textiles

Two Matters of Importance


Two articles in the May issue of Dwell magazine have special resonance for Cooper-Hewitt’s followers. The first, “Printed Matter” by Aaron Britt, concerns the life and work of the Swiss-born graphic designer Herbert Matter; the second, “20th-Century Fox” by Leslie Williamson, discusses the collaboration of Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard, and Dan Kiley on the seminal J. Irwin Miller house in Columbus, IN.
Herbert Matter, graphic designer, collaboration, Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard, textiles, Dan Kiley, Miller house, Dwell

Tangible Tuesdays: Felted Signal Processing


Brooklyn-based design duo Felted Signal Processing creates plush, alien-looking synths and sensors that make noise on contact. Sisters Lara and Sarah Grant combine their skills in art, fashion and engineering to perform their outlandish experiments in “electronic textiles.”
Felted Signal Processing, felt, Brooklyn, electronic, textiles, Lara Grant, Sarah Grant, sisters, synths, sensors, Interaction Design

Made by Hand: Alabama Chanin


The evening of May 19th capped off a three-day residency at the Cooper-Hewitt for Natalie Chanin, founder and designer of the design studio Alabama Chanin. Chanin, one of the founders of the burgeoning “slow fashion” movement, followed up her two-day Design Directions workshop for teenagers with an hour-long public lecture and book signing. 
Natalie Chanin, Alabama Chanin, design studio, slow fashion, fashion design, Design directions, workshops, Teens, book signing, manufacturing, processes, North Carolina, environmental design, industrial, textiles, Bauhaus, India, t-shirt, tee shirt, sourcing, Alabama, quilting, tradition, Department of Labor, investigation, business model, cottage industry, quality standards, handmade, Alabama Studio Style, Alabama Stitch, book, open source, open-source, DIY, patterns, sustainable, ecological, cotton, organic, waste, south, Tennessee, Mississippi, rural, Preservation, sewing, knit, dye, thread, zero waste, women

Chicago


Recently in Chicago for NeoCon and the the unveiling of the Architecture & Design Galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago. Enjoyed showroom after showroom, despite the dizzying effect of the Merchandise Mart!
Chicago, NeoCon, 2010, Art Institute of Chicago, architecture and design, galleries, new, Merchandise Mart, Antenna Workspace, Masamichi Udagawa, Sigi Moeslinger, Renzo Piano, Maharam, textiles, Cindy Allen, Yves Béhar, Bruce Mau, Hanns-Peter Cohn, Gregg Buchbinder, Susan Szenasy, Gio Ponti, Polly Apfelbaum, Bourollec brothers, Konstantin Grcic, Patrick Jouin, Marcel Wanders, Joseph Rosa, Zoë Ryan, Alison Fisher

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