Motor Mouth

James Dyson’s new handheld vacuum boasts the most powerful ?engine ever designed for a home appliance. 

Eight Desks on Show at Sebastian + Barquet London


FreeFormDesk by C. Perriand (c. 1960)

January 10, 2008. “Soft as the thighs of a woman,” is how Charlotte Perriand described the rubbed finish of her FreeForm desk. Perriand’s lovingly crafted pine desk will be one of eight desks produced between 1940 and 1985 by American and French designers to go on show at the Sebastian + Barquet London gallery from January 15 through March 14 …

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Magma Under Golden Moon by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance

December 22, 2008. For Brussels gallery Pierre Bergé & associés, French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance of Néonata has created a series of unique furniture pieces based on natural forms. Through January 23, the exhibition, entitled Black Tide Under Moonlight, captures the ambivalence that dogs us on the subject of fossil fuels, presenting congealed petrol-like puddles, as if the vestige of an oil spill, that encourage reclining as much as reflection …

Design Miami: New Work from Meta by Mallett


Glissade in Bog Oak by Wales & Wales. Photo by Meta.

December 3, 2008. With Meta: Masterpieces and Materials Past and Present, Meta, a new company launched this year by the London antiques house Mallett, will make its Miami debut and launch four new special edition products at Design Miami from December 3 – 6, alongside some of Mallett’s historical furniture, some pieces as old as 300 years …

Museum Acquires Modernist Residence


The Miller House will be restored by the museum

December 1, 2008. The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) has announced that it will acquire and preserve the landmark Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana, one of the country’s finest examples of midcentury international Modernism, designed by Eero Saarinen, with interiors by Alexander Girard and landscape design by Daniel Urban Kiley

Design Miami: New Rizzoli Design Book Releases


Spread from Rizzoli’s new Ted Muehling book

December 2, 2008. At Art Basel/Design Miami on Saturday, December 5, Rizzoli will host a triple-play fashion, architecture and design book signing at the Empire Fine Arts gallery from 4:00 to 6:30 pm …

Jewelry Exhibition Showcases Work by Designers


Ring by designer Michele Oka Doner at Friedman Benda

December 11, 2008. Tonight, contemporary jewelry dealer Sara Benda of Afsoun.com celebrates the opening of her first exhibition, Zerocarat, at husband Marc Benda’s Friedman Benda gallery with a 7-9 PM reception. Benda’s collection focuses on established artists and designers who are known in a field outside of jewelry …

Cecil Balmond

“Solid Void” has invaded the Graham Foundation’s 1902 Prairie School Madlener House in Chicago.

Artist Helps to Design David Nolan Art Gallery


The façade of the new David Nolan Gallery in Chelsea

November 21, 2008. New York City’s David Nolan Gallery has opened a new art space in a former cabinetry workshop at 527 West 29th Street designed by studioMDA in collaboration with artist Richard Artschwager

Karim Rashid Exhibit in S


Rashid show in São Paulo. Photo by Alisson Louback.

November 18, 2008. As pop as he is prolific, Karim Rashid is generally a good topic for design world dinner table dissention: Is he good or just ubiquitous, hard working or derivative? But walking through the current Rashid exhibit, which will run through January 4 at São Paulo’s Tomie Ohtake Institute (in a concrete-and-mirrored-pink Paulistano building designed by Ruy Ohtake), it’s easy to see why Rashid sells as prodigiously as he produces …