Category Archives: Design in the World

Design as found in the everyday world.

Black And White: The Hyundai Pavilion By Asif Khan

One of the most dramatic cultural offerings at this year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea is a pavilion commissioned by Hyundai and designed by the English architect Asif Khan. The structure is 10 meters (33 ft.) high and 35 meters … Continue reading

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Golden Thrones

At the start of every week I begin to investigate a topic for my Thursday post. Usually I’m at a loss for an idea and just as I’m ready to panic one emerges. On Monday, after several hours searching online … Continue reading

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IKEA Update

Yesterday on a walk with a friend she told me about a recent purchase of a new lamp. She was less than pleased and thus began a discussion of what went wrong. She’d purchased the reading light from a retail … Continue reading

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The Design of Movies

Everybody loves movies. They entertain us. They transport us in our imaginations to exotic and adventurous places and times. And nearly everyone has a particular movie or two that will always be associated with some life-defining experience. Commercial movies shown … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Light Festival

Here in the northern hemisphere it’s Winter with cold temperatures and long nights. This is a perfect time for a festival celebrating art and light, and that’s exactly what the city of Amsterdam hosts every year from the end of … Continue reading

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The Art of Carving Food

As we get close to the end of another year it’s time for entertaining friends and preparing festive meals. In that spirit, let’s discuss the art of carving fruits and vegetables…because you know this blog looks at design wherever we … Continue reading

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Colorful Links

At this time of week I’m usually searching for a new topic for this blog. Sometimes ideas appear magically, other times it’s a lot more work. This week an idea was dropped into my lap. In my mailbox I found … Continue reading

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Pigments and Dyes: Where Do Colors Come From?

Our contemporary world is dominated by digital images on movie screens, computer monitors, smart phones and tablets. The millions of colors we see there are nearly all the result of electronic magic. Surrounded by all these new ephemeral images it … Continue reading

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An Ocean of Books

All photos by Ossip van Duivenbode I’m a lover of books. My house contains shelf after shelf of books, some I’ve read, some I may read soon, and some I’ll probably never read but their title reminds me of something … Continue reading

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Barack and Michelle Obama, Two Portraits

In the spring of 2015 we presented two posts about the art of portraiture, Portraits in the Age of Selfies and I’m Not Whom I Seem: Fictitious Portraits. I was thinking about these posts when I read that the Smithsonian’s … Continue reading

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