Posts Tagged ‘Architecture’

Hannah Waldron

Published April 13, 2010 by Molly



Lately we’ve been digging the work of London-based artist Hannah Waldron for its geometric complexity and beautiful palette. Her blog is a document of her work habits, experiments and obsessions: sea monsters, zoo structures, patternmaking, playing with various inks and design concepts, making silkscreens and drawing gridded rooftop patterns inspired by Berlin and Italian piazzas.

Waldron’s lovely book, Rain Day, was published by Duke Press and sold out in milliseconds, so keep your eyes peeled for the second edition.

Emily Cheng

Published April 5, 2010 by Molly


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Emily Cheng’s projects are tinged with humor and exquisite taste and influenced by everything from Mexico City architecture to fallen trees to radio infrastructure maps.

Her experiments—some documented online here— include a USB teddy bear based on Deleuze & Guattari’s writings on the rhizome (see above), a hypothetical tour bus for Chaucer’s pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales (it features wall-sconce lighting and goblet holders) and an installation that metaphorically (or metonymically?) contains the elements of a cloud storm in one room via white balloons suspended at varying heights.

The connecting thread among Emily’s works is a conceptual rigor matched with technical perfection and…most importantly…a distinct element of zaniness. Behold.

Yuri Masnyj

Published February 2, 2010 by Molly



Aside from having a name with an excellent consonant-to-vowell ratio, Yuri Masnyj has incredible drawing talents, a knack for scuptural ingenuity and an eye for perfectly contained explosions of color. No kidding. Balancing swaths of skeletal white space with densely-packed inches of line and color, Masnyj draws inspiration from architectural drawings and graphic design to produce totally original works that engage directly (and rigorously) with art history.

Hailing from Washington D.C. and currently living in New York City, Masnyj “challenges the boundaries between media and, in the process, invites us into a fictive world in ruins that has all the ambiguities of our real one” (that’s from the Whitney Biennial catalogue.)

For pictures of the artist at work (and leaping in midair!), click here.

John Seabrook on Zaha Hadid

Published December 22, 2009 by Molly

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John Seabrook’s profile of Zaha Hadid in The New Yorker opens with an image of the architect sequestered in a banquette at a fancy restaurant, talking vigorously as bits of a chicken sandwich go flying from her mouth. Assistants are nearby, fielding the swarm of media constantly attempting to get in touch with Hadid. When the restaurant is deemed too cold, (”It’s impossible. I can’t stand it”) Hadid abruptly leaves. It’s a scene we’ve witnessed countless times before: the difficult, magisterial genius adrift in a hopelessly incompetent universe.

Luckily, Seabrook’s great profile is more than a collection of observed eccentricities. The piece is a mini-overview of Hadid’s childhood in Baghdad and education as an architect as well as a discussion of her influences, from the Russian Suprematist painter Kazimir Malevich to abstraction in general. Of her drawings, Hadid says that

“I wanted to capture a line, and the way a line changes and distorts when you try to follow it through a building, as it passes through regions of light and shadow. You know when you look through a building from a window on the outside, and the line you are following is distorted by the space? That was what I was trying to see with my paintings and my whooshings.”

Check out Seabrook’s article in the print edition of the magazine, and the accompanying audio slideshow here. Both give us a hint of the inner workings of a woman who is nothing if not a mad genius, emphasis on mad. And also genius.

LEGO Fallingwater

Published September 17, 2009 by Molly

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Q: What do you get when you combine modular toys with Frank Lloyd Wright?

A: LEGO Fallingwater, a recreation of Wright’s 1934 masterwork of modernism in Mill Run, Pennsylvania!

Anyone born after 1950 is likely to have played with the colorful Danish building bricks at some point in his or her youth. The LEGO corporate motto––Kun det bedste er godt nok or “Only the best is good enough,”––certainly applies to their 811-piece model of Fallingwater, which underwent 14 design concepts and includes special sections that slide out, as well as representations of the surrounding river and trees that are so crucial to the landmark’s aesthetic.

Finally! A toy designed for architects, highly-focused children, and highly-focused child architects.