The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

June 17 2016 8:51 AM

Cool, Creative Workplaces From Around the Globe That Will Give You Office Envy

Creative industries such as graphic design, architecture, advertising, and digital media have added pressure to provide inspiring, statement-making workplaces. The Creative Workplace by design writer Rob Alderson features a selection of stunningly designed work environments from around the world that set a high bar for what it means to create a stimulating office tailored to specific work styles and needs.

June 16 2016 8:39 AM

The Movie Yarn Shows That Knitting and Crocheting Can Create Stunning Works of Art

Knitting and crocheting have turned into hipster pastimes for men and women of varying ages. But although they might no longer be seen as the domain of grannies, knitting and crocheting still largely suffer from the perception that they are but a crafty hobby, not a medium for art. Yarn: The Movie is a new documentary by Montreal-based Icelandic director Una Lorenzen that focuses on a handful of global artists whose work explores the possibilities contained in a skein of yarn.

June 15 2016 9:20 AM

A Midcentury Architect’s Innovative “Demountable” Office Is Restored to Its Former Glory

For the past two decades, Parisian gallerist Patrick Seguin, who specializes in 20th-century design, has been devoted to showcasing his collection of demountable structures by French midcentury architect and furniture designer Jean Prouvé (1901–84). Restored by Galerie Patrick Seguin in 2015, Prouvé’s Maxéville Design Office (1948) is being erected during the Design Miami festival taking place in Basel, Switzerland, until Sunday.

June 14 2016 9:12 AM

This Aspiring Filmmaker Converted a Used Cargo Van Into a Stylish Living Space

Last summer, 23-year-old Zach Both quit his job as an art director at a 3-D-printing startup in Boston and hit the road to pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker, living and working out of a van that he bought on Craigslist and renovated before heading to Los Angeles.

June 13 2016 8:56 AM

Ikea’s Signature Blue-and-Yellow Shopping Bag Is Getting a Makeover

Danish design collective Hay has redesigned Ikea’s signature Frakta shopping bag, snubbing the brash blue-and-yellow color scheme of the brand’s familiar logo for a more neutral palette. Part of an upcoming collaboration launching in 2017 between the furniture giant and the company co-founded by Rolf and Mette Hay, the new bag is a tonal makeunder of the original, designed by siblings Marianne and Knut Hagberg. While it may look more like a woven fabric tote than its shiny predecessor, an Ikea spokesperson told me in an email that the new tote and its straps will also be made of 100 percent fully recyclable polypropylene.

June 10 2016 8:47 AM

The Gardens of Versailles Now Include a Dazzling Man-Made Waterfall

The Château de Versailles is a year-round attraction for tourists in France. But when the weather brightens it’s the gardens that are the big draw, with their elegant André Le Nôtre landscaping and musical fountains. The latest star attraction is a dazzling monumental free-standing waterfall on the manicured grounds that looks like a mirage or a special effect, a breathtaking sleight of hand from Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.

June 9 2016 9:13 AM

This Theatrical Parisian Co-Working Space Looks More Like a Boutique Hotel

Following designer youth hostels and style-conscious student housing, co-working spaces are now using elaborate interior design schemes to set themselves apart from the competition. The newest co-working space in Paris is Kwerk, a 24,000-square-foot, multilevel space that was conceived as a cross between a “boutique hotel, a theater set and an art gallery,” the company said in a press release.

June 8 2016 9:14 AM

Here’s What the World’s First Free-Form 3-D-Printed House Looks Like

Design consultancy WATG’s Urban Architecture Studio recently won first prize for the Freeform Home Design Challenge, a competition to design the world’s first free-form 3-D-printed house.

June 7 2016 10:52 AM

Before Apple, Olivetti Made the Products Everyone Wanted

The design aesthetic of the world’s most wanted laptops and smartphones is generally as slick as the products themselves. Even as the new Apple store designfeels like an ostensible attempt to soften its interiors with ficus trees and warm, natural materials such leather and wood, Apple’s overarching image has a decidedly corporate vibe. But back when typewriters ruled the day, iconic Italian manufacturer Olivetti created bold graphics, advertising, and showrooms that harnessed the selling power of great design but carried it off with a nostalgia-provoking dose of pure design flair and midcentury cool.

June 6 2016 9:13 AM

This Spooky Spanish Cliff House Channels the Ghost of Gaudí

The cliff house as architectural fantasy usually manifests itself as a variation on a James Bond-ian bachelor pad, like this jaw-dropping Greek concept houseoverlooking the Mediterranean, or this slick five-story modular concept houseperched on the edge of the Australian coast. But Spanish firm GilBartolome Architects had a different inspiration for the House on the Cliff, a Antoni Gaudí–inspired home in Granada, Spain, that looks like a cliff house version of a scarecrow to fend off evil spirits, drones, or something that Gaudí might have seen in his dreams.