Florence Knoll’s 100th Birthday

Celebrating the American icon and her designs

Today marks Michigan-born design and furniture icon Florence Knoll‘s 100th birthday. While no longer designing, she carries an incredibly important place in American design history—thanks to her thoughtful creations that were functional but sleek and stylish. Her many designs—from tables and desks to chairs, sofas, benches and stools—are timeless; reflecting her architectural training and overall sense of style. We had a quick chat with Knoll‘s …

Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies

A humanist look at living in Mies van der Rohe and Detroit's Lafayette Park

Amongst the expanses of desperate homes and floundering businesses the media has repeatedly brought to light, a lone two towers and low lying complex of townhouses stands in downtown Detroit. Lafayette Park, as it’s called, comprises the largest collection of buildings designed by legendary minimalist Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the world. Not unknown by any means, the unique modernist environment has been the …