Celebrating Design Sorceress Deborah Sussman, 1931-2014. Read more.
By Stephen Powers
Valentine’s Day brings an avalanche of platitudes, from the banal to the heartfelt, delivered to the subject of one’s amore. Normally, the recipient of these overtures is a person, but in the case of artist Stephen Powers, city neighborhoods, and the people that live and work in them, are the muse. Claiming the sides of forgotten buildings and outdated infrastructure as his canvas, Powers presents city dwellers with provocative text-based art that riffs on popular forms of communication, from self-help affirmations and advertising mantras to starry-eyed confessions. This earnest language cast in colorful formations is a satisfyingly jolting juxtapositio
by Kisho Kurakawa, Japan, 1972.
The Nakagin Capsule Tower was designed to be the perfect machine for bachelor living. Each 12x6x6 capsule, with porthole window at one end, was completely modular and adaptable to the needs of its particular inhabitant. The full potential of the project was never realized and now exists as a testament to the modernist desire for pod living.