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Posts Tagged ‘Rob Forbes’

Rob Forbes Is Blogging Within Reach

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Every once in awhile we think about Rob Forbes, the man who left behind Design Within Reach for…well, we really don’t know what but he sends these nice essays about his travels. The latest of which came today and is all about patterns found in the wild. But besides these updates that come every week or so, we wonder: What is Forbes doing out there?

Well, the short answer, according to this LA Times piece is starting a new company with “unique products that reflect local culture…food, music, maybe even lamps.” That does not provide any new answers for our detail-starved brains, but writer Janet Eastman is much more worried about the fate of Forbes’ Design Notes newsletter (which goes to an astounding 400,000 people) so she gets really excited about his new Studio Forbes blog.

Great, it’s a very nice blog. But can someone tell us when are we going to be able to buy expensive Forbes-curated items we didn’t know we needed again? Please, help us.

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Design Within Reach Without Rob Forbes

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We look forward to seeing founder Rob Forbes‘ newsletter for Design Within Reach pop into our inbox each month. But today’s Design Notes revealed a little more than his insightful musings on the design world. It seems Forbes is leaving his day-to-day role at DWR:

DWR has grown into a mature company with a talented staff and its own set of business needs–my personal mission in starting the company has been complete for years. But in the interest of staying close, I will continue to write for DWR occasionally. I keep in touch with many of the staff in the San Francisco office, and I hang out in the Studios around the country whenever I get the chance. However, I find myself increasingly drawn to new pursuits, and it’s time to close this chapter of Design Notes.

Forbes is shifting his attention to the food, wine and tabletop world–what that can mean, we can only drool about–and has already set himself up at Studio Forbes. We can’t wait to see what happens next.

You Say You Want a Rem-olution?

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In William Drenttel‘s current article on Design Observer, he criticizes Rem Koolhaas‘ bad decisions in his most recent project, the Central Chinese Television Headquarters. But during a two-night speaking stand in LA and San Francisco last month, Koolhaas had a surprising message for the design masses: Starchitects (himself included) are too busy trying to win contests with individualistic, extravagant work to devote serious thought to the true impact of their projects. You can watch Koolhaas’ appearance at USC (click lecture series), or read the reviews: John King from the San Francisco Chronicle covered the SF appearance and Rob Forbes was there, too, but more in awe of Koolhaas’ koolness. It’s almost as if Koolhaas has been rehearsing for the inevitable attacks against him.

Apparently, Koolhaas has also been rehearsing his dead-on impersonation of Nosferatu.

T+L Awards the Best Design Near and Far

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This year, using an initial in your company name was the key to victory for Travel+Leisure’s Design Awards (in alphabetical order):

Best Large Hotel: G Hotel, Galway, Ireland
Best Resort: W Maldives
Best Travel Gear: Y‘s Mandarina

Other than those letter-perfect winners, Alessi’s new flagship store took top retail honors, and the widely-praised Serpentine Solar Shuttle in London was named best transportation. Ian Schrager is the mag’s first-ever Design Champion.

The illustrious jury featured Sheila Bridges, Rob Forbes, Cathy Leff, Craig Robins, Kate Spade, Robert A.M. Stern, consulting editor Chee Pearlman, and, of course, Yves “We fantasize about you when we use our Slingbox” Behar.

It’s Hard To Stay Quiet When It Comes to the Seattle Public Library

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Big pretty buildings don’t always continue to generate press after their much-ballyhooed openings but the Rem-ified Seattle Public Library still has nice things said about it almost two years later. We enjoyed Natalia Ilyin‘s treatise about how even though she’s wary of modernism, she actually has grown quite fond of the place. And we were simply delighted with Design Within Reach’s Rob Forbes recent piece about–if you believe it–actually using the library. We especially love how he realizes renting a car to get there doesn’t seem to fit–so he takes public transportation to visit the public library.

Since Seattle is somewhere some of us are headed later today, we’re wondering if anyone can point us in the direction of the ideal architectural afternoon up in that drizzly corner of the planet. To us, it’s a toss up between the library and the new Olympic Sculpture Park and we only really have time for one (we’ve already been to the Space Needle, mind you). If you feel strongly one way or another about what we should check out and report back to you, let us know. We live to please.