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BRIAN FICHTNER

Brian Fichtner

ART
DESIGN
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NEW YORK CITY
Poetic License: Deliberate Deviations from Normally Applicable Rules and Practices
Once again Moss, NYC's highly revered design destination, opened one of the most important openings during ICFF, called "Poetic License," to much frenzied fanfare this weekend. Despite considerable downsizing over the past two years—the company...
CONCERTS
DESIGN
MUSIC
PERFORMANCE
Jónsi World Tour
Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi released his debut solo album, "Go," earlier this month to near universal acclaim, since embarking on a world tour of theatrical stage performances to rival the epic grandeur of his album. A collaborative effort...
DESIGN
FASHION
ICELAND
REYKJAVIC
TRADESHOWS
DesignMarch 2010
While hauntingly beautiful landscapes, elusive fairies and mind-blowing music usually come to mind when thinking of Iceland, DesignMarch, the second annual weekend festival organized by the Iceland Design Center, aims to add design to that list...
ART
EXHIBITIONS
NEW YORK
High Fructose Corn Syrup
NYC-based artist Christopher Chiappa's first solo show in eight years, "High Fructose Corn Syrup," boldly explores themes of cultural degradation, anxiety and industrialized sweeteners. Now on view at NYC's Kate Werble Gallery through 10 April 2010...
ARCHITECTURE
CONFERENCES
DESIGN
GRAPHIC DESIGN
SOUTH AFRICA
DESIGN INDABA
Design Indaba Conference 2010
Playing to the mounting excitement of South Africa's upcoming World Cup, last month's Design Indaba conference in Cape Town was billed as something of a major sports event in its own right with colorful banners, stadium cheer-worthy introductions...
DESIGN
PRODUCTS
SOUTH AFRICA
TRADESHOWS
LAMPS
MATERIALS
DESIGN INDABA
Design Indaba Expo 2010: Inception Collection
Launched at last month's Design Indaba expo, the Inception Collection from Snapp was one of the more attention-grabbing product collections there. With its use of brilliant hues and bold forms, the group of five objects stood out from much of the...
DESIGN INDABA
DESIGN
FURNITURE
SOUTH AFRICA
TRADESHOWS
Design Indaba Expo 2010: Haldane Martin
Launched at the recent Design Indaba, Haldane Martin's Baba Papa Lounger (above) was one of the highlights of this year's exposition. The undulating, meshed structure, manufactured from roughly 80% recycled stainless steel wire, was inspired by the...
CONFERENCES
CRAFTS
DESIGN
SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS
SOUTH AFRICA
DESIGN INDABA
Design Indaba Expo 2010: Heartworks Stitching Club
Nestled in a small display cube within the Cape Craft and Design Institute's exhibition at the recent Design Indaba expo, Heartworks Stitching Club's hand-embroidered teddy bears immediately caught our attention with their bold colors and one-of...
DESIGN
SOUTH AFRICA
SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS
CONFERENCES
DESIGN INDABA
Design Indaba Expo 2010: Moonbasket Lighting
At the close of last week's Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, we had the opportunity to meander through the expo of over 260 impassioned exhibitors from around South Africa. While much of the work on view skewed toward accessories and jewelry...
ACCESSORIES
LETTERPRESS
PRINTS
PRODUCTS
GIFTS
HUMOR
You and Me, The Royal We
Given the state of the world, we could all do with some levity. That's where You and Me, The Royal We comes in. Conceived by Brooklyn studio mates Oliver Jeffers, Mac Premo and Aaron Ruff of Digby and Iona (which we featured here), the recently-launched...
DESIGN
DUTCH
EXHIBITIONS
Cut & Paste
A curious collection of improbable objects, "Cut & Paste" is the brainchild of the incredibly talented Kiki van Eijk. The project, currently on view at Secondome Design Gallery in Rome, marries disparate elements of material, color, finish and...
ARCHITECTURE
DESIGN
FURNITURE
GERMANY
SWITZERLAND
Herzog & de Meuron: Vitra Haus
While the disheveled stacking of boxes seems to be a rampant gesture in today's architecture, the new Vitra Haus by architects Herzog & de Meuron proves that, if done correctly, the conceit can create a thrilling, dynamic structure both inside and...
