David Adjaye’s First New York Skyscraper: 130 William

Every once in a while NYC gets a skyline addition that contributes to the city in almost untold ways. 130 William is just that. Architect David Adjaye’s in-development masterwork happens to be his first skyscraper ever, and it stretches up 800 feet, comprising 66 stories and 244 residences. Rather than use glass and steel, Adjaye employs custom, hand-cast stonework on the facade, both unexpected and …

The Future of Design is Africa

The future of design may rest in the hands of Africa’s burgeoning artists and architects, according to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The contemporary design museum’s newest exhibition, “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design,” shows off the continent’s innovative thinkers who are helping to reimagine our world. “Africa [is] a hub of experimentation, generating new approaches and solutions of worldwide relevance, and [is] a driving …

African-Inspired Textiles by David Adjaye

Tanzanian-born architect David Adjaye has created a line of African-inspired textiles for furniture manufacturer Knoll, which aims to “dispel stereotypical images of the continent.” The range of upholstery, drapery and wall coverings—set to launch in September—prominently features patterns based off of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent collection of African textiles. Adjaye designed the collection to coincide with the museum’s own exhibition of African …