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MZ Wallace Teams with Food52 to Build a Better Market Tote

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 13:01
New York City-based MZ Wallace is our go-to source for smartly designed, beautifully made bags in materials ranging from seasonless leather and sturdy canvas to quilted nylon and metallic Kevlar—in weights and colors that change with the seasons (we're partial to a full-bodied shade of gray they call "seagull" and keep the UnBeige fleet of iPads sheathed in MZW printed haircalf pouches, but this summer is all about the Pollock-style Metro Tote). Now the company has joined forces with online culinary commmity Food52 to design a better market tote: ideally used to whisk just-picked produce from farmstand to kitchen, we suspect it will work just as well hauling more conventional groceries. But what color should it be? They've narrowed the field of chromatic contenders to forest green and navy blue, and the winning hue will be decided by an online vote. Make your preference known by Monday at 11:59 p.m. and be entered to win a tote before it's released this fall.

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See the World Through Yves Klein-Blue Colored Lenses

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 13:05
Having missed their splashy coming-out party at Colette in Paris, we first encountered a pair of Yves Klein Blue sunglasses on the chiseled face of a gentleman at the Munich airport. The stunning ultramarine specs, made by indie eyewear brand Etnia Barcelona, mark the first time that the Yves Klein Archive has authorized a brand to use the exact color patented by the artist as "International Klein Blue." You can find the aviator-style sunglasses at the New Museum shop and the full collection at Etnia Barcelona. And did we mention the good cause? Royalties from the Klein collection go to OrphanAid, a non-profit organization that develops programs and projects to help vulnerable children and families in Ghana.

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Anonymous Tips: Because Sharing Is Caring

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:20
If we've heard it once, we've heard it a thousand times: "I could tell you this Big Design News, but then I'd have to kill you." Now you can give us the scoop and skip the messy murder plot, thanks to our "Anonymous Tips" box, which the Mediabistro tech wizards have placed at the top right of this page. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Type in your news—design happenings, gossip, movements of the Revolving Door, a designer's hidden talent, or any newsy, design-y morsel—and click "send." We'll get the news, you'll retain your air of mystery.

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Collective Design Fair Throws a Few Curves

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 19:14
The Collective Design Fair returned to the Frieze-time fray this year, and we sent Nancy Lazarus to check out the new venue and the many curvaceous works on view. A screen by Taher Chemirik was the undulating centerpiece of Galerie BSL's booth at Collective. International in scope yet moderate in scale, New York's Collective Design Fair debuted last year "to provide new commercial and educational platforms for vintage and contemporary design," according to Steven Learner, the fair's creative director. The sophomore edition ran from May 8-11 in a new venue—Skylight at Moynihan Station—and added to existing strengths in Scandinavian design and ceramics with a new focus on wearable art. We chatted with some of the 36 exhibitors and joined a tour led by Cooper-Hewitt curator Sarah Coffin to round up five highlights. Todd Merrill 20th Century Studio Contemporary, New York City: "A tour de force of woodworking" was Coffin's apt description of Irish designer Joseph Walsh's Enignum Canopy Bed (at right), since it consists of ribbons of olive ash wood positioned on a raised platform. Walsh explained the craftsmanship involved in the accompanying materials: "In the Enignum series of works I have stripped wood into thin layers, manipulating and reconstructing them into free form compositions. The title derives from the Latin words 'enigma' (mystery) and ‘lignum’ (wood).” Sienna Patti Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts: "Jacqueline Lillie's beaded jewelry plays off of Wiener Werkstätte, but is updated to be contemporary," said Coffin. The French-born, Vienna-based designer works with materials including glass beads, corian, and stainless steel. "In addition to form and function, I also insist on flexibility," Lillie has said. "That's essential because all good jewelry should adapt to the wearer and be an extension of that person's character." continued...

