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Milan Design Week 2017: Best in Glass

Just over a century ago, Paul Scheerbart noted that “the new glass environment will completely transform mankind, and it remains only to wish that the new glass culture will not find too many opponents.” Captivated by Bruno Taut’s 1914 glass pavilion, the writer painted a utopian picture of a crystalline future, equally panoramic and kaleidoscopic, all thanks to the transparent building material. Suffice it to say that he would have been chagrined to learn that visitors to, say, Massimiliano Fuksas’ formidable Fieramilano spend more time in its hangar-like exhibition halls than they do admiring its soaring glass canopy (ditto I.M. Pei’s ziggurat-like Javits Center).

Architectural applications aside, “glass culture” continues to thrive at the scale of product design and craft. From a breakthrough in 3D-printed glass to a collection of pieces from weekend workshop in Portugal, here are a few noteworthy new glass projects from Milan this year.

The Mediated Matter Group – “Ancient Yet Modern”

Led by Neri Oxman, this research group at MIT’s Media Lab first published its findings in optically transparent 3D-printed glass back in 2015. Now, with G3DP2, the whiz-kids have scaled the technology up, from product scale to that of architecture. To show off their latest efforts, the Mediated Matter Group installed “Ancient Yet Modern,” a series of three freestanding columns embedded with synapse-light pulsing lights, at the Triennale di Milano.

Project Team: Chikara Inamura (project lead), Michael Stern, Daniel Lizardo, Tal Achituv, Tomer Weller, Owen Trueblood, Nassia Inglessis, Giorgia Franchin, Kelly Donovan, Peter Houk (project adviser), Prof. Neri Oxman (project and group director).

Project Associates: Andrea Magdanz, Susan Shapiro, David J. Benyosef, Mary Ann Babula, Forrest Whitcher, Robert Philips, Neils La White, Paula Aguilera, Jonathan Williams, Andy Ryan, Jeremy Flower.

Off Portugal presents Glass Cares

On the other end of the proverbial spectrum, OFF Portugal took the time-honored tack of gathering designers for a weekend workshop — in this case, glass-blowing in Marinha Grande. Two days in the making as opposed to two years, the resulting ten pieces offer a nice capsule collection of Portuguese design today as young designers look to move beyond the nation’s ready association with cork. The glass workshop 

The glass workshop and exhibition in Ventura Lambrate marks the debut of OFF Portugal, a joint effort between Vicara, Arquivo 237, and Cencal; future initiatives will explore other craft and manufacturing techniques.

Participating designers: Diana Medina, Eneida Lombe Tavares, Luis Nascimento, studio ojoaoeamaria, Jorge Carreira, Paulo Sellmayer, Samuel Reis, Vitor Agostinho, Manuel Amaral Netto, and Joana Silva

Salviati presents Decode/Recode

Speaking of long traditions, Venice-based Salviati is among the world’s oldest glass factories, dating back to 1859. For this year’s Milan design week, the Murano specialists presented a pair of installations at the newly minted Ventura Centrale district, a series of cavernous makeshift galleries underneath the train tracks. For Decode/Recode, Salviati invited Luca Nichetto and Ben Gorham to create modular works of glass, “Pyrae” and “Strata.”

Having long collaborated with his fellow Venetians — Salviati produced his first piece — Nichetto developed 25 modules that are combined in different configurations to create the 53 totem-pole-like figures, each illuminated from within. Meanwhile, Gorham, a perfumer by profession, opted for luminous towers to showcase glass tiles in various textures and finishes.

Spektacularis at Matter and Muse

An entirely unexpected joint effort between Filipino industrial designers and Czech master glassblowers, Spektacularis was one of three exhibitors in Matter and Muse, which occupied a modest gallery at the Palazzo Litta. The mutual unfamiliarity yielded expected results, hybrid objets d’art that incorporate elements of both cultures.

Participating designers: Stanley Ruiz, Liliana Manahan, Gabriel Lichauco, Jiri Panicek

“Prism” collection by Tomás Alonso

Atelier Swarovski Home at Palazzo Crespi

The Austrian crystal producer unveiled its latest home decor collections, developed by designers such as 2016 Swarovski Designer of the Future winners Studio Brynjar & Veronika and Tomás Alonso, who extended his collection. Scintillating though the wares may be, the gilded setting stole the show.

“Prism” collection by Tomás Alonso
“Prism” collection by Tomás Alonso
“Currents” collection by Studio Brynjar & Veronika

Other new Swarovski Home collections (not pictured) were designed by Aldo Bakker, Barbara Barry, Andre Kikoski, and Greg Lynn.

Roll & Hill launched Ladies & Gentlemen Studio‘s new “Kazimir” chandelier at Euroluce. Art/design history buffs can probably guess which Suprematist painter inspired the Brooklyn-based duo.

