Category Archives: Design

Constructed Objects

Symposium at Yale Looks at Everyday Things Through Architectural Prism Yale University Office of Public Affairs

“Constructed Objects: Design by Architects in the 20th Century,” a symposium taking place November 12–13 at Yale School of Architecture, will explore ways in which architecture and design infuse and inform the everyday objects we use.


Smilow Cancer Hospital’s design met criticism

Smilow Cancer Hospital’s design met criticism Amir Sharif Yale Daily News October 22, 2009

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Smilow Cancer Hospital Wednesday, nothing about the festive atmosphere and teary-eyed attendants suggested the controversial design process of the building — a process that involved extensive negotiations between hospital administrators, the building’s architects and city officials.



Photo from Bonluxat

Bird Cox of Brick Weekly describes Eero Eero Saarinen’s “womb chair:”

“a wide, inviting red embrace of a chair featuring his singularly fluid folds and curves and a neat padded footrest. Before making it, he spent countless hours making notes and sketches of his observations on how people sit—how we actually sit, not how we’re supposed to for the sake of our spines. As a result, the womb chair even accommodates those of us who like to swing our legs over the arms and slouch like ragdolls; it was designed to “facilitate a relaxed sitting posture and a sublime feeling of security.”

See It |  Superfunction 12.1.08

(See Saarinen womb chairs at the Yale Arts Library!)

Posted by: Tanya

Yale Architecture Students in the NY Times

“TYLER VELTEN, a second-year architecture student at Yale who lives with his wife, Elizabeth, 26, in a small apartment in New Haven, came up with his inventive ideas about lighting out of necessity: Playing around with lights, he explains, is a much easier way of changing the look of a place than painting the walls, and far cheaper than furniture.”

SHOPPING WITH : DAVID SERRANO | Lighting Changes Everything New York Times JOYCE WADLER October 1, 2008

“LAUREN CHAPMAN, 24, is a first-year graduate student at the Yale University school of architecture. Graduate school does not allow time for holding a job, she says, but her taste for expensive things seems to increase daily.

“Her design solutions, though, are inexpensive and witty.”

SHOPPING WITH : DAVID SERRANO | A Glue Gun and a Dream JOYCE WADLER New York Times 10.1.08

“Tyler Velten, a student at the Yale School of Architecture, transformed his $35 Billy bookcases from Ikea into artful cabinets with the addition of plywood doors he made and a few $3 hinges.”

Thinking Like a Student JOYCE WADLER October 1, 2008 New York Times

Posted by: Tanya

Jonas Sampson’s light-emitting wallpaper

Light-emitting wallpaper set to wow Audley Jarvis TechRadar 4/14/08

An enterprising young designer from the Netherlands has invented what has to be the ultimate in home illumination – light emitting wallpaper.

“The back layer is a silver-based solution that conducts electricity, while the layer above this contains phosphorous pigments that light up. On top of this is a flexible, transparent ITO conductor layer, with regular wallpaper placed on top to act as the final, outwardly visual layer,” he explained.

The result, when it’s switched on, is a visually stunning wall-of-light that can be turned off and on, just like a regular light.

Visit the artists website here.

Posted by Chris

Robert Rauschenberg is dead at 82

Image: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Robert Rauschenberg, Titan of American Art, Is Dead at 82 Michael Kimmelman NYT 5/14/08

Kanye West’s latest architectural picks

Above: Five Franklin Place, New York

Check out more new architecture and design at Kanye West’s Blog.

Posted by Chris