Design Culture

Breaking: Crystals are Cool Again

For more than 30 years, crystals have been decidedly uncool. They were the realm of ex-hippies and new-age types living in upstate New York or in tiny college towns, of Goth kid... more

Rusty Love: Anish Kapoor’s Guggenheim Installation, and the Many Other Spectacular Uses of Cor-Ten Steel

JILL SINGER—On Tuesday, a new installation by Anish Kapoor—the London-based, Mumbai-born, Turner Prize–winning artist best known in this country as author of the mirrored bean t... more

Ergonomic Depression: It’s Time to Take Back the Toothbrush

It was kettles that put Alice Rawsthorn over the edge. In last week’s Sunday IHT column, the design critic groused about trying to find a nicely made kettle to replace her... more

Cage Match: Barber Osgerby vs. Diesel

Few good things happen inside cages—Mexican wrestling being one possible exception. This is why it’s surprising that the typically ominous enclosures are something of a de... more

Javier Mariscal: The Spanish Woody Allen

Last fall, during our trip to the Habitat furniture fair in Valencia, Spain, Jill and I had the honor of having tea with the Valencia-born graphic designer Javier Mariscal—for... more

An Old-Fashioned Debut for Modern Mag

It was announced last week that Glenn O’Brien—editorial director and CEO of Interview magazine as well as head honcho at Brant Publications’ Art in America and The Magazine Anti... more

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