Also noteworthy

Naturally, this is just a selection of works in glass from design week in Milan; here are a few others that also caught our eye at the Salone and beyond. 

The New York-based lighting company also debuted the “Coax” collection by John Hogan
Meanwhile, at SaloneSatellite, Berlin’s Mendelheit Design Lab showed a mix of products, including several glass pieces. Created in a mold made from up to 128 different blocks, the “Tombola” generative vase can take countless forms.
Germans Ermics exhibited three ombre pieces at Rossana Orlandi; the chair, in particular, is an homage to Shiro Kuramata (forgive the awkward photo and check out more on his website)


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Autoblog Editors Choice: Best of the 2017 New York Auto Show

We select the five best reveals of the 2017 New York Auto Show, with vehicles from Honda, Lincoln, Jeep, Toyota, and Dodge.

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Autoblog Editors Choice: Best of the 2017 New York Auto Show

We select the five best reveals of the 2017 New York Auto Show, with vehicles from Honda, Lincoln, Jeep, Toyota, and Dodge.

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The Best Photographs Taken With ‘Krappy Kameras’ In 2017


Photograph © Kim Kew Shaw (1st Place, 2017 Krappy Kamera Competition), Holga

The main condition one needs to fulfil to participate in the competition is using inexpensive cameras such as Holga, Diana, or Ansco or cheap lenses. Several days ago, Soho Photo Gallery in NYC closed the exhibition of the winning works of the annual Krappy Kamera contest. According to the organizers, their task is to show that using expensive equipment is not the main element in taking valuable and talented photographs.

More info: Soho Photo (h/t: birdinflight)


Photograph © Eddie Wexler (2nd Place; 2017 Krappy Kamera Competiton) Diana


Photograph © DeAnna Foran (3rd Place; 2017 Krappy Kamera Competiton) Diana


Photograph © John Armstrong (HM; 2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Holga


Photograph © Darlene DeVita (HM; 2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Lensbaby on Canon


Photograph © Ian MacLellan (HM; 2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Pinhole


Photograph © Jonas Yip (2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Holga


Photograph © Julie Mihaly (2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Diana


Photograph © Armen Dolukhanyan (HM; 2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Pinhole


Photograph © Gregory Russo (2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Holga


Photograph © Kate Oiseau (2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Holga


Photograph © Jennifer Rinchey (2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Holga


Photograph © Anna Soper(2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Holga


Photograph © Jacqueline Walters (2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Holga


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The Best Photographs Taken With ‘Krappy Kameras’ In 2017


Photograph © Kim Kew Shaw (1st Place, 2017 Krappy Kamera Competition), Holga

The main condition one needs to fulfil to participate in the competition is using inexpensive cameras such as Holga, Diana, or Ansco or cheap lenses. Several days ago, Soho Photo Gallery in NYC closed the exhibition of the winning works of the annual Krappy Kamera contest. According to the organizers, their task is to show that using expensive equipment is not the main element in taking valuable and talented photographs.

More info: Soho Photo (h/t: birdinflight)


Photograph © Eddie Wexler (2nd Place; 2017 Krappy Kamera Competiton) Diana


Photograph © DeAnna Foran (3rd Place; 2017 Krappy Kamera Competiton) Diana


Photograph © John Armstrong (HM; 2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Holga


Photograph © Darlene DeVita (HM; 2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Lensbaby on Canon


Photograph © Ian MacLellan (HM; 2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Pinhole


Photograph © Jonas Yip (2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Holga


Photograph © Julie Mihaly (2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Diana


Photograph © Armen Dolukhanyan (HM; 2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Pinhole


Photograph © Gregory Russo (2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Holga


Photograph © Kate Oiseau (2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Holga


Photograph © Jennifer Rinchey (2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Holga


Photograph © Anna Soper(2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Holga


Photograph © Jacqueline Walters (2017 Krappy Kamera Competition) Holga


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2016’s Best of Hand Tools

There is nothing quite so satisfying as manipulating materials using hand tools. There’s a level of connection with the work, and human finesse, that you just can’t get using things that plug into the wall.

There’s been a bit of a handplane craze in recent years, and a handful of artisans are beautifying them with intricate engravings.

In “Built to Last: Reviewing a 40-Year-Old Tool,” we heard one of the best hand tool stories we’d ever heard, courtesy of David Waelder.

This year we got a reminder that splines used to be physical objects. Yep, this is how you drew large curves back in the day.

Just what the heck is this thing? Tool correspondent David Frane came across this cast-iron bamboo-splitting tool from Japan. Click the link to see how it works.

We spotted this crazy-looking Chinese foot-powered lathe with a centuries-old design. This is another one where you’ve got to click the linke and check out the video. It’s like a cross between a lathe and an elliptical machine!