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Design Jobs: Lincoln Center, Everyday Health, American Girl

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 18:30
This week, Lincoln Center is hiring a graphic designer, while Everyday Health needs a senior designer. American Girl is seeking a senior art director of content, and College of the Holy Cross is on the hunt for a director of creative services. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Graphic Designer Lincoln Center (New York, NY) Senior Designer Everyday Health (New York, NY) Senior Art Director - Content American Girl (Middleton, WI) Director, Creative Services College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) Senior Designer Time Out New York (New York, NY) Find more great design jobs on the UnBeige job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented UnBeige pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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Quote of Note | Harold Koda

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:45
"[A]t the end of his life, if you went down to the street and said, 'Charles James lives there,' nobody would care. But think about Anna Piaggi—she had Antonio [Lopez] do all these drawings of his work immediately after he died. The people who were really savvy never forgot him. It's just that he was never a household name, even when he was at his peak. He was always known as being at the cutting edge of the design world. I think what will happen with this exhibition is that fashionable people will come in, and they'll be inspired by the colors and the shapes, but they will [translate] them in a more traditional way so that [the clothes] can be easily manufactured. But I think the people who will come away with even more inspiration will be industrial designers, graphic designers, and architects, because you will see such interesting ways of thinking." -Curator-in-charge of the Costume Institute Harold Koda, who organized "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" with Jan Glier Reeder. The exhibition is on view through August 10 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Pictured: Clover Leaf Ball Gown designed in 1953 by Charles James

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National Building Museum Explores ‘Designing for Disaster’

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 13:37
The Washington Monument reopens to the public today—nearly three years after sustaining severe damage from the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the East Coast in August 2011. Total cost of repairs to the towering obelisk? Approximately $15 million. Amidst rising costs associated with natural disasters, the National Building Museum is exploring new approaches to disaster resilience in “Designing for Disaster,” an exhibition that runs through August 2 at the Washington, D.C. institution. Organized by the destructive forces associated with each of the elements—earth, air, fire, and water, the show is a mix of case studies, artifacts (including singed opera glasses from the Waldo Canyon wildfire, and stone fragments from the earthquake-damaged National Cathedral), and immersive experiences (DIY disasters?) such as a “wall of wind” against which visitors can compare how various roof shapes perform in hurricane-force gales. Those that find even simulated disasters overwhelming can take refuge in the FEMA-specified tornado safe room.

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Stefan Sagmeister on Why Beauty Matters

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 03:51
When did beauty become a dirty—or at least obsolete—word for artists and designers? Stefan Sagmeister weighed on the issue in his stimulating—ok, beautiful—presentation at last week's DLD (Digital-Life-Design) conference in New York City. Watch the video below for an aesthetic journey that goes from the industrial shed that is Memphis's Cook Covention Center ("Elvis had truly left the building.") to a consideration of the impact of Sagmeister's fellow Austrian Adolf Loos to faux Mondrians (can you tell the real from the fake?) to a mesmerizing coda complete with jiggly gelatin typography.

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Missed the D-Crit Conference? Watch the Videos

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 13:05
The fifth annual School of Visual Arts MFA Design Criticism (a.k.a D-Crit) conference, "Lingua Franca," drew an impressive, international crowd to the SVA Theatre, where members of the Class of 2014 presented their thesis research alongside guest speakers such as writer and curator (at Hong Kong’s new M+ museum) Aric Chen, material anthropologist Emily Stokes-Rees, and creator of the MIT Press Mediawork project Peter Lunenfeld. Those that missed—or want to relive—last Friday's proceedings are in luck: videos of the sessions are now available online. We suggest beginning with novelist and critic Nicholson Baker's keynote address, "Wrapping Sentences Around Things":

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SFMOMA to Honor Jonathan Ive

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:08
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, now in the throes of an epic Snøhetta-designed expansion, is the not letting the absence of an HQ prevent it from bestowing its annual lifetime achievement award. This year's recipient is Apple's Jonathan Ive, who will be presented with the 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award at a dinner on October 30 (venue TBD). Past recipients include artists Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Serra, filmmaker George Lucas, and landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. continued...

