Welcome to Curbed's new weekly round-up of architecture and design on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and (god forbid) even LinkedIn. Collected from retweets, intra-office chats, and, well, anything that sent us into a 140-character tizzy, this is what Curbed editors saw on social last week. Please be in touch if you have a recommendation for next week.
Organized by the African-American Student Union at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, the Black in Design conference kicked off last weekend, with a packed schedule that included discussions of designing at every scale—from buildings to neighborhoods to cities—to address systemic inequality. The event was live streamed, but if you missed it, you can read up on the Black in Design Twitter hashtag. And if you're into conferences, the 2015 AIGA Design Conference commenced last Thursday (ending on Saturday) in New Orleans, and there's tons to read and see, here.
Beauty moment alert! Things have been very busy over at New York City designy things storefront The Future Perfect. Fresh on the heels of a successful London Design Festival show of newly upholstered, gorgeous sofas by six British designers, the Future Perfect is retailing pieces from that collection, as well as gems like Carlo Scarpa's 618 chair (circa 1964). Swoon.
We came across this tweet from Washington Post reporter Emily Badger, who wrote an insightful piece for that paper last week on the 27 patterns most commonly found in the fabric of world's cities and suburbs. Click through to hear exactly what "loops and lollipops" are.
The latest completed project by Japanese firm SANAA is this lovely winding building in New Canaan, Connecticut, the new HQ of the multi-hyphenate arts and outdoors non-profit Grace Farms Foundation. The structure, an 83,000-square-foot ribbon of concrete and steel snaking across a section of the organization's 80-acre grounds (77 of which have been preserved for local fauna as wetlands, meadows, and ponds). Our critic, Alexandra Lange, was on the scene at a recent press preview and the Instagrams have us ready to see it for ourselves. Above, the Pritzker Prize-winning duo that leads SANAA, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, seen at the opening event.
Do you know Stockholm-based Instagrammer Katarina Matsson? She's an editor at Elle Decoration Sweden and her home (and, it seems, life in general) is picture-perfect. Here's a zen lil' snap from home, which is quintessentially Scandinavian without being overly minimalist. You can check out her whole feed here.
Speaking of design inspiration, our Cities Director, Sally Kuchar, took to the streets of New Orleans last week and man oh man. From shipping container architecture (which is no longer avant-garde, let's be honest, but still retains the power to excite when done well) to the vibrant colors and unique forms of classic 7th Ward shotgun houses and more, we felt we were there getting inspired, too.
Peak shippingcontainertecture in greenpoint, Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/dQWxOiw823— Quilian Riano (@quilian) October 11, 2015
Speaking of shipping containers, Brooklyn is still milking that trend for all it's worth. #shippingcontainertecture