Design Wire

Design Wire November/December 2021

After receiving a green light from the Portland Planning Board back in August, the redevelopment of NORTHERN LIGHT MERCY HOSPITAL’s State Street campus is under way. The hospital aims to be out of the space in December, when the partnering … Continue reading

Design Wire October 2021

Straight out of the Mad Men era, legendary American furniture and industrial designer PAUL MCCOBB’s most popular pieces, including case goods, seating, and lighting, have been put back into production for the first time in 50 years. Sold exclusively at … Continue reading

Design Wire September 2021

The UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE recently received one of its largest donations ever, a cash gift of $5 million to go toward the construction of a visual arts and music center on its Portland campus. Gifted by the CREWE FOUNDATION, … Continue reading

Design Wire August 2021

  In honor of the 160th year of MORRIS AND COMPANY, the British furnishings and decorative arts manufacturer founded by the artist, poet, and designer William Morris, a new wallpaper panel has been released alongside a compilation of hand-selected favorite … Continue reading

Design Wire July 2021

Winner of Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Award in the Home category, the BEARABY TREE NAPPER is a weighted blanket filled with Tencel fabric weights, as opposed to unsustainable plastic ones. The blankets weigh between 15 and 25 pounds, … Continue reading

Design Wire June 2021

This summer, Westbrook’s MAST LANDING BREWING COMPANY, whose brightly labeled silver cans are filled with tasty, award-winning beer, will expand to a new 11,000-square-foot space at WS Development’s FREEPORT CROSSING. The new location will cover two floors and will include … Continue reading

Design Wire May 2021

ELLIOTT ARCHITECTS, an architectural firm based in Blue Hill, recently received special mention in ARCHITIZER’S A+ AWARDS for their work in private residential architecture. Elliott achieves a balance of tradition and modernity in their designs, many of which are based … Continue reading

Design Wire March/April 2021

Twin brothers Nick and Steve Tidball of the futuristic clothing brand VOLLEBAK have created a solar-powered, glow-in-the-dark winter coat. The SOLAR CHARGED PUFFER ($1,295) contains an ultra-thin polyurethane membrane that, like a plant, rapidly absorbs any light it comes into … Continue reading

Design Wire January 2021

Los Angeles–based design studio ZIMARTY has created an architectural face mask that meets CDC guidelines called the ZMASK. The design was inspired by origami, and the designers studied paper folding techniques to find the right geometry. A 3D-folded structure rests … Continue reading

Design Wire December 2020

ADIDAS and design studio KRAM/WEISSHAAR have created a robotically woven shoe upper, called STRUNG, that is made to the exact specification of the wearer’s foot, including factors like what the individual’s foot shape and stride is like. “With bespoke software … Continue reading