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Avant-garde Art & Design

Creative self-expression past, present, future (?) in art, crafts, graphics, typography, architecture, interiors, furniture, furnishings, 3D printing and more.
World's First 3D Printed Architectural Structure

Gualala, CA. Smith|Allen participated in the Project 387 Residency, located in Mendocino Country from August 4-18, 2013. In the heart of a 150-acre redwood forest, the collaborative duo created a site responsive, 3D printed architectural installation: Echoviren. The project merges architecture, art and technology to explore the dialectic between man, machine and nature.

Remembering Red Burns (1925-2013)

Cooper-Hewitt mourns the loss of Red Burns, who was a pioneering force in shaping the interactive media world as a designer and educator. - See more at: Cooper-Hewitt mourns the loss of Red Burns, who was a pioneering force in shaping the interactive media world as a designer and educator. - See more at:

Red Burns, 'Godmother of Silicon Alley,' Dies at 88

Red Burns, an educator who gained wide recognition for pushing for more creative uses of modern communications, helping to lead the movement for public access to cable television and starting a celebrated New York University program to foster Internet wizards, died on Friday at her Manhattan home. She was 88.

Red Burns Was an Oracle for Our Digital Age

The first time I came face-to-face with Red Burns, she was considering my application for the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. I was 25 years old, and Red - 40 years older - already looked ancient to me, in spite of the fiery red hair that gave her her name.
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Red Burns' NYU program put tech wisdom ahead of tech genius

I hate it when the first time I hear about an amazing person is when I read her obituary. I suppose it's a reflection on the limits of my own horizons that I had never heard of Red Burns until I read the New York Times obit about the woman who had an outsized influence on technology, Silicon Valley and the way we all communicate with each other.

R.I.P. Red Burns: NYU ITP Founder Passes Away at 88

Red Burns, founder of Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, passed away in her Manhattan home last Friday, at the age of 88. True to her legacy in touching thousands of lives, the obituary on ITP's website includes a section for sharing stories about the celebrated educator.

Los Angeles moves to lift decade-old ban on public murals

Artists predicted a renaissance of public muraling across Los Angeles as the City Council voted 13-2 Wednesday to lift a decade-long ban on the large outdoor artworks. "We owe it to our next generation to reclaim our legacy as a mural capital of the world," said Isabel Rojas-Williams, executive director of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles.

Newsmaker: Richard Meier

This October Richard Meier celebrates the 50th anniversary of establishing his own office in New York City. Over the years, Meier has witnessed significant changes in architectural practice-including his own. It has become more global in a world where he and other "design"-oriented architects are now able to attract a gamut of large-scale commissions.

Real Estate or Live-in Art? A Fractious Market for Frank Lloyd Wright

There are about 20 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes on the market across the country at the moment, which the Wall Street Journal called the "largest number in recent years," in May.

Delaware Students Have Just Built World's Tallest Lego Tower

Tonight, after months of blood, sweat and tears a team of students from Wilmington, Delaware, broke the Guinness World Record and built the world's tallest Lego tower. For the students, this victory was personal. They struck a powerful blow to their Lego arch-rivals, previous record-holder, the city of Prague.

Michael Graves' Vision: Making Hospitals More Fashionable

In a profession noted for longevity, it's not surprising that Michael Graves, the noted architect and designer of housewares for Target and J.C. Penney, is still going strong at 79 years old. I.M. Pei is still with us at 96, Frank Gehry is 84, Frank Lloyd Wright lived to 91 and, going way back, Christopher Wren was 90 when he died in 1723.

The Power of Ideas

Bjarke Ingels inspires the early-morning crowd squeezed into the massive Sauganash Ballroom at Chicago's Holiday Inn Mart Plaza. We're here for the keynote that kicks off NeoCon. The youthful Dane is the perfect choice to open the annual trade show for contract furnishings in this pivotal year.

Remembering Frank Lloyd Wright's Bijou

The METROPOLIS Blog Courtesy of Ezra Stoller © Esto / Yossi Milo Gallery The sleek showroom captured by the astute eye of Ezra Stoller, 1955. It wasn't a masterwork, but it was the master's work. Every day, hundreds of people walked by the gleaming space, but few may have realized its significance.

