Just one block from the frenetic activity of Turin’s Porta Nuova train station, the Via Giuseppe Luigi Lagrange (or Via Lagrange) is emblematic of the urban revival propelled by the winter Olympics held here in 2006.
Founded in 1879 by German entrepreneur Guillermo Krug, the Relojería Alemana’s first jewelry store still stands on a corner of the Carrer del Colón, amid the labyrinthine tangle of cobbled lanes and alleyways that make up the quaint historical district of Palma de Majorca, Spain.
Beauty may be skin-deep, but David Jameson's design for the offices of a dermatologist and a plastic surgeon reaches beneath the surface, peeling back layers of intrigue. Inspired by the structure of a tree'with its rough bark on the outside and smoother rings closer to the core' the Washington, D.C.'based architect organized the 3,770-square-foot facility as a progression of spaces wrapped in increasingly refined materials.
Benedikt Taschen loves design. Though the German publisher is sometimes better known for 'sexy' books'as some of his titles are cheekily referred to'he is the force behind scores of monographs on the world's most famous architects and fashion designers, and gorgeous limited editions on everyone from artist Ai Weiwei to James Bond.
The energy-drink company Red Bull (RB) tends to engage the public in unconventional ways. As it plunges into adventurous youth culture—extreme sports, high-risk aviation feats, edgy art and music—it’s never just paying to affix its logo to a Formula 1 racecar or a radical skydive.
In San Francisco, the latest tech office has the cultural prominence a lavish restaurant or fancy boutique would elsewhere. As the battle to entice technical talent continues, designers strive to outdo the competition with their imaginative environments.