The Heat is On: Latin American Design hits New York

Re-posted from ARCHITONIC by Simon Keane-Cowell, Zürich, Switzerland As the world’s busiest revolving door, New York is no stranger to new cultural sights and influences. The 2013 New York Design Week saw a raft of Latin American designers and design collectives exhibit their highly polished and conceptually impressive work to an enthusiastic audience. It’s hot in the city. […]

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Introducing New Works By 3 Innovative Designers, Santa Fe, NM

Molecule will be featuring new works by 3 amazing designers: We’re very proud to introduce new works by Matthew Hilton from England, manufactured by De La Espada, from Portugal. We’ll have a few strong pieces on display. De La Espada makes high end, beautifully executed furniture in harvested walnuts and oaks. Matthew Hilton is one […]

Design Lab Awards Pre-Fab Architecture and Digital Dresses – Santa Fe, NM

Written by Ellen Berkovitch, October 11, 2012. Re-posted from Adobe Airstream Design Lab at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art last Friday night presented entries including a tornado house fantasy design for windy midwestern cities, an urban backyard chicken coop with implications for the biological clock of the chickens, and “intriguing innovations in form” across visionary built […]

What is Industrial Design?

Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, […]

Women in Industrial Design: Where my ladies at?

  How do we encourage more females to become industrial designers? Re-posted from GOOD Design, by Alissa Walker, Aug 2010 When I catch wind of a design conference my fingers go scurrying across the keyboard towards the URL. But I don’t go clicking on the glamorous location (usually a hotel ballroom) or the glitzy parties (usually […]

Aparna Rao: High-tech art (with a sense of humor)

Artist and TED Fellow Aparna Rao re-imagines the familiar in surprising, often humorous ways. With her collaborator Soren Pors, Rao creates high-tech art installations — a typewriter that sends emails, a camera that tracks you through the room only to make you invisible on screen — that put a playful spin on ordinary objects and […]

The Female Factor: Women at the Drawing Board

Furniture design students carrying projects to the studio at the Rhode Island School of Design, where 68 percent of the students are female. By ALICE RAWSTHORN Published: March 6, 2011, New York Times   LONDON — It started a month ago when I was asked to compile a list of 20 designers who will influence design […]

Molecule goes to NYC 2012 Design Week

Great visit in NYC for Design Week. So much went on. Molecule only caught a glimpse. Between ICFF, the new Wanted Design event, and Cindy Sherman’s exhibition at MoMA, it was a full 4 days. Always biased about Venezuelan talent-as I am Venezuelan. These are Rafael Barrio’s scultptures on Park Avenue, one of many as part […]

2012 Art and Design at Molecule – The Poetry of Intensity

This was a ton of fun! Molecule showed the works of 9 local artists as part of the growing series, Art Meets Design. What characterizes their work is the intensity of their content. Some were thinking of product design and production, if not industrially, clearly referentially and symbolically. Like the work of poet and craftman […]

Light Transmitting Concrete

Concrete has a sometimes-bad reputation as a harsh, rigid, cold-to-the-touch and straight-edged material. Litracon is doing a great deal to change that image of concrete through a score of creative and sustainable applications for their patented light-transmitting concrete. Filled with optical fibers that run from one end of a poured piece of concrete to the other, these […]

Marva Griffin, founder of Salone Satellite, Milan, Italy

Written by Nadine Rubin Nathan for Material Connexion, 2012. Marva Griffin, Founder and Curator of Salone Satellite at Salone del Mobile, and International Press Relations of Fondazione Cosmit Eventi from Milan In 1999 designer Carlo Contin had the idea to arrange a group of uniform spokes into a simple geometric form. The result was an […]

Biophotovoltaics – generating energy from photosynthesis

Two Cambridge University departments — the science-driven Biochemistry lab and the design-focused Institute for Manufacturing — have teamed up to dream up biophotovoltaic devices of the future. Biophotovoltaics generate renewable energy (and a few other useful by-products) from the photosynthesis of living organisms like algae and moss. Prototype devices have recently been constructed and tested in […]

Birth of an idea – Sketch Furniture, 2005

Is it possible to let a first sketch become an object, to design directly onto space?  The four FRONT members have developed a method to materialise free hand sketches. They make it possible by using a unique system where two advanced techniques are combined. Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture […]

Sori Yanagi dies at 96

Seeing Things / Sori Yanagi’s Everyday Beauty  Re-posted from The New York Times Magazine, by  Brooke Hodge, January 5, 2011 The Japanese designer Sori Yanagi, who died on Dec. 25 in Tokyo at the age of 96, is best known for his 1956 Butterfly Stool. It is both elegant and utterly simple: two curved pieces of […]

Japan’s capsule hotels now coffin-sized homes

January 07, 2010|By Kyung Lah, CNN Satoshi Miura crawled into his rented room, dropping his bag in the corner. It didn’t take long to get settled — home tonight is a capsule. The rooms are boxes in this capsule hotel about the size of a coffin. But no matter, says 45-year-old Miura. He’s only there […]

Lego-style apartment transforms into infinite spaces

When Christian Schallert isn’t cooking, dressing, sleeping or eating, his 24 square meter (258 square feet) apartment is an empty cube. To use a piece of furniture, he has to build it.  To sleep, he rolls his bed out from under the balcony, his stairs become bedside tables and he can even swing his tv out […]