HBD, Mies Van Der Rohe

Not sure anything can top the iconic birthday cake created by the Mies van der Rohe society for their party at Crown Hall in 2011, but, hey, it’s Mies’ birthday again – so try to find God in the details…

All These Wonders

Storytelling is something of a re-discovered art these days; not sure if we can thank marketing for that, or if something else sparked its renaissance, but it’s a good thing, regardless. In All These Wonders by Catherine Burns (forward by…

Hal Chairs Get Rekt

Knockoffs of Jasper Morrison’s Hal chair inspired a recent project featuring 26 Australian designers, who utilized the knockoffs to make iterations that would inspire commentary on the nature and value (or should we say, lack thereof) of low-quality, disposable design…

This is not a (Rorschach) Test

The Rorschach test has become a common theme in art, design, and pop culture: from the cover of Jay-Z’s “Decoded” to Andy Warhol’s art, it’s taken on a life of its own. We were excited to get a copy of…

We’ve been amazingly lucky to have four immigrants from the Republic of Fritz Hansen take up residence at Civilizr HQ recently in the form of leather Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs. There’s much to say about these design icons, but here’s…

Like Moneyball, But For Restaurants

With a title like “The Underground Culinary Tour”, one might initially expect something akin to a pub crawl but for food. The subtitle of this book, however, gives away a bit more: The Underground Culinary Tour: How the New Metrics…

Postcard Animalia

What do you get if you cross a coloring book and a recipe box? How about a box of colorable postcards? The Amazing Animal Facts Postcards: 50 Colorable Postcards collection is based on Maja Säfström’s book The Illustrated Compendium of…

Attack Of The Robo-Models

Attack of the Robo-Models! That is, robotic clothing models with proportions that can have their measurements adjusted electronically. Okay, so we’re not sure what they’re attacking just yet, but there’s probably SOMETHING. Retailers are probably hoping they’ll attack the high…

Maximalism: in for 2017?

Minimalism in pretty much all things has been de rigeur for so long now, we forget what it was like to do more with more, not less. But perhaps, now, layers upon layers of things are in, again. WSJ ran…

This piece in The Guardian yesterday started off with confessions of a design critic; and yes, it’s true, even the snobbiest among us may very well have an IKEA piece or two somewhere. If you choose wisely, you’ll find pieces…