Category Archives: People

Maker’s Marks, T Design Winter 2010

‘‘Hella Jongerius — Misfit,’’ the title of the Dutch designer’s retrospective that opens Nov. 13 at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, refers not so much to her status in the design world but to the imperfect objects she has long championed. As the exhibition demonstrates, Jongerius has never had trouble finding sympathy for her ideas in the design industry, where companies like Vitra, Ikea and Maharam hired her to introduce beautiful inconsistencies into their sofas, vases and upholstery fabrics. As it turns out, the only people who ever took convincing were the craftspeople themselves. Continue reading

Grace Kelly, T Women’s Fashion Spring 2010

For anyone raised on Madonna or Rihanna, it’s hard to fathom how a rich girl with a wardrobe full of shirtdresses, twin sets and pearls — and a firm disbeliever in women wearing trousers — could become the fashion idol of her generation. But Grace Kelly epitomized a time before rebellion was a virtue, and the forthcoming “Grace Kelly: Style Icon” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London pays homage to the actress-turned-princess’s sartorial legacy, from her rise to stardom in the ’50s to her untimely death in 1982. Continue reading

Watch This Space, T Design Fall 2009

For Faye Toogood, September’s London Design Festival was a coming-out party of sorts. After spending nearly a decade styling for the British magazine The World of Interiors and developing her signature raw-meets-refined look, she started quietly building her own full-service creative studio in 2008, remaining under the radar despite redesigning Dover Street Market’s shoe department and creating fanciful window displays for Liberty. But following two buzzed-about installations that she curated at the London festival and her high-profile work for Tom Dixon — which includes a catalog and a new London showroom — the design world is beginning to take notice of this multitalented 32-year-old. Continue reading

Craft Fare, T Men’s Fashion Fall 2009

Two years ago, when Paul Smith’s creative directors displayed Paul Loebach’s first collection in the window of their SoHo store, they jokingly called it the ”anti-Moss,” referring to the superslick Manhattan design temple around the corner. It turns out they were onto something: design is back to a more understated aesthetic, and Loebach’s craft-meets-technology vibe is making him the most talked-about young American designer since Jason Miller. Continue reading

Sight Specific in Venice, T Travel March 2007

Since they’re the only thing about him remotely clichéd, it’s impossible not to grant the 33-year-old Spanish design hotshot Jaime Hayon his signature spectacles. In the tradition of luminaries like Philip Johnson and Daniel Libeskind, Hayon’s rubber azure frames have come to define his image — an appropriately hipper, quirkier one than his dark-rimmed elders. Continue reading

Tiny Dancer, Nylon February 2007

This month, a pair of gold lame hot pants, tattered from use and carefully encased in glass, will be hung on a wall in London’s prestigious Victoria and Albert museum. As if that weren’t bizarre enough, these particular hot pants, instantly recognizable to many, belong to Kylie Minogue. Continue reading

Generation Y’s Queen Bea, New York Magazine March 2002

If you are Bea Arthur, about to open your new one-woman Broadway show, Just Between Friends, you know your audience. There will be middle-aged couples who think you are a great entertainer, fans of your groundbreaking sitcom Maude, and (of course) gay men, some of whom have dressed up like you at one time or another. What you might not expect — but what you just may be getting — is a crowd of 22-year-old hipsters obsessed with The Golden Girls, particularly with Arthur’s dumped-at-midlife character, the sarcastic Dorothy Zbornak. Continue reading