Tania da Cruz

Nature, irony and poetry in a budding designer's Milan showings

A poetic mix of function and decoration, Tania da Cruz’ objects highlight the hidden aspects of daily life. This is how her newest creations, recently presented at the 50th annual Salone del Mobile, come to life. Born in Lisbon, da Cruz spent her childhood in Brussels before beginning her design training and education at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. But it …

Thomas Phifer and Partners

Modernism grounded by the natural world in this architect's first monograph

The beautifully simple design of architects Thomas Phifer and Partners’ first monograph (even lacking page numbers) almost rivals the buildings themselves. Rather than rely on text and sketches, high-res photographs and renderings show in vivid detail what makes the firm’s stunningly minimalist ideas and emphasis on eco-friendly construction so renowned. Central to their design process is the use of technology to connect inhabitants to the …

A Testimony of Serpent Handling

Photographer Hunter Barnes' intimate images of an obscure American religion

In an era of digitally-manipulated images, Oregon-based photographer Hunter Barnes is one of a strong contingent who continue to create powerful pictures through a documentary approach. Intent on revealing unseen lifestyles, Barnes immerses himself within a community—past subjects have included ranchers, bikers and Native Americans—building trust with its members to intimately depict the reality of misunderstood subcultures. For his latest project, “A Testimony of Serpent …