In the office
As more and more retail brands and architects began to think outside the box when it came to the modern office and the way people work, office furnishings and workplaces became much more attractive. Most of us spend a good portion of our time at work, so making it more comfortable, functional and practical has changed the productivity and satisfaction of employees significantly. Every year the possibilities improve, whether it is real office space or contract furniture, and we like to document this every week in our column At The Office. In the past year and a half, we’ve even thrown a lot through home offices, as the pandemic has made them our only place to work.
Circular by design
Our long-time employee Katie Treggiden started our Circular by Design column in 2020 and focused on the potential of waste as a valuable new raw material. The circular economy is a proposed alternative to our traditional “take, make, waste” model of production and consumption – one that offers hope in the face of environmental disasters from climate change to marine plastic. Designing waste, retaining materials and products, and regenerating our natural surroundings are so important to contemporary design that we felt we needed to create a dedicated space for the designers and their projects that brought these ideas to life awaken.
Introduced in 2009, the Deconstruction column shows a designer or brand who shares with us the making of a product / prototype through a series of process photos and descriptions – essentially they show everyone a breakdown of how a product was created – typically from the first sketch to finished Product. They provide a rare glimpse into the blood, sweat, and tears that go into bringing a design to market, and hopefully lead to consumers appreciating good, original design.
This column was published in 2010 as a free, downloadable wallpaper for your various tech devices. Every month we invite an artist or designer to create a new design with a quote that inspires them. From minimalistic and monochromatic to bright, bold and psychedelic, there is something for everyone and around 145 of them for those who can still enjoy it. Some people download the latest version when a new month comes, while others stick with a favorite design for a little longer – the choice is ultimately yours, but whatever you choose, it makes it 10x more enjoyable to have one screen all day !
Another column launched in 2010 is the Destination Design column – one where we feature dreamy locations and powerless accommodations that make you instantly grab your passport and hop on a plane. We’ve featured everything from remote to popular travel destinations, from designs that range from minimal to kaleidoscopic colors, and everything in between. Inevitably, great vacation envy develops, but hopefully it becomes an inspiration for future trips. While we paused the column during the pandemic, we’re bringing it back in the hopes that travel will get back to normal soon!
Every Friday since July 2009 we have introduced a designer, architect, artist, musician, creator, etc. to share five things of their choice. Their choices can be anything from a random mix to a specific theme, from favorite pieces to inspiring people, things they cannot live without, to places they have visited – any answer is acceptable. It gives us all, on the other hand, a glimpse into each creative’s unique brain that we wouldn’t otherwise have!
This weekly column started in Fall 2009 to focus on everything to do with outdoor design, from new patio furniture to grills and planters to gardening and birdhouses, basically anything that adds value to your outdoor spaces. The designs get us through the cold winters by dreaming of warmer weather and garden barbecues, and during the summer months we are inspired to enjoy the outdoors and the spaces we have created to extend our homes. There is something about fresh air, sun and greenery that makes us want to improve our outdoor spaces again and again!
In 2010 we hired Leo Lei to share his passion for minimalism. Every week he delivers objects, furniture and rooms with reduced designs without superfluous details that even maximalists will love. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to shrink your space or appreciate the clean lines and silhouettes of a new chair, Skim Milk is for you!
We added the Taste column in 2012 after working with TJ Girard and Bob Spiegel at Pinch Food Design in New York City. Not only do these culinary veterans get a grip on the part of the meal, but they add a layer as a design element to everything they do and their passion for it really comes through. Every month this dynamic duo delivers everything culinary, from delicious recipes to food-related art to new eating habits, everything at the interface of food + design.
Another addition to our editorial calendar for 2012 was the Unframed column, in which resident art expert David Behringer presents the newest and most fascinating art exhibitions in New York City. He is able to discover and share exhibits that most of us would never hear about, let alone visit while they are running. He takes us to see some of the most exciting contemporary art NYC has to offer up close and personal, and to give people from all over the world a chance to see works they might otherwise never see.
Where I work
After all, we started the “Where I work” column a little over nine years ago and every month since we introduced an architect, artist or designer and their workplace. Through a Q&A we get to know each participant and their way of working and get an insight into their work area, the tools / equipment they use, to the contents of their desk and inspiration board. After all these years, we still find it fascinating to see the creatives at work and the space that so many incredible designs have emerged from.