Design Diary

An Abundance of Asymmetrical Stateside

An Abundance of Asymmetrical Stateside

As promised in my last Design Diary entry, which featured asymmetrical decorative elements and furnishings with organic shapes being exhibited around the world, I’m taking a look at what I’ve seen stateside that fits into these interesting categories.

Aviva Stanoff and the Threads That Connect

Aviva Stanoff and the Threads That Connect

This post kicks off a new Design Diary series titled “Les Ateliers,” based upon visits to designer and artisan studios around the world. I chose to start with Aviva Stanoff because the authenticity with which she and her husband Victor have infused the brand is as strong as I’ve seen for a company of any size.

Let Us Pause for Patina

Let Us Pause for Patina

Walking through the showrooms during Dallas Market in June and Atlanta Market in July, I noticed that offerings exhibiting powerful patina were popping up everywhere. After two decades of design writing, I know how distressed surfaces bring soulfulness to rooms. A few examples on the Design Diary today.

From the Archives: Harvest Dome 2.0

From the Archives: Harvest Dome 2.0

When we transitioned adroyt away from WordPress, we had to shutter posts that we felt were worthy of being seen so we’re featuring them in this series “From the Archives.” The reason we feel this post is worthy is because SLO architects took what trashes NYC's sidewalks and turned the refuse into an ethereal sculpture.

From the Archives: The Eames Chair as Sculpture

From the Archives: The Eames Chair as Sculpture

In 2012, architects Matt Compeau and Bi-Ying Miao, in collaboration with Levitt Goodman Architects, submitted a 3D-printed spinal sculpture using the shape of the Eames chair to the reDesign2012 project at the Textile Museum of Canada. The organic wrapping spiral beautifully evokes the interior of a shell.

From the Archives: Patrick Jouin’s Substance of Design

From the Archives: Patrick Jouin’s Substance of Design

When I strolled into Paris’ Centre Pompidou to walk through Patrick Jouin’s exhibition with the designer in 2010, I met a slim, handsome man in  dapper clothes that contrasted the motorcycle helmet casually slung over his forearm. This summed up the paradox I would find in Patrick Jouin: La Substance du Design.