Harvest Project by Asif Khan
Young London designer and architect Asif Khan recently unveiled his visually arresting Harvest Project, a small collection of chairs and a table created during his participation in the Designers in Residence program at the Design Museum London...
WEBSITES
NEW YORK
GRAPHIC DESIGN
DATA VISUALIZATION
The 2009 Feltron Annual Report
Earlier today infographic designer Nicholas Felton released his fifth annual report, the culmination of yet another year's worth of data accretion and (according to his Facebook status) well over 200 hours of labor. With The 2009 Feltron Annual Report...
WEBSITES
PUBLISHING
ONLINE
INTERVIEWS
DESIGN TOOLS
Cargo Collective: Interview with Co-Founder Folkert Gorter
Cargo, a web publishing platform designed specifically for the creative fields, appeals to art directors, photographers, graphic designers, visual artists and more. Created by Folkert Gorter, Josh Pangell and Rene Daalder, the service enables users...
BOOKS
FASHION
GRAPHIC DESIGN
SKATEBOARDING
SUSTAINABILITY
Best of CH 2009: Top Five Design Books
Like most years, 2009 saw a plethora of design and culture books. But in this case, the abundance persisted in spite of a crippling recession and a publishing industry fighting to adapt to an increasingly digital society. Whether the trend has to do...
TECHNOLOGY
FURNITURE
BICYCLES
SUSTAINABILITY
INNOVATION
Best of CH 2009: Top Five Design Innovations
The relentless pace of innovation constantly inspires us, both with form and function, in this still new century. While the pace isn't without its hazards, as we step lightly into the new decade, we see plenty of room for optimism. Below, we selected...
CERAMICS
GLASS
ITALY
CONCEPTUAL
Luca Nichetto: Essence Collection
Luca Nichetto designed Essence, a collection of household vessels and interior objects, to evoke the tools most commonly used in artisinal production. Each object in the line—vases, bowls, candle holders, tables—represents a moment in...
PHOTOGRAPHY
CHICAGO
ART
ONLINE
GALLERIES
CONSUMERISM
Brian Ulrich: Ghosts of Shopping Past
In a timely if sobering reminder of the ever changing retail landscape around us, The Morning News recently posted "The Ghosts of Shopping Past," an online gallery of photographs by Chicago-based lensman Brian Ulrich, whose Copia project...
UNITED KINGDOM
WATCHES
FASHION
ACCESSORIES
Uniform Wares Watch
Ever on the lookout for a clean, no-nonsense watch, the inaugural collection by London-based design and manufacturing company Uniform Wares gets our vote of design distinction. The style, inspired by the form and graphic detailing of British industry...
SHOPPING
ONLINE
CLOTHING
JEWELRY
ARTIST-DESIGNED
GIFTS
Hugo & Marie Online Boutique
New York-based imaginative consultancy Hugo & Marie recently launched an online boutique offering apparel accessories, jewelry and artwork from its stable of visual artists and designers. The firm, founded almost two years ago, provides services...
FOOD
LOCAL
BROOKLYN
PICKLES
VEGETABLES
ARTISINAL
Brooklyn Brine Pickles
The Brooklyn food renaissance recently welcomed another local producer to its ranks with the addition of Brooklyn Brine, a pickling operation based in the burgeoning neighborhood of Greenpoint. Founded in August by Josh Egnew and Shamus Jones, with...
PROTOTYPES
LED
BICYCLES
AWARDS
Puyl Integrated Bike Pump and Light
An ingenious example of multifunctional design, Kai Malte Röver's Puyl (for pump up your light) combines a bicycle pump and LED headlamp. The Royal College of Art graduate won the 2009 Eurobike Award in the student category for the design...
BOOKS
GRAPHIC DESIGN
DATA VISUALIZATION
INTERNET
The Visual Miscellaneum Book
For those drowning in the digital age's information glut, "Visual Miscellaneum," the new eye-popping book of infographics by London-based visual and data journalist David McCandless, makes the perfect antidote. Forget about pie charts...
SPAIN
FURNITURE
TRADESHOWS
CHAIRS
Galaxy Reclining Armchair
Spotted at this year's Habitat Valencia, the Galaxy Reclining Armchair by Spanish manufacturer CasaDesús blends space age style with suburban functionality. The sleek chair, designed by company founder Jaime Casadesús, puts to shame...
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