Furniture Studio thehighkey Humanizes Post-Industrial Design

Among other things, this Brooklyn-based practice crafts skatepark-inspired conversation pits

John Vieweg, founder of Brooklyn-based creative practice thehighkey, likens the American landscape to an infinite highway. “Most of American land is actually the space between two locations as opposed to the locations themselves which is really interesting,” he tells us. “This physical backend that underpins all of our material, all our construction, all of our labor, all of our shipping—I think this is a space …

Poltrona Frau Celebrates 110 Years With Felipe Pantone Collaboration

Visiting the Italian factory where these bold anniversary pieces are made

In 1912, Sardinian-born Renzo Frau founded Poltrona Frau, one of the most respected and well-known companies in Italian design and manufacturing. Named for its founder and the Italian word for chair, the Turin-born brand has built a strong reputation throughout the world, especially for its 21-step leather-tanning process. To celebrate the brand’s 110th anniversary, Argentinian-Spanish artist Felipe Pantone—whose work leverages a decidedly digital aesthetic, seemingly …

The Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity Inspires Future Generations to Design a Better World

The new non-profit applies the lessons of Ray and Charles Eames to the challenges of today

In the 1960s, Ray and Charles Eames undertook a project for the National Aquarium for which they installed 20 saltwater tanks in their office. The plan exemplified the iconic duo’s brilliant thought processes and went on to inspire the designers to approach their work more sustainably, according to Llisa Demetrios, Chief Curator of the Eames Institute and granddaughter of Ray and Charles Eames. On one hand, the …