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Posts Tagged ‘Jade Chang’

Behind the Portera Doors Panel


A big thanks to folks at Portera Doors and Clifford PR for inviting us to take part in a superclassy panel with the best food we’ve ever been served at one of these things. Let’s just say you had us at the hand-cut fries served in those cute little paper cones.

Last night we discussed “How the internet has changed design” with the acclaimed designer Michael Berman (who you may know best from his turn on “Design Star“); the lovely Jade Chang, whose writing for Metropolis needs no introduction, nor does the fact that she won the Winterhouse Award for Design Writing and Criticism this year; and the delightful Anita Engs, who runs a site that will almost certainly be of use to all of you in the UnBeige world,, where modern furniture showrooms–and what they’re selling–can be searched and located regionally.

Speaking of showrooms, Portera has one of the most distinctive showrooms that we’ve ever seen, nestled a gorgeous historic building in the Playhouse District of Pasadena. They offer a collection of restored antique Spanish doors, so if you need a new set of 17th-century Andalusian doors that once adorned a Moorish temple–and we know you do–look no further.

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2007 Winterhouse Writing Awards Announced


Perhaps our heads were in the sand for this announcement, but the winners of the 2007 Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing and Criticism have been announced and we’ve just got to rave a bit. Jade Chang, West Coast editor for Metropolis, has won the grand $5K prize; and the not-too-shabby $1K educational award goes to Erica Nooney, who just embarked upon a Ph.D in cultural studies at SUNY Stony Brook. Winterhouse’s William Drenttel chaired the panel of judges–which included Allison Arieff, Melissa Harris and Bruce Sterling–and had this to say about the 2007 winners:

The jury was impressed with the energy of the writing–and the range of approaches to design and approaches to writing. Furthermore, we were surprised by the technical quality of the writing, the maturity of prose and style in so many of the entries. The recipients, Jade and Erica, were selected unequivocally by this year’s panel, and we feel that both of these young writers hold great promise to grow as essayists and critics.

The winners will be honored at the Design Legends Gala next week.

INDEX:Award Winners Announced


What do a Tongue Sucker, a Tesla Roadster, and a laptop that costs somewhere between $100 and $200 have in common besides being really great stocking stuffers? They’re all winners of this year’s INDEX:Awards, announced Friday in Copenhagen. The world’s best-known design-for-good competition also gives the best prize: 100,000 Euros (that’s $136,357.08 US, and we’re betting no one’s whining about the exchange rate today).

Jade Chang from Metropolis was on the ground and she’s got details about the award ceremony and a list of winners, with links and commentary. She also snapped a hilarious shot of a local Danish woman staring quizzically at a bubble holding one of the nominated designs in the middle of a Copenhagen square.

Sunday Recap: Tobi Wong, Trends, and Even More Yves!


On the last day before the ICFF floor was opened to the public, bloggers rushed to cover the exhibits before they were swarmed by design-curious housewives pushing strollers. MoCoLoco hit the Wrong Store, where the party was actually outside on the sidewalk, Core 77 has photos of the Nat Sherman appetizers, more parties Saturday and Sunday and a sum up of the ICFF highlights, which opens with the awesome line “ICFF, as we all know, is a lot like IKEA.” Shuddddder.

Metropolis pushed a bunch of its content live, with Jade Chang and David Sokol on the floor. Sokol’s trolling for trends like Graphic Content and Material Marriages. Check out the photos from Day 1 and Day 2. The magazine’s “Rethinking Energy” conference is taking place today.

Chang’s doing these awesome little mini interviews named WeSeeYou@ICFF where she talks to people like the Artecnica founders, and where we learn not only what Yves is wearing but what kind of skateboard we can buy from Paul Smith so we can roll together forever.

All ICFF/Design Week posts here.

The Museum of Jurassic Technology: The Musical


As folks who seem to be in the know about such things, you are probably familiar with the Museum of Jurassic Technology, one of the most fascinating collections of anything we’ve ever come across. Lawrence Weschler once wrote an entire book about the place, but if you’re looking for an introduction almost as bizarrely awesome as the museum itself, try this: the tremendously-talented Pamela Z has turned the experience into a one-woman opera. No kidding. Writer Jade Chang was there to take it all in.