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In Which André Leon Talley Fondles Tom Ford’s Waistcoat

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 12:57
Style.com and the rest of the Condé Nast crew elected not to repeat last year's rather awkward livestreaming of the arrivals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala, but they did keep a camera trained on the indefatigable André Leon Talley on Monday evening as he held court at the top of the carpeted granite stairs shouting terse greetings ("Instagram! Patricia!") and complimenting ensembles. The result is a series of very, very short videos such as this one, in which Talley and Tom Ford discuss the work of designer Charles James, the subject of this year's spring Costume Institute exhibition; the textile of Ford's own sumptous white waistcoat (spoiler alert: silk!); and the sartorial preferences of Ford's toddler son.

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Twitter Along with UnBeige

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 10:44
Famed literary critic Lionel Trilling once described Henry James as a "social twitterer." Sure, he meant it as an insult, but it makes us feel better about having jumped on the microblogging bandwagon. Look to the official UnBeige Twitter feed, for up-to-the-minute newsbites, event snippets, links of interest, design trivia, and free candy (OK, we're still working on the physics of that last one). The Mediabistro tech wizards have added to the sidebar at right a handful of our most recent word bursts, but you can sign up to follow all of our twittering here.

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Design Jobs: Birchbox, Refinery29, Frederator Networks

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 18:30

This week, Birchbox is hiring a photo editor, while Refinery29 is seeking a freelance photo editor. Frederator Networks needs a graphic designer, and Whole Foods Market is on the hunt for a regional marketing graphic design/project manager. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Photo Editor Birchbox (New York, NY) Freelance Photo Editor Refinery29 (New York, NY) Graphic Designer Frederator Networks (New York, NY) Regional Marketing Graphic Design /Project Manager Whole Foods Market (Englewood Cliffs, NJ) Art Director (Mid Weight) Unisono (Manama, Bahrain)

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Smithsonian Joins Forces with The Great Courses in Decade-Long Deal

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 12:33

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In a bit of news that is in keeping this week’s fun-yet-educational theme, the Smithsonian Institution has inked a deal with The Great Courses (née The Teaching Company) to produce new courses devoted to history, science, culture, travel, music, and the arts. The ten-year licensing agreement calls for the purveyor of recorded lectures to draw upon the Smithsonian’s museums and collections for a staring-line up of twelve courses that will include “Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History,” “A Visual Guide to the Universe,” and “The Great Tours and Smithsonian Journeys: Essential Sites of Rome, Venice, and Tuscany.” We suggest a “Museum Masterpieces: Cooper-Hewitt” edition to accompany the existing Great Courses that offer virtual tours of the Met, the Louvre, and London’s National Gallery.

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Quote of Note | Elliott Erwitt

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 11:02

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“I was traveling, doing interviews for the Macallan project. In each place, we had an exhibition with photos from the book. The receptions were very nice. Some of the questions [from reporters] were rather stupid. In Moscow, there were 500 journalists—supposed journalists. Three or four of them were intelligent. One asked if I was there when the pictures were taken. I replied, ‘Probably.’”

-Photographer Elliott Erwitt in American Photo magazine

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Introducing Archigrams: Famous Buildings for Your Walls

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 10:35

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Having been refused subscriptions to the likes of Wildlife Treasury and Sweet Pickles during our formative years, we’re suckers for flash cards. Combine their didactic delights with posters and architecture and you’ve got Archigrams: minimal, informative prints of famous buildings ranging from Gerrit Rietveld‘s Schroeder House to the Gherkin (a.k.a. 30 St. Mary Axe by Norman Foster, no relation to Sweet Pickles). “The idea came to me years ago when I was an architecture student at UCLA, studying for my architecture history exams,” says Michie Cao, now a graduate student in interaction design at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She returned to the idea as part of a project for her SVA course in Entrepreneurial Design.

