The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

July 27 2016 8:50 AM

Moleskine Opened a Café in Milan, and It Looks Exactly Like You Think It Would

Take a coffee break in any hipster café around the world and it generally won’t take long to spot someone self-consciously scribbling deep thoughts or sketching out grand plans in a Moleskine notebook. On Monday, the cult brand—founded in 1997 to resurrect the favorite black notebook of Hemingway, Picasso, and Van Gogh—opened the Moleskine Café to make that experience a bit more meta.

July 26 2016 8:51 AM

This Stunning Bridge Proposal for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games Was Inspired by the Olympic Rings

The San Shan Bridge is a stunning piece of infrastructure inspired by the Olympic rings, designed for the upcoming 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. The bridge proposal by the Beijing- and Vienna-based firm Penda in conjunction with Arup engineers is on the shortlist for this year’s World Architecture Festival.

July 25 2016 8:48 AM

The Colorful, Pristine Beauty of Empty Metro Stations in Berlin, Munich, and Stockholm

Last time we caught up with Montreal-based photographer Chris M. Forsyth, he was showing us the naked beauty of the city’s gorgeously designed metro stationswithout the throngs of harried commuters to cover it up. What started as a student project has become an ongoing series for the now 22-year-old photographer, who has since added three new cities to his portfolio, with stunning photos of empty stations in Munich, Berlin, and Stockholm.

July 22 2016 8:54 AM

New York City Turns an Abandoned Military Base Into a Sprawling Public Park

On Tuesday, a 10-acre public park opened on Governors Island in New York City. Once an abandoned military base in New York Harbor, the island is being transformed into a 21st-century destination for urban dwellers in need of some wide-open green space. Designed by landscape architect Adriaan Geuze and his team from West 8 (which won an international design competition in 2007 for the design of the Governors Island Park), the Hills is the newest addition to the park and public spaces on the 172-acre island (the first 30 acres opened to the public in 2014).

July 21 2016 8:49 AM

A Dutch Artist Made a Gigantic Bear From Conifer Tree Branches

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is known for making cartoonish, larger-than-life animal sculptures of rubber ducks, aardvarks, bunnies, and other creatures that he has displayed in public spaces around the world. The latest work of the man who sent an immense floating hippo down London’s River Thames is a giant bear made of conifer tree branches, set on the grounds of a former aviation school in the Netherlands.

July 20 2016 8:51 AM

Giant, Interactive “Icebergs” Take Over D.C.’s National Building Museum

To offer a respite from the jungle heat of summer in Washington, the National Building Museum has mounted Icebergs, an immersive 12,540-square-foot installation designed by James Corner Field Operations (whose work includes New York City’s High Line) that transforms the museum’s Great Hall into a chilly, nature-inspired simulacrum of a glacial field.

July 19 2016 8:41 AM

A Swiss Artist Puts His Own Stamp on a World Heritage Site by Le Corbusier

Over the weekend at its annual meeting, UNESCO added 17 works in seven countries by Le Corbusier to its list of World Heritage sites for the late architect’s “outstanding contribution to the Modern Movement.” (The meeting, held this year in Istanbul, was temporarily suspended after a failed coup attempt in Turkey.) Perhaps the most iconic of these buildings is the late architect’s Cité Radieuse in Marseille, France.

July 18 2016 8:49 AM

A Historic Building Gets a 21st-Century Update With Playful, Interactive Lighting Design

New York City–based ESI Design, which has a penchant for using clever lighting design as a noninvasive strategy for re-animating existing architecture, recently transformed the lobby of an office building in downtown Washington by adding 1,700 square feet of motion-activated media displays on the walls that bring the historic building into 21st-century relief.

July 15 2016 8:48 AM

Oakland Transformed a Parking Lot Into Award-Winning Apartments for Homeless Seniors

A light, airy refuge for 91 low-income, special needs seniors in Oakland, California, won the Excellence in Affordable Housing Design category in the AIA/HUD Secretary’s Awards on Thursday.

July 14 2016 8:37 AM

One of the Best Examples of Modern Architecture Is a Former Livestock Pavilion in North Carolina

When you hail from one of the magnificent capital cities of New England, such as Boston or, in my case, Providence, Rhode Island, it’s sometimes a little hard to admit that there are worthy architectural landmarks anywhere else. But on a recent trip to Raleigh, North Carolina, I discovered what might be one of America's greatest examples of modern architecture: Dorton Arena, the livestock pavilion at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.