by a dear family friend, the late Julius Shulman. He captured Los Angeles and its surroundings in the middle of the 20th century and photographed virtually every important mid-century modernist architect’s work, including the home of Charles and Ray Eames. His pictures have such a strong signature and really capture the atmosphere of his subject’s homes. Some of his prints will be for sale in-store, too. On Thursday, April 16, I plan to celebrate its official unveiling with a cocktail party hosted by Marc Newson and my father.

Taschen, Via Meravagli, 17
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2. An Exhibit Paying Homage to Italian Designer Gio Ponti—and a Must-See Porcelain Pop-Up Shop
I worked with many friends and partners on the store, like Gio Ponti’s grandson Salvatore Licitra. I really enjoy the collaborative process, so I’d recommend the exhibition, “Gio Ponti and Manifattura Richard Ginori: An Unpublished Correspondence” (on view through May 31) at Belvedere della Villa Reale di Monza. I also plan to visit Richard Ginori, the porcelain company that opens its pop-up this week in the beautiful Piazza San Marco; it’s the brand’s first retail outpost outside of Florence.

Villa Reale di Monza, Viale Brianza, 1
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Richard Ginori 1735, Piazza San Marco, 3
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Marni Mercado de Paloquemao

3. Alternative Grocery Shopping
Marni is transforming its Viale Umbria showroom into a colorful fruit market this week. Inspired by Bogotá, Colombia’s vibrant markets, Marni Mercado de Paloquemao will feature exotic, oversize fruits, baskets, and sculptures—all handmade in colored wire by craftswomen in Colombia.

Marni Mercado de Paloquemao, Viale Umbria, 42
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4. Contemporary Art Fix
Icon magazine’s design issue and Tod’s launch event at PAC Milano will be the perfect opportunity to revisit the amazing David Bailey “Stardust” exhibition on view at PAC, one of the city’s foremost spaces for contemporary art. Taschen recently published a SUMO-size, limited-edition Rolling Stones volume, and our new store will stock David Bailey’s Rolling Stones art edition, which includes images the photographer made during the shoot for the band’s 1973 album, Goats Head Soup.

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5. Discovering Design’s New Movements at Nilufar Depot
I’m really excited to see respected local dealer Nina Yashar and her new gallery, Nilufar Depot: a huge, 1,500-square-meter emporium. She’s hosting her opening night there and will exhibit her latest finds and work by mid-century masters this week alongside some new propositions from her stable of discoveries like Martino Gamper, Massimiliano Locatelli, India Mahdavi, and my friend Osanna Visconti di Modrone.

Nilafur Depot, Via Lancetti, 34
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6. The Laboratory for Emerging Designers
I’ll definitely be popping by to see my friend Rossana Orlandi—she is famous for championing the careers of designers on the rise—and her latest discoveries. I love her spirit and always enjoy her annual Design Week dinner in her courtyard at Spazio Orlandi, a former factory, and the eclectic style of her exhibitions.

Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello 14–16
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7. Cutting-edge Excitement
My friend Giò Marconi recently moved his gallery to a new space in Via Tadino which has been totally redesigned by Kuehn Malvezzi, a Berlin-based firm founded by the architects Simona Malvezzi and Wilfried and Johannes Kuehn. I plan on seeing the group show “Yes, We’re Open” that features the work of 27 of its artists, including Nikolas Gambaroff and Markus Schinwald.

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8. Culinary Neighbors

A quick stroll from our store takes you to La Brisa, such a pretty, unassuming restaurant with incredibly good food. I also love a morning coffee or evening aperitivo at the Pasticceria Marchesi. It really is our favorite neighbor.

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9. The Scene
Bar Basso is the place to be during Design Week. I plan on ordering a maxi-size Spritz with my partner, marketing director, and novelist Maia Guarnaccia before or after one of our many dinner engagements.

Bar Basso, Via Plinio, 39
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10. The Look
Marta Ferri’s signature high-waist trousers are my passe-partout. I plan to wear them with alternating tops for an easy and elegant look that works wherever I may end up. Marta’s atelier on Via Sant’Orsola, 4 is absolutely worth a visit if you’re in town.

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Four Design Movements that Formed How We Think

Co-written by Dr. Barry Katz

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Even more than art, design shapes how we experience our surroundings and ourselves. Think about it: art, almost by definition, abstracts from the details of everyday life; design shapes them in the most immediate way. Designers curate ideas and condense them into sensory expressions; they make ideas tangible–bad ones as well as good ones! Design constrains our behaviors and molds our perceptions and has been doing so for one hundred years.

The industrial revolution transformed the world by ushering in a new era of mechanized mass production. Cheap, factory-made goods became affordable to the general public and a middle class emerged, defined above all by its purchasing power. But this unprecedented material affluence came with a price: mass-produced products lost their soul, every bit as much as the factory laborers who tended the machines that made them.

English Arts & Craft
The English Arts & Craft Movement represented the first reaction against the debasement of the commodity in the industrial age. The “art workers” who formed themselves around the gigantic personality of William Morris (1834-96), perceived mass manufacturing as impersonal and a threat to human well-being–“For what is beauty,” asked Morris, “but the expression of a man’s joy in his labor?” The rough-hewn products of the Arts & Crafts movement celebrate the materials of which they are made and the hand of the craftsman who made them.

Bauhaus
In the aftermath of the First World War it had become clear that there was no turning back to the romantic, pre-industrial idylls of the Arts & Crafts. Under the leadership of Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus (1918-33) embraced the machine and searched for an aesthetic consistent with the technologies of modern production. Desk lamps, teapots, and typography all came to express the rational, rhythmic, geometrical manufacturing processes that made them possible.

