The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

April 21 2016 8:55 AM

A British Artist Raises a Spooky “PsychoBarn” on the Roof of NYC’s Met Museum

On Monday, British artist Cornelia Parker unveiled her latest work, an architectural folly inspired by the wholesome red barn paintings of Edward Hopper and the spooky Bates family house from Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho perched atop the roof garden of the Metropolitan Museum.

April 20 2016 8:30 AM

A Marvel of Victorian Engineering Reopens as a Concert Venue in London

The influential 19th-century British mechanical and civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Thames Tunnel in London was the first underground tunnel to be constructed successfully beneath a navigable river. Built between 1825 and 1843, it was considered a wonder of Victorian engineering, achieved using tunneling shield technology in which an iron shaft 50 feet in diameter was sunk into the banks of the Thames by its own weight as a first step in excavating the space. When the tunnel opened, the Illustrated London News called it the eighth wonder of the world.

April 19 2016 9:09 AM

Now Even University Academic Buildings Are Trying to Look Like Tech Startups

The new Lassonde School of Engineering’s Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at Toronto’s York University is the latest educational facility to reinvent classroom design for the evolving needs of design- and tech-savvy 21st-century students. And what better way to prepare tomorrow’s engineers for their careers than by building an academic center that looks more like a tech startup?

April 18 2016 10:12 AM

Enough With the Pot Leaves. Marijuana Branding Needs a Makeover.

James I. Bowie is a sociologist at Northern Arizona University whose Emblemetric blog examines patterns and trends in logo design using quantitative analysis of data from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Here at the Eye, Bowie shares a recent Emblemetric post about the brief history of uninspired marijuana logos.

April 15 2016 8:46 AM

An L.A. Artist Makes Tiny, Intricate Treehouses for Houseplants

Los Angeles–based artist Jedediah Corwyn Voltz is a prop-maker for TV and film by day who has a charming side business making tiny treehouses for potted bonsai trees, cacti, and succulents.

April 14 2016 8:12 AM

These Conceptual Japanese Chairs Are Inspired by Manga

Designers find inspiration everywhere, often looking to other genres to unlock new ideas. We’ve seen conceptual coffee tables that look like a scene from Inception. And now Japanese designers Nendo have created a series of 50 high-concept chairs for NYC Gallery Friedman Benda inspired by the visual language of manga comics, currently on display at this week’s  55th annual Milan Furniture Fair, the world’s largest trade fair for interior design.

April 13 2016 8:23 AM

Can You Guess the Main Ingredient in the Building Material “Merdacotta”?

Merdacotta is a new building material created by the Museo della Merda, a museum dedicated to the artistic, scientific, and eco-friendly possibilities of recycled dung that opened last year on the Castelbosco dairy farm in northern Italy. The terra cotta–like substance has been developed for use in making tiles, flower pots, and more, with examples currently on display until Sunday as part of Milan Design Week.

April 12 2016 8:34 AM

An Artist Resurrected an Ancient Italian Church in Wire Mesh

Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi has resurrected the bones of the Basilica di Siponto in Puglia, Italy, with a wire mesh installation that gives the ancient church new life.

April 11 2016 12:19 PM

Architecture Has a Woman Problem. Zaha Hadid Knew It Well.

Celebrated architect Zaha Hadid died March 31 at 65. Her sudden death has created an outpouring of media coverage and tributes from colleagues and admirers, a testament to the global reach of her powerful work and legacy. It has also rekindled conversation about the pernicious gender imbalances in architecture, a subject about which Hadid was an outspoken critic. Below is an excerpt from Where Are the Women Architects?, a new book out this week by Despina Stratigakos that examines the sexism that surfaced (and continues today) after Hadid became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004.

April 8 2016 8:09 AM

Gravity-Defying Marble Tables That Lean Like the Tower of Pisa

Marble is an ancient material that has come back into style in home interiors in the past few years, used in kitchens and bathrooms; mixed with contrasting materials such as brass and copper in contemporarycoffee tables and light fixtures; and used as a pattern in trompe l’oeil marble pillowswallpaper, and more.