Stand Alone Mirrors at NYC Design Week

Five designers free the mirror from its wall-mounted constraints

The idea of round hanging mirrors with thick leather straps may have blossomed with modernist designer Jacques Adnet’s “Circulaire” mirror—the result of a partnership with Hermés in the 1950s—but over the past two years we’ve seen it bloom even further, becoming both a design fair favorite and coveted home furnishing. What’s the next logical step for forward-thinking designers? Taking the mirror off the wall altogether, …

Copper Shines at NYC Design Week

Six designers call upon copper as the material of choice for a range of industrial designs

The use of copper in functional industrial design has been on the rise for some time now, especially since seeing it all over London Design Festival last September. We spotted six new products during this year’s NYC Design Week that prove even more designers are embracing the multifaceted, mutable material and making use of its exceptional range—from a shiny, jewelry-like polish to a beautifully weathered, …

David Byrne: How Music Works

David Byrne's epic reflection on his art form

David Byrne has added yet another accomplishment to a CV that includes musician, former Talking Heads frontman, creator of the record label Luaka Bop, photographer, artist, film director and author, with his new follow-up book to “Bicycle Diaries” (2010), “How Music Works,” available today. The two-pound, 344-page work is in part a historical exploration of music’s origins, part intellectual analysis of the evolution of music, …