Design Lesson

The Artichoke Lamp

Have you ever walked into a store or restaurant and been completely turned off (pardon the pun) by the horrible lighting? Poul Henningsen was born in a small Danish town in 1894, growing up in a world lit gently by … Continue reading

Polaroid SX-70

  Today we use our phones to take the majority of our pictures. Presciently, the inventor of the Polaroid camera, Edwin Herbert Land (1909–1991), predicted in a 1970 short film he shot for his employees (you can find it online) … Continue reading

Robert Indiana’s Love

  I remember the first time I stumbled on my first LOVE. At the time I had already been living in New York City for a few months but for some reason had not passed the corner of 55th Street … Continue reading

Crayola Crayons

  There’s nothing like the smell of a brand-new box of crayons. When I was in elementary school one of my most memorable gifts was a 64-crayon Crayola box with a sharpener built into the back. My husband and I … Continue reading

Eames Leg Splint

Eames Leg Splint

  The Eames lounge chair is probably one of the most recognized chairs of the twentieth century, but it wouldn’t exist without the Eames leg splint. In the early 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames would spend their evenings experimenting with … Continue reading

Trapper Keeper

Trapper Keeper

Who doesn’t like getting fresh school supplies at the start of the school year? It is the silver lining to summer ending. One of the most overanalyzed items I purchased every year was my binder. My greatest binder of all time? … Continue reading

Pesce’s Up Chair

Gaetano Pesce’s work ranges from architecture, interior design, and urban planning to industrial and furniture design and art. He is known for using unexpected materials and ideas to explore difficult and often controversial contemporary themes. His most famous design is … Continue reading

Sony Walkman

Sometimes you just need to disconnect from everything. Today that usually means putting down your phone to stop scrolling through Instagram, but once upon a time it meant putting on headphones, pressing PLAY, and tuning out the world. It’s hard … Continue reading

Fiskar Orange Scissors

  They’re easy to spot, affordable, and won’t disappoint. Is there anything worse than grabbing a pair of scissors to open a box and finding the blade is too dull to cut through the tape? The Finnish company Fiskars introduced … Continue reading

The Proust Chair

It’s not considered to be the most practical chair, but it has had a serious impact on design history. In 1978 Italian designer and architect Alessandro Mendini (1931–2019) designed his Proust chair for the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara during … Continue reading