Streamline
Machine Age America made its own contribution to the aesthetics of the everyday. Celebrity “industrial designers” such as Raymond Loewy, Henry Dreyfuss, and Norman Bel Geddes helped to lift America out of the Depression by rekindling the desire to consume: swoopy locomotives, streamlined office furniture, and skyscrapers whose tiered setbacks made them look like rocket ships firing themselves into the sky. Nothing was immune to the hand of the designer whose motto was, “Never leave well enough alone.”

Postmodernism
Inevitably, a reaction set in: Postmodernism went to war against the growing monotony of beige cubicles, Helvetica typefaces, and urban grids in favor of a palette of pastels, ambiguous forms, and a playful romp through the corridors of historical styles. In search of “Design Semantics,” designers experimented with new forms of expressing the emerging consumer electronic products. Proponents of “Human-Centered Design” have argued that the search for style is misplaced, and that the forms of products must evolve out of respect for the needs of the people who will use them.

What is the next major movement in design? Crowd-sourced design? Mass customization? One-off products created by the citizen-designers of the Makers Movement? The increasing democratization of design and manufacturing suggests that it will not be long before each of us end up having our own personal movement!

Special thanks to Dr. Barry Katz for researching and co-writing this article

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WIRED by Design – Bjarke Ingels Will Make You Believe in the Power of Architecture

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WIRED by Design – Adam Savage on His Lifelong Obsession With Recreating Movie Props

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WIRED by Design – An Aerospace Whiz Shows Off a Space Suit Made for Mars

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WIRED by Design – What a Sex Toy Start-Up Taught Ethan Imboden About Design

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WIRED by Design – What Power Plant Software Can Learn From Consumer Apps Like iTunes

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WIRED by Design – These Incredible High-Tech Exhibits Are the Future of Museums

Jake Barton at WIRED by Design, 2014. In partnership with Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA. To learn more visit: live.wired.com
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WIRED by Design – Radical Ideas for Reinventing College, From Stanford’s D.School

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WIRED by Design – How Metaphors Make Us Love Some Designs and Not Others

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An Illustrated Guide to Oslo, Courtesy of Norway’s Coolest Design Firm Snøhetta

Illustration: Henrik Haugan

Snøhetta deserves at least some of the credit for the world’s ongoing obsession with modern Scandinavian design. In the past few years, this Oslo-based design and architecture firm has made everything from the angular glass pavilion for New York City’s National September 11 Memorial & Museumn to the pixelated landscapes on Norway’s updated banknotes. The firm’s aesthetic is bold yet sleek, intellectual, and at times slightly odd. That eclectic mix makes Snøhetta’s designers perfect guides to Norway’s capital. Here, in words and pictures, they share their favorite things to do in Oslo—a list that includes river hikes and a jazz-punk band that promises to “fuck up your Monday.” (The band performs only on Sundays.) Check out all of Snøhetta’s selections below.

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WIRED by Design – Designing a Brand That Even Non-Designers Can Work With

Natasha Jen at WIRED by Design, 2014. In partnership with Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA. To learn more visit: live.wired.com
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WIRED by Design – David Chang Shares the Secrets Behind Momofuku’s Delicious Success

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WIRED by Design – How Christina Tosi Redesigned Your Favorite Desserts

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WIRED by Design – Peek Inside an Alcoholic Archaeologist’s Wild New Bar

Jennifer Colliau at WIRED by Design, 2014. In partnership with Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA. To learn more visit: live.wired.com
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Design FX – Once Upon A Time: Inside the Fairytale Sets and Character Animations

On ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” Disney characters like Snow White, the Queen of Hearts, and Peter Pan are set against a modern backdrop. Realistic visual effects bring to life the magic and mystery of Storybrooke—the town they now inhabit. Mike Seymour from fxguide goes behind the stunning FX and animation that are needed to create the fairytale mashup.

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WIRED by Design – A Photographer’s Quest for the Perfect Space Shuttle Shot​

Dan Winters at WIRED by Design, 2014. In partnership with Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA. To learn more visit: live.wired.com
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WIRED by Design – Golden Rules for Successful Collaborations, From Star Hotel Designers

Commune at WIRED by Design, 2014. In partnership with Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA. To learn more visit: live.wired.com
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WIRED by Design – Capturing The Invisible World of Technology With Graphic Design

Carl de Torres at WIRED by Design, 2014. In partnership with Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA. To learn more visit: live.wired.com
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WIRED by Design – Designing a Brand to Help Kill Malaria

Ije Nwokorie at WIRED by Design, 2014. In partnership with Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA. To learn more visit: live.wired.com
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Theory Links With Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

For the museum’s reopening, the visitor experience and shop staff will be outfitted in Theory.

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WIRED by Design – A Game Designer Explains the Counterintuitive Secret to Fun

Ian Bogost at WIRED by Design, 2014. In partnership with Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA. To learn more visit: live.wired.com
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Giorgio Armani Opens Store in Miami’s Design District

Inside the Giorgio Armani boutique in Miami

The store brings Armani Group’s number of total stores to 185, of which 18 are Giorgio Armani boutiques.

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WIRED by Design – A Band’s Obsessive Ode to the Compact Disc

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Giorgio Armani Opens Store in Miami’s Design District

Inside the Giorgio Armani boutique in Miami

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Kim Myles' Design Trick For a Rustic Aged Wall #OWNSHOW

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Designer Kim Myles of OWN’s “Home Made Simple,” created a vintage rustic “aged” wall with a little peroxide and salt. It became one of her favorite designs during this season of Home Made Simple.

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Design A Styled Coffee Table with FABOO! #OWNSHOW

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Coffee tables are a great opportunity to display beautiful things and give your room personality. Kenneth Wingard of “Home Made Simple” give you the FABOO guideline to get started.

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