Monthly Archives: January 2009

Building Rocco

Its just funny to spend a week reading about Rocco revival in America and its technological importance in furniture design. Its the style that demanded paper maiche fruit and bent veneer rosewood chair backs. And here in the 21th century we struggle with the same formal language. This is Jasper Van Grootel’s Voltarie chair made…

an end to stuff….

As I have been blissfully reading away about 19th century design, the 21st century design world is really struggling. The New York Times reported yesterday that Domino, Oprah Home and Country Living have all folded. From my point of view as a design professor its great – I found students far too dependent of the…

Building Calm

After studying the home of Fredric Church I got thinking about artist’s houses. In my musings about them, I realized that there is always an attempt to redefine working while bringing up a family. Church reworked the parlors to more casual spaces and Donald Judd reworked his buildings to accommodate working, his family and viewing…