Book review: Chairs by Architects

Architects have a fondness for designing chairs. It stems from a long tradition – the pieces of furniture often acting as architectural manifestos, small tokens representing the ideology and style of the architect. David Adjaye says it is like a ‘testing ground for ideas that interest me’. The architect has worked with manufacturer Knoll on a number of projects including the 2013 Washington Skeleton and Washington Skin chairs. Furniture,... Read More

BIG’s Serpentine Pavilion and summer houses

There is a delicate neo-classical building on a little hill in the middle of Kensington Gardens nestled in thick grass and wild flowers and with views over the Long Water. You can see Henry Moore’s Arch across the water from here. I often run in Kensington Gardens stopping briefly by this romantic summer house. There is an old tree to its right – the trunk is a good size and perfect for a hand stand. Upside-down, the summer house is even more... Read More

Vitra exhibits Frank Gehry

In the mid 1980’s the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany became the first building in Europe completed by Pritzker Prize winner Frank Gehry – and fittingly the museum is now hosting an exhibition of his work. Curated by the Italian Germano Celant, the show presents a selection of projects designed by the Toronto-born architect over the last 13 years, giving an insight into how buildings evolve from early, conceptual phases... Read More