Another forgotten tool was this 18th-Century French furniture-polishing object, resurrected by furniture maker Don Williams. Now that you can buy them again, the polissoirs have proven popular.

This year we saw a rash of unique hammer designs, from old-school Latthammers to Fiskars’ modern IsoCores to Estwing’s totally newfangled, multi-material deadblow AL-Pro.

Speaking of hammers, we also saw this pair of hammer-proof gloves. We think they should call them “No More Ouchies” and market them to macho contractors.

When it comes to hand tool workbenches, vises are a virtue. We took a look at Benchcrafted’s drool-worhty, top-of-the-line vise hardware.

We spotted this insanely dense antique tool storage cabinet. The darn thing was listed for $ 150,000 (including the tools) at auction.

Most of us learned to use power tools at ID school, but design schools seem to place little emphasis on hand tools these days. Some of you may have no experience with them at all. In order to fill that gap, this year we brought on two experts in their use. Joel Moskowitz of Gramercy Tools shares his weekly thoughts in his “Tools & Craft” section, while Shannon Rogers, founder of the Hand Tool School, now has a Core77 series that we’ve cleverly named “Hand Tool School.” Check ’em both out!


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2016’s Best of Hand Tools

There is nothing quite so satisfying as manipulating materials using hand tools. There’s a level of connection with the work, and human finesse, that you just can’t get using things that plug into the wall.

There’s been a bit of a handplane craze in recent years, and a handful of artisans are beautifying them with intricate engravings.

In “Built to Last: Reviewing a 40-Year-Old Tool,” we heard one of the best hand tool stories we’d ever heard, courtesy of David Waelder.

This year we got a reminder that splines used to be physical objects. Yep, this is how you drew large curves back in the day.

Just what the heck is this thing? Tool correspondent David Frane came across this cast-iron bamboo-splitting tool from Japan. Click the link to see how it works.

We spotted this crazy-looking Chinese foot-powered lathe with a centuries-old design. This is another one where you’ve got to click the linke and check out the video. It’s like a cross between a lathe and an elliptical machine!

Another forgotten tool was this 18th-Century French furniture-polishing object, resurrected by furniture maker Don Williams. Now that you can buy them again, the polissoirs have proven popular.

This year we saw a rash of unique hammer designs, from old-school Latthammers to Fiskars’ modern IsoCores to Estwing’s totally newfangled, multi-material deadblow AL-Pro.

Speaking of hammers, we also saw this pair of hammer-proof gloves. We think they should call them “No More Ouchies” and market them to macho contractors.

When it comes to hand tool workbenches, vises are a virtue. We took a look at Benchcrafted’s drool-worhty, top-of-the-line vise hardware.

We spotted this insanely dense antique tool storage cabinet. The darn thing was listed for $ 150,000 (including the tools) at auction.

Most of us learned to use power tools at ID school, but design schools seem to place little emphasis on hand tools these days. Some of you may have no experience with them at all. In order to fill that gap, this year we brought on two experts in their use. Joel Moskowitz of Gramercy Tools shares his weekly thoughts in his “Tools & Craft” section, while Shannon Rogers, founder of the Hand Tool School, now has a Core77 series that we’ve cleverly named “Hand Tool School.” Check ’em both out!


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2016’s Best of Hand Tools

There is nothing quite so satisfying as manipulating materials using hand tools. There’s a level of connection with the work, and human finesse, that you just can’t get using things that plug into the wall.

There’s been a bit of a handplane craze in recent years, and a handful of artisans are beautifying them with intricate engravings.

In “Built to Last: Reviewing a 40-Year-Old Tool,” we heard one of the best hand tool stories we’d ever heard, courtesy of David Waelder.

This year we got a reminder that splines used to be physical objects. Yep, this is how you drew large curves back in the day.

Just what the heck is this thing? Tool correspondent David Frane came across this cast-iron bamboo-splitting tool from Japan. Click the link to see how it works.

We spotted this crazy-looking Chinese foot-powered lathe with a centuries-old design. This is another one where you’ve got to click the linke and check out the video. It’s like a cross between a lathe and an elliptical machine!

Another forgotten tool was this 18th-Century French furniture-polishing object, resurrected by furniture maker Don Williams. Now that you can buy them again, the polissoirs have proven popular.

This year we saw a rash of unique hammer designs, from old-school Latthammers to Fiskars’ modern IsoCores to Estwing’s totally newfangled, multi-material deadblow AL-Pro.

Speaking of hammers, we also saw this pair of hammer-proof gloves. We think they should call them “No More Ouchies” and market them to macho contractors.

