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Richard Meier Remembers the Late Massimo Vignelli: “He Made Me Look Twice”

Massimo Vignelli, January 10, 1931 – May 27, 2014

The world of design, across nearly every discipline, experienced a great loss on Tuesday when Italian-born, New York-based icon Massimo Vignelli passed away at the age of 83. On May 9, son Luca had announced that his father was terminally ill, and invited fans to send letters of support and well wishing. Vignelli received thousands, according to fellow modernist and longtime friend Richard Meier.

Meier, who moved his office to 10th Avenue at Vignelli’s suggestion and refused to publish a book unless his upstairs neighbor would design it, spoke to ARTINFO over the phone about one of his best friends. His full, uninterrupted reflections are below.


See Inside Dubai’s Opus Office Towers, Where Zaha Hadid Designed Her First Hotel

The interiors are just as curvy and spaceship-like as you’d imagine.

The organic, expressive lines of the midcentury Isamu Noguchi table actually pair really well with the digitally designed space — logical, but still surprising.


Philippe Malouin’s Mollo Chair, A Fabulous Use of Foam

In industrial design, comfort often requires meticulous engineering — but not the case with Mollo, Philippe Malouin’s newly launched armchair for London purveyor of eye-catching goods Established & Sons. The Canadian-born, London-based designer took the simplest route to building this full-bodied piece of furniture, opting out of rigid structural supports and sticking instead to foams of various densities.

Mollo on display at Established & Sons Fuorisalone exhibition in Milan

“The shape of the Mollo came about while experimenting with flat polyurethane foam sheets,” he recently told ARTINFO via email. “After making many models, we made a discovery while making a foam tube and curling it. We made three small stitches on the model and it created the seat, while elevating the backrest and armrests.” The result is a plump form that begs you to curl up inside, and once you get a feel of the velvet upholstery, there’s no getting up.

— Janelle Zara (@janellezara)
Images via Established & Sons

Anselm Reyle-Designed Rugs and More to Debut in Milan

Anselm Reyle’s “Untitled,” 2012, hand-knotted rug Himalayan wool and silk

During Milan’s mega trade show Salone del Mobile, Gothenburg-based Swedish handmade rug company Henzel Studio is teasing its new “Henzel Studio Collaborations, Volume #1,” a collection of rugs by an impressive roster of designers: Anselm Reyle, assume vivid astro focus, Scott Campbell, Leo Gabin, Robert Knoke, Helmut Lang, Linder, Marilyn Minter, Jack Pierson, Richard Prince, Juergen Teller, and Mickalene Thomas. Each richly textured piece has been woven in Nepal using centuries-old traditional techniques.

While the collection’s official launch is scheduled to take place will be at Barneys during Frieze New York from May 9, the works of Reyle and Lang will be on view at Milan’s Temporary Museum for New Design from April 8 to 13. For those of you who won’t be heading to Italy next week, ARTINFO offers its own sneak peek below.


How Skipping School Led Charles Renfro to Architecture

Learn the genesis of his career in just two minutes.

After a particularly bad episode of bullying in the fourth grade, Charles Renfro told his mother he didn’t want to go to school anymore. “She asked me what I wanted to do, and I said ‘I want to go look at buildings’,” he says in the latest installment of “What Made Me,” a series of video shorts by T Magazine. Rather than send him back to class, Renfro’s mother obliged; she took him on a two-week tour of downtown Houston’s architecture, from Philip Johnson’s Bank of America Center to “kind of ridiculous commercial developments.” The tour struck a chord with 8-year-old Renfro, and turned out to be that formative (and heartwarming) moment that led to his becoming a principal at Diller Scofidio + Renfro. See the full video here.

— Janelle Zara (@janellezara)

Image via Azure

New York Design Week Adds an Avant-Garde Fair by Sight Unseen

After four years as a central event during New York’s still-fledgling Design Week, the NoHo Design District is sadly no more.

Forward/Slash Light, 2014, by Ladies & Gentlemen

“The real estate in the area really exploded,” explains Jill Singer, who, along with Monica Khemsurov, founded the design site Sight Unseen and launched the multi-site design event in 2010.


Featherweight Champion: Benjamin Hubert’s Ripple Table Up for Best Design of the Year

Good design is not as much about reinventing the wheel as it is pushing the limits of how far you can go with it. Take Benjamin Hubert’s 2013 Ripple Table for Canadian manufacturer Corelam, for example, on view at the London Design Museum’s “Designs of the Year 2014″ exhibition that opened Wednesday. Lauded for its lightness — although its surface measures eight feet by three feet, the whole thing weighs 20 pounds — it’s not made of any space-age materials, but 0.8mm-thick sheets of laminated Sitka spruce plywood.


Shigeru Ban Wins 2014 Pritzker Prize

Best known for his groundbreaking use of paper as a tool to build humanitarian relief in the immediate wake of disaster, 56-year-old international architect Shigeru Ban has been awarded the 2014 Pritzker Prize.

“Shigeru Ban is a force of nature, which is entirely appropriate in the light of his voluntary work for the homeless and dispossessed in areas that have been devastated by natural disasters,” announced Pritzker Prize jury chairman, the Lord Palumbo. “But he also ticks the several boxes for qualification to the Architectural Pantheon — a profound knowledge of his subject with a particular emphasis on cutting-edge materials and technology; total curiosity and commitment; endless innovation; an infallible eye; an acute sensibility — to name but a few.” His most iconic works include cathedrals, cabins, and a concert hall, all constructed from cardboard tubes in response to major natural disasters. He is the third Japanese Pritzker prize winner in the past five years.

— Janelle Zara (@janellezara)

David Rockwell Sparks the Conversation With His New Grill Design

David Rockwell, the architect behind the set of “Hairspray,” TED’s bespoke talk-oriented auditorium, and the carnivalesque layout of the Googa Mooga food festival, has always been a fan of designing spectacle with user experience in mind. The backyard barbecue seems to be no exception.

We’re also fans of those puck-sized dials.

Rockwell this weekend launched his David Rockwell by Caliber Grill, a large-scale product being billed as “the world’s first social grill.” At 60 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 36 inches tall, its design is meant to evoke a “ceremonial table,” according to its official release, but its most social feature is its disappearing lid. It glides into a canopy, allowing guests to gather 360 degrees around the flame—just as our cave-dwelling ancestors had always intended. “Cooking can now take center stage,” says Rockwell, and now the chef no longer has to be lonely.

— Janelle Zara (@janellezara)

Image via Caliber Grill

9/11 Memorial Museum Design Details Unveiled

In May, the long-awaited National 9/11 Memorial Museum will open its doors 70 feet below the New York City street level. Its architects, Davis Brody Bond, offer a preview of what visitors will experience, a thoughtfully crafted progression through the underground foundations of the World Trade Center towers.

“We relied on four principles to guide our work: memory, authenticity, scale and emotion, hoping to provide the most sensitive, respectful and informative experience for visitors,” said Davis Brody Bond principal Steven M. Davis in the plans’ official release. After visitors enter the museum through the Snøhetta-designed pavilion located between the reflecting pools of the memorial’s plaza, for example, they’ll descend “the Ribbon.” This gently sloping ramp, similar to the one used to remove debris from Ground Zero, was designed intentionally for slow descent, providing visitors a space for contemplation.