The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

Oct. 6 2015 1:06 PM

A Dilapidated Bank Turned Stunning Cultural Center Opens in Chicago’s South Side

Theaster Gates is an artist, urban planner, and professor and director at the University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life who believes in a culturally driven approach to urban redevelopment. Gates’ Rebuild Foundation has transformed vacant houses and former housing projects into cultural and arts spaces on Chicago’s South Side. His latest and most ambitious project opened to the public on Saturday as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

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Oct. 5 2015 10:28 AM

A Leading Graphic Designer’s Advice on How to Avoid the Obvious 

Michael Bierut is one of the world’s leading graphic designers, a protégé of design legendMassimo Vignelli and partner in the New York office of the international design firmPentagram since 1990 who has done design work for clients including the New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, and the New York Jets. Opening Tuesday is the first comprehensive retrospective of the designer’s work at SVA's Chelsea Gallery in New York City, and Bierut’s first monograph, How To, will be out next month. 

Oct. 2 2015 11:45 AM

Zaha Hadid’s New Moscow Office Building Is a Dizzying Piece of Architectural Eye Candy

Ever wonder what the office building of the future might look like? One answer might be architect Zaha Hadid’s newly completed Dominion Office Building in an industrial and residential district in southeast Moscow that is an emerging creative and IT hub.

Oct. 1 2015 12:24 PM

The Cultural Differences Between East and West, as Told in Pictograms

Chinese designer Yang Liu moved to Berlin at the age of 13 and experienced the usual shock adapting to life in a new culture. She later channeled her expatriate insights into a series of pictograms in her first book, East Meets West, released in German in 2007.

This month, East Meets West is being published in English (like Liu’s second book, Man Meets Woman, a pictogram-based shorthand answer to Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venuspublished last year).

Sept. 30 2015 10:50 AM

Bulgaria Opens Its First Children’s Museum, Designed by an American

Children’s museums are an American invention—the Brooklyn Children's Museum was the first of its kind when it was founded in 1899. But these hands-on, interactive spaces dedicated to helping children learn about the world can now be found in countries around the globe.

Opening today in Sofia, Bulgaria is the 35,000-square-foot Muzeiko (“little museum in Bulgarian”). Designed by American architect Lee H. Skolnick—whose NYC-based firm has designed children’s museums including the Miami Children’s Museum and The Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton, New York—it is funded primarily by the U.S.-based nonprofit America for Bulgaria Foundation.

Sept. 29 2015 9:12 AM

A Portable Wood-Burning Stove for the Tiny House Generation

British company Anevay’s portable wood-burning Frontier Stove was first conceived and built for humanitarian aid use in disaster zones around the world. But the stoveappealed to camping enthusiasts, and the company began retailing the compact, durable, lightweight stove suitable for heating and cooking.

Sept. 28 2015 1:38 PM

Would Going to Work Be More Bearable If Your Cubicle Looked Like a Treehouse?

Perhaps because more children dream of treehouses than actually possess them, the world is full of treehouse-inspired structures for grown-ups—like a pop-up co-working treehouse in a London park, theworld’s coolest treehouse hotel in Sweden, and a host of luxurious treehouse home offices around the world.

Sept. 25 2015 1:33 PM

Tokyo Wants to Help You Prepare for Disaster With a Manga Comic and Cartoon Rhino

Vulnerable to earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis, and other natural and man-made disasters, Tokyo is ranked the world’s second-riskiest city, according to the Lloyd’s City Risk Index. This month, citizens of Tokyo have been receiving a yellow-and-black disaster-preparedness manual issued by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Sept. 24 2015 10:52 AM

The Dreamy “Luna” Lamp Brings the Moon Indoors

Realizing that the moon doesn’t follow us around is a crucial turning point in a child’s cognitive development, as Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget famously explained. But the moon remains a companion and a touchstone in every human life, inspiring classic books, iconic film moments, and all manner ofmoon-inspired décor, from moon-faced clocks to dinner plates to floor mats and, of course, lighting.

Sept. 23 2015 12:58 PM

Is Samsung’s Redesigned TV Hideous or a Work of Art?

The TV set was once a hulking piece of furniture that had pride of place in living rooms around the world. But ever since the flat screen became standard, tech designers have focused on making them ever slimmer. And interior designers have found clever ways to hide them behind vanishing TV mirrors and sliding panels.

But this week at the London Design Festival, Samsung unveiled a design-conscious TV that is built to stake its claim in a room like any other piece of furniture or object.