When it comes to hand tool workbenches, vises are a virtue. We took a look at Benchcrafted’s drool-worhty, top-of-the-line vise hardware.

We spotted this insanely dense antique tool storage cabinet. The darn thing was listed for $ 150,000 (including the tools) at auction.

Most of us learned to use power tools at ID school, but design schools seem to place little emphasis on hand tools these days. Some of you may have no experience with them at all. In order to fill that gap, this year we brought on two experts in their use. Joel Moskowitz of Gramercy Tools shares his weekly thoughts in his “Tools & Craft” section, while Shannon Rogers, founder of the Hand Tool School, now has a Core77 series that we’ve cleverly named “Hand Tool School.” Check ’em both out!


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2016’s Best of Hand Tools

There is nothing quite so satisfying as manipulating materials using hand tools. There’s a level of connection with the work, and human finesse, that you just can’t get using things that plug into the wall.

There’s been a bit of a handplane craze in recent years, and a handful of artisans are beautifying them with intricate engravings.

In “Built to Last: Reviewing a 40-Year-Old Tool,” we heard one of the best hand tool stories we’d ever heard, courtesy of David Waelder.

This year we got a reminder that splines used to be physical objects. Yep, this is how you drew large curves back in the day.

Just what the heck is this thing? Tool correspondent David Frane came across this cast-iron bamboo-splitting tool from Japan. Click the link to see how it works.

We spotted this crazy-looking Chinese foot-powered lathe with a centuries-old design. This is another one where you’ve got to click the linke and check out the video. It’s like a cross between a lathe and an elliptical machine!

Another forgotten tool was this 18th-Century French furniture-polishing object, resurrected by furniture maker Don Williams. Now that you can buy them again, the polissoirs have proven popular.

This year we saw a rash of unique hammer designs, from old-school Latthammers to Fiskars’ modern IsoCores to Estwing’s totally newfangled, multi-material deadblow AL-Pro.

Speaking of hammers, we also saw this pair of hammer-proof gloves. We think they should call them “No More Ouchies” and market them to macho contractors.

When it comes to hand tool workbenches, vises are a virtue. We took a look at Benchcrafted’s drool-worhty, top-of-the-line vise hardware.

We spotted this insanely dense antique tool storage cabinet. The darn thing was listed for $ 150,000 (including the tools) at auction.

Most of us learned to use power tools at ID school, but design schools seem to place little emphasis on hand tools these days. Some of you may have no experience with them at all. In order to fill that gap, this year we brought on two experts in their use. Joel Moskowitz of Gramercy Tools shares his weekly thoughts in his “Tools & Craft” section, while Shannon Rogers, founder of the Hand Tool School, now has a Core77 series that we’ve cleverly named “Hand Tool School.” Check ’em both out!


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2016’s Best of Hand Tools

There is nothing quite so satisfying as manipulating materials using hand tools. There’s a level of connection with the work, and human finesse, that you just can’t get using things that plug into the wall.

There’s been a bit of a handplane craze in recent years, and a handful of artisans are beautifying them with intricate engravings.

In “Built to Last: Reviewing a 40-Year-Old Tool,” we heard one of the best hand tool stories we’d ever heard, courtesy of David Waelder.

This year we got a reminder that splines used to be physical objects. Yep, this is how you drew large curves back in the day.

Just what the heck is this thing? Tool correspondent David Frane came across this cast-iron bamboo-splitting tool from Japan. Click the link to see how it works.

We spotted this crazy-looking Chinese foot-powered lathe with a centuries-old design. This is another one where you’ve got to click the linke and check out the video. It’s like a cross between a lathe and an elliptical machine!

Another forgotten tool was this 18th-Century French furniture-polishing object, resurrected by furniture maker Don Williams. Now that you can buy them again, the polissoirs have proven popular.

This year we saw a rash of unique hammer designs, from old-school Latthammers to Fiskars’ modern IsoCores to Estwing’s totally newfangled, multi-material deadblow AL-Pro.

Speaking of hammers, we also saw this pair of hammer-proof gloves. We think they should call them “No More Ouchies” and market them to macho contractors.

When it comes to hand tool workbenches, vises are a virtue. We took a look at Benchcrafted’s drool-worhty, top-of-the-line vise hardware.

We spotted this insanely dense antique tool storage cabinet. The darn thing was listed for $ 150,000 (including the tools) at auction.

Most of us learned to use power tools at ID school, but design schools seem to place little emphasis on hand tools these days. Some of you may have no experience with them at all. In order to fill that gap, this year we brought on two experts in their use. Joel Moskowitz of Gramercy Tools shares his weekly thoughts in his “Tools & Craft” section, while Shannon Rogers, founder of the Hand Tool School, now has a Core77 series that we’ve cleverly named “Hand Tool School.” Check ’em both out!


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