Lug Von Siga 2013 F/W Collection

Designer Gül Agiş addresses controversial social issues with traditional Turkish symbols and striking imagery

After eight years in advertising, Turkish designer Gül Agiş switched gears and returned to school, studying fashion first in Istanbul and then in Milan, where she received a masters degree from the revered Politecnico di Milano. Her talents caught the eye of C’N’C Costume National, and she worked there for several years before returning home to set up her own line, Lug Von Siga. Agiş …

Bauer Pottery Company

Resurrecting Depression-era designs in California

Southern California’s Bauer Pottery Company first made a name for itself in 1932, when the company released California Color pottery after the Great Depression. Before its sunny introduction, ceramics came in white, cream or brown—Bauer was the first to liven up kitchenware with brighter options, at a time when the people most needed the boost in their homes. Today, Bauer is run by president Janek …

Modern in the Past Tense

The New York School of Interior Design recreates the seminal show "What Modern Was" in a new exhibit and discussion

When the traveling exhibition “Design 1935-1965: What Modern Was” opened in 1991, the accompanying 424-page catalog startled the industry with its declaration that the Modern period was over, and should, from that point, be spoken about in the past tense. Subsequently revered as the bible for mid-century decorative arts, the heavy tome’s distinct perspective came from four years of scholarly research of the thirty-year period, …