“As designers, we tend to be perfectionists and want to hide our ideas from the world until it’s one-hundred-percent developed and perfect. Unfortunately, that often prevents us from actually building it and getting the objective feedback we need to take the next step,” Cao explains. “The goal of this class was therefore to teach us how to use our networks, build a community base, and to learn how to test ideas out in the real world.” Her Archigrams Kickstarter campaign of last month raised $11,258, nearly four times the original goal, and production is now underway. Cao took time to tell us more about the concept, her sentimental favorite building, and how you can get in on the architectural fun.

michie caoHow would you characterize the initial response to your concept?
Mixed! My initial concept of Archigrams was essentially a set of visual flashcards for modern architecture, and the first people I showed this to were classmates, friends, and Reddit. Many people, especially designers and architecture people, told me they loved the prints. Others told me they were turned off by the idea of flashcards, because it invoked bad memories of high school. From there, I iterated and played with all the ways I could frame my concept—first, by completely eliminating the informational aspect of it and then, incrementally bringing it back. Finally, I arrived at the concept I have now, which is that they are beautiful prints, supplemented by tidbits of important information every architect knows. My Kickstarter campaign took a while to catch on in social media, but after getting featured on various blogs and websites and as [a Kickstarter] Project of the Day, it finally got the exposure it needed and took off.
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Documentary Focuses on NYC Cab Driver-Turned-Street Photographer Matt Weber

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 22:05

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Van Gogh (1989) by Matt Weber, the subject of More Than a Rainbow.

Matt Weber got his start in photography with one hand on a camera and the other on the wheel of a New York City taxi cab. He soon went from being a taxi driver with a camera to a photographer with a taxi, eventually making photography a full-time pursuit. Weber—and the fate of photography in a digital age—is the subject of More Than the Rainbow, a new documentary that opens today at New York’s Quad Cinema and heads to Los Angeles later this month. Set to the twisting melodies of Thelonious Monk, the film combines live action with still photography and interviews with Weber and fellow photographers such as Ralph Gibson and Zoe Strauss.

“For me the essential thing was to create something that would have its own feel,” says director and producer Dan Wechsler. “We interspers[ed] musically driven montage sequences—some in color, some in black and white—where the audience could feel itself moving along the sidewalks and through the subways of the city that our main subject has been roving for the past quarter century, with a camera around his neck at almost all times.”
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Advanced Style Goes from Blog to Book to Film

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 18:42

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What began as a blog and became a book—and then a coloring book—has shape-shifted once again. Ari Seth Cohen‘s Advanced Style heads to the big screen via filmmaker Lina Plioplyte, whose documentary follows seven fabulous New Yorkers aged between 62 and 95 as they challenge the stereotypes of beauty and aging with their unique style. Chunky jewelry, statement sunglasses, turbans, magenta, and Iris Apfel all loom large. Advanced Style makes its U.S. debut tomorrow at the Montclair Film Festival in Montclair, New Jersey. The trailer (below) is best enjoyed while wearing a cape and a minimum of eight bangle bracelets.

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Cooper-Hewitt Announces 2014 National Design Award Winners

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:05

NDA_logo.jpgThe jury has spoken, and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has announced the winners of the 2014 National Design Awards. We’ll take a closer look at the honorees in the days and weeks to come, but in the meantime, here is the full list of winners who will be celebrated on October 9 at a gala dinner at Pier Sixty in New York.

Lifetime Achievement: Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar

Design Mind: Witold Rybczynski

Corporate and Institutional Achievement: Etsy

Architecture Design: Brooks + Scarpa

Communication Design: Office

Fashion Design: Narciso Rodriguez

Interaction Design: Aaron Koblin

Interior Design: Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors

Landscape Design: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture

Product Design: LUNAR

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Wanted: Bookish Designer for Poised Promotions

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 05:24

cambridge.jpgWant to be the only designer on your block employed by a company founded by a 1534 royal charter? Well, here’s your ticket to legitimately name dropping Henry VIII at parties and more review copies than are prudent for an urban dweller. The New York City office of Cambridge University Press is searching for a senior designer to work his or her creative magic on promoting some of the around 1,200 new books it produces each year (and that’s not even counting its historic Bibles list!). The ideal candidate, who will will lead brainstorming, concept development, and design of integrated marketing campaigns for the English Language Teaching group, has advanced understanding of branding, typography, and grids/visual systems and is a pro on InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. And if you’ve spent any time in the Boston area, remember, that’s home to the other Cambridge.

Learn more about and apply for this Senior Designer, Cambridge University Press job or view all the current mediabistro.com design/art/photo jobs.

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