The German product company, Rimowa…

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…is expanding.  It’s not uncommon for heads to turn, perhaps out of admiration, perhaps put of envy, when one of their luggage pieces is seen on the jet way.  And now, their characteristic grooves and tight construction are available for Apple’s tablet line.  To continue reading the Product Design page, click here.

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If the goal of a memorial is to allow us to pause and reflect…

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…then architect Peter Eisenmann’s and engineer Buro Happold’s 2005 work, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, i.e., Holocaust-Mahnmal, will leave you awed, stunned and perhaps even devastated.  Made of more than 2,700 stone monoliths of various heights, and taking up an entire city block, the sheer size and scope of it is almost to take in.  As you walk throughout the paths between the stones, an intentionally disorienting experience, you will be struck by the uneasy silence of the area–despite being located in downtown Berlin between the Brandenburg Gate and Pottsdamer Platz.

The effect it has upon you is similar to that you experience at Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, DC–unsettling and yet hopeful in the conviction we cannot allow these events in human history to be repeated.  To continue reading the Architecture page, click here.

Fabien Baron…

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…is not a household name but he is, without question, one of the most creative directors of our time.  Formerly the editorial director of Interview magazine, he is almost single-handedly responsible for the look and feel–the branding, if you will–of Burberry, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Prada, to name just a few. Just one of his many accomplishments was the launch of the best-selling fragrance in the world, cK One, along with Armani’s Acqua di Gio.  He is one of those rare individuals whose keen insight and brilliance in fashion, graphic design and photography combine to launch, or sometime re-launch, companies, products and ideas in our collective consciousness.  To appreciate his talent, follow his work on Instagram and see the world you know, or thought you knew, in ways you’ve never experienced.

If all goes as planned, San Francisco’s skyline…

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…will undergo a massive transformation in the next few years, the most obvious of which will be a new glass tower, the city’s tallest, replacing the iconic pyramid-topped TransAmerican building in that statistic.  That new tower, sensuously designed, is just one of the many features of world-renowned architect Cesar Clarke Pelli’s new Transbay Transit Center, a block-long urban project featuring a new transit hub for bus and rail lines, an amphitheater, cycle paths and a rooftop park with plenty of green space in the heart of downtown San Francisco.  To continue reading the Architecture page, click here.

Barcelona…

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…for many years was unjustifiably perceived as the impetuous little sister to the older and wiser Madrid.  That changed, virtually overnight in fact, with the 1992 Olympic Summer Games which helped propel Spain’s capital of Catalonia into the ranks of the world’s greatest cities.  Its growth and cosmopolitan persona have rapidly continued since then.

Nothing can announce a city’s arrival on the global stage faster or with more aplomb than a world-class building from a world-class architect.  Barcelona took a tremendous risk but ultimately hit a home run with Jean Nouvel.  The Pritzker Prize-winning, French architect created a beautiful gem of a building when he designed Torre Agbar for the city.  Located in the tech neighborhood between Avinguda Diagonal and Carrer Badajoz, the tower’s concrete-and-glass exterior resembles ripples of water.  At night, an LED design illuminates the structure with myriad, subtle displays.  It’s a building whose entirely modern design might seem completely out-of-place in such a city as old and historic as Barcelona.  Nothing, however, can be further from the truth as Torre Agbar gives Barcelona a modern skyline while simultaneously paying homage to the city’s favorite if not controversial son, Antoni Gaudi.  To continue reading the Architecture page, click here.