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.
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.
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.
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.
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.