An overview of the work of Finnish architect and designer, Alvar Aalto.
In today’s design-saturated world, Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto’s modernist legacy endures as a testament to his great genius. Born ‘Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto’ in 1898 in Kuortane, a small municipality in…
An insight into contemporary Chilean architecture, by Gerard McGuickin.
In Chile, contemporary architecture is shaped by nature, mass urbanisation, poverty and a willingness to improve. Traditional styles and influences are found across many dwellings. Chile: Facts and Figures Chile is a truly…
An insight into contemporary Japanese architecture incorporating elements of traditional styles and values.
Traditional Japanese dwellings have several distinguishing features: conventionally open to nature, early Japanese homes were built using natural materials such as wood and earth, their construction extending sidewards as opposed to upwards (Source:…
An overview of the work of renowned British designer, Lee Broom.
Lee Broom is a rather dapper chap, having a genteel countenance and an affable manner. The polished, passionate and highly acclaimed designer, whose status is one verging on celebrity, has a marked presence…
An overview of the work of NORM.ARCHITECTS with insights from one of its creators, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen.
NORM.ARCHITECTS was founded in 2008 by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn. Located in wonderful Copenhagen, NORM is testament to Danish design’s constant prolific influence in the fields of architecture, product design and interiors….
An overview of the work and wisdom of British designer, Ilse Crawford.
Ilse Crawford, the prominent, celebrated and successful British designer, can sometimes appear stern and somewhat unapproachable in pictures. Yet having had the privilege to meet her at a launch party for her Georg…
A focus on the work of Danish design legend, Hans J. Wegner.
Hans Jørgensen Wegner – Hans J. Wegner – the celebrated Danish designer, was a master when it came to designing chairs. Incredibly, he designed more than 500 chairs during the course of his…
A focus on the work of the eminent German industrial designer, Dieter Rams.
“To use design to impress, to polish things up, to make them chic, is no design at all. This is packaging.” These words were spoken by the acclaimed industrial designer, Dieter Rams, during…
A focus on the work of Danish master craftsman, Poul Kjærholm.
The word ‘genius’ is often overused, particularly to describe inane concepts, acts or people. As such, its true meaning can be diluted. More than just intellect, someone’s genius can be used to describe…
The changing fortunes of a small island named Fogo.
To be on an island, at the mercy of nature’s elements, its power and beauty, is often an experience that nurtures the soul. Walking on a deserted beach, hair tussled by the cold…