A defining structure of 20th-century modern architecture, this is one of the masterpieces of the world-reknowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Designed to house Illinois Institute of Technology’s departments of architecture, planning, and design, the building’s dramatic, structurally-expressive form resulted from the need to create an open interior space that could be flexibly adapted for changing needs and uses. Instead of interior columns, the roof is hung from exposed steel trusses bridging the depth of the building.
Designed in the early 1950′s and finished construction in 1956. Described by Time Magazine as “the world’s most influential, inspiring and astonishing structures” Crown Hall is a breathtaking, free space; intimidating with its jet black, sharp lines, while entirely inviting and open with its gigantic windows.
I had spent my first 2 Years at the Institute of Design in the basement of this building and what struck me at the time was the perfect proportion of each and every window. The building leaked when it rained, and the students did everything to block out the dazzling light so they could work. The vast open air space and the freestanding wood paneled core set the personality for the interior.
Crown Hall, by Mies van der Rohe
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Samoa recently launched the Iz outdoor furniture collection. The collection is made entirely from aluminium and features a sun-lounger, chairs, tables, armchairs and benches. The collection was awarded the ICFF editors award for the best outdoor collection.
Iz, by Francesc Rifé, for Samoa
Little Garden, by Tokujin Yoshioka, for Moroso
Made from the Australian macadamia nut shell, Mark Harrison developed a special compound that combines the shells with injection molding to create colorful bowls inspired by nature and surroundings.
Frag, Pinch, Wax, by Mark Harrison, for Husque
Tadao Ando. (Japanese, born 1941). Church of the Light, Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan. 1984-89. Wood.
Permanent Collection MoMA
The Celebrity Lamp is made of 40 pairs of mirrored aviator sunglasses.
Celebrity Lamp, $1,600, by Stephan Breier and Johannes Scherr, at Element design
Fold Collection is a range of lights with lampshades that create optical effects: the diffusers are produced in either stainless steel with a super mirror finish or steel painted with a semi-gloss white finish. They enhance the brightness of the light source when the light is switched on and reflect the natural light in the room when it is off.
Fold Collection, by Enrico Franzolini, for Pallucco
An Important and Rare Prototype Prismatic Table for the Alcoa Forecast Program
The Aluminum Corporation of America (Alcoa) program emphasized the artistic and functional possibilities of aluminum. Select commissioned designs were featured in full-page advertisements shot by noted photographers in widely-read weekly magazines. It is for this program that Isamu Noguchi developed the iconic design of the Prismatic table.
Isamu Noguchi, who was the third artist featured in the Forecast program in early 1957, developed an abstract three-dimensional form. Noguchi’s Prismatic tables were conceived in multiple to form a “kaleidoscope” with variant colors with the intention of adaptability. The advertisement photographed by Irving Penn used the table as a casual, yet romantic platform for dinner at home.
Prototype Prismatic Table, Sold at Auction for $290,500, by Isamu Noguchi, at Sotheby’s