Design Research

It’s rare that an image snares you — holds you in place as you stare at it and try to file it into some part of your brain that is the place for new images and ideas. This happens sometimes in museums and art galleries. It also happened for me, this weekend, reading T Magazine (The New York Times Style Magazine). The Times, in general, is effective in making me want things (books, vacations, furniture) — but here, for some reason, this image arrested me.

The photograph, by Ezra Stoller, accompanied a story about the Design Research store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The building, itself, still exists; it has won numerous design awards over the years, and is an example of the ways in which architectural Modernism — somewhat softened — can be both beautiful and intellectually compelling.

Here’s a link to the piece in The Times.

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