Interview with Irma Boom

When Irma Boom makes a book, it’s not just a book but the book. The 50-year-old Dutch designer can spend years researching a project, and she insists on being a partner, not an employee. But her imperiousness is in the …

What We Talk About When We Talk to Objects

“My brother used to think that when you had coffee machines, there was a guy inside making the coffee,” says Paola Antonelli, the Museum of Modern Art’s senior curator of architecture and design. She was explaining a conceptual video featured …

Little Black Books

  Fifteen years ago, Moleskine bet on paper and won. Now it ponders its future in the digital world.   At the beginning of my interview with two Moleskine executives in the company’s sparkling new Manhattan offices overlooking the Hudson …

The Art of The Velvet Underground

— Most people know two things about the Velvet Underground: Its original fan base was absurdly out of proportion to its later influence, and it benefited from a brief association with Andy Warhol. But the band had a striking visual …

Poster Child

Mike Mills’s new book, Graphics Films, nicely captures the contradictory natures of the personal and the profitable. The monograph, the first from the 43-year-old California native, tracks Mills’s ascent from a teenage skateboarder to a twentysomething habitué of Aaron Rose’s …