ALVARO SIZA: Iberian minimalism

Designer Feature vol. 5 I love the work of Siza. His projects arise as natural reactions to the physical, cultural, and, I could almost say, spiritual environment which they inhabit. He masterfully blends *vernacular architecture with minimalism to create poetic references to place while exploring issues of form and space. When I think of Siza’s work I always imagine these large spans of white-washed walls or these intricate plans where every turn and edge has been thought out. That’s part of his genius – being able to work from the largest scale of the site plan to the minute details of…

GIO PONTI: The 20th Century’s Renaissance Man

Designer Feature, vol. 4 When you think renaissance man in the world of design Gio Ponti is your guy. This man was a painter, an industrial and furniture designer, an architect and the editor and founder of the quintessential Domus (1928) and Stile magazines. Born and raised in Milan, Ponti was an advent propagandist for the love of architecture and design which he wrote of in his 1957 collection of essays Amate l’Architettura (published in english as In Praise of Architecture). Ponti utilized Domus to openly explore diverse topics of his concern and express his personal views all the while maintaining a…

CARLO SCARPA

Designer Feature vol. 3 (Venice 1906 – 1978 Japan) Carlo Scarpa is the architect that made me want to be an interior designer. The Italian master draws me in (every time) with his use of materials and a truly meticulous attention to detail. Every corner, every connection is resolved with the utmost sensibility. This of course means Scarpa did not leave behind an encyclopedia of projects. The ones he did however, are true jewels. In his work he would blend brass with limestone and stucco and brick. He would play with precedents of geometry such as circular Chinese openings in garden walls and corbeled pyramids…