Charles Pollock, Renowned Chair Designer, Dies At 83

Charles Pollock, was an essential, but almost secret, player in the midcentury industrial design movement. Born in Michigan, he studied design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and would later go on to work for both Charles Eames and George Nelson. He died yesterday at 83 in a Queens, New York, house fire.

10 Things We Can Learn From Street Artists

In celebrating Wooster Collective's 10th anniversary, we are sharing our top 10 lessons from street art. We hope to see everyone at the 10 Years of Wooster Collective exhibition presented by Jonathan LeVine Gallery, opening on August 7th at 525 West 22nd Street. 1. It's important to tak...

Sukkah City Documentary to Premiere in Union Square Park

In 2010, 600 architects from over 40 countries entered one of the largest architectural competitions of the last decade. Their design brief: to re-imagine the 3,000-year-old sukkah within its traditional halachic design constraints.

How Design Legend Irving Harper Created The Herman Miller Logo

Imagining a sheet of paper as a building site will give you a good sense for Irving Harper's approach to graphic design. As the Swiss magazine Graphis noted in a 1953 survey of his print work for the Nelson Office, it's an approach not dissimilar to that of an architect.

Spain's Largest Vertical Garden Cleans Air Inside Office Building

Vertical garden and green roof dynamos, Urbanarbolism, have successfully completed another project in collaboration with Paisajismo Urbano, this time an indoor vertical garden in Elche, Spain. The three story indoor garden is considered to be Spain's largest and also works to clear the air of indoor office pollutants.

Pantone Names Citi Bike-Inspired Blue as Spring "It" Color at New York Fashion Week

Last week, at the debut of New York Fashion Week, color authority Pantone revealed its ten picks for next year's spring "it" colors. The top color choice for the 2014 women's spring season was a shade of cobalt blue that looks pretty familiar - perhaps because it's the same hue as the Citi Bikes fashionistas have been using to zip around the city all week.

Credit Where Credit is Due: Creator of These Amazing Sushi Roll "Drawings" is a Female Illustrator, Not a Male Sushi ...

Munch on these As someone whose sexually ambiguous first name has led to me being mistaken for a woman online, I feel compelled to set the record straight with this story now making the blog rounds: Takayo Kiyota, the creator of the artistic makizushi (cooked rice, vegetables and/or seafood rolled into a seaweed wrap) you see here, is being incorrectly described by other sites as a male sushi chef.

Introducing Design Gatekeepers, an Interview Series with Ten Influential I.D. Curators, Retailers, and Creative Direc...

A preview of work discussed in this series, with designs by (from left) Angell, Wyller & Aarseth; Francois Chambard; BIKEID; and Claudia & Harry Washington The traditional barriers to recognition as a designer are lower than ever-but there are still certain people you'd do well to impress if you hope to make a career as an independent product designer.

Zaha Hadid: queen of the curve

Ten years ago she was the architect who couldn't get anything built. Now, from the Olympic Aquatics Centre to a new Serpentine gallery, from Beijing to Baku, Zaha Hadid's buildings are everywhere. But she divides opinion: she's a genius, say some, but to critics she has lost touch with her original ideals Zaha Hadid was flying to Frankfurt to give a talk, in which I was her interlocutor.

Seen at Salone - Metropolis Magazine - September 2013

There were three standout themes at this year's furniture fair in Milan.

The Second Lives of Surfboards: Lawrence O'Toole's OTable Makes Busted Boards Look Better Than Ever

Architect Lawrence O'Toole's OTables are available in two colors and created from old surfboard foam. It seems strange that a region renowned for its surfing culture routinely sees old surfboards find their final resting place at the city dump. Architect and designer Lawrence O'Toole is giving new life to Kauai's favorite pastime.

The joy of Letraset

Letraset, the rub-on lettering firm, has shifted manufacture from Kent to China and France. The thought of those plastic transfer sheets is enough to take you back in time, writes Kathryn Westcott. Some products are inextricably infused with nostalgia. Letraset is one of them.