In the inaugural “100 Big Ideas in Design” issue, Interior Design magazine has identified the most creative, groundbreaking and inventive projects and products happening across design, architecture, art and other related disciplines.
“Making the extraordinary from the ordinary by sculpting in paper, innovating in a decaying paint factory and exploring your inner child while defying gravity are just a few of the concepts that we serve up in the issue,” said Cindy Allen, editor in chief. “A first-time attempt on this theme, it proved a mammoth undertaking for our team, but one well-worth the effort.”
Here are 10 highlights of the 100 biggest ideas in design today:
#3 – Be Quiet: To give its customers a place to rest and recuperate from retail-induced exhaustion, London department store Selfridges & Co. asked Alex Cochrane Architects to design the Silence Room, a 2,500 meditative square feet at the end of a dimly lit corridor. Check your shoes and PDAs at the door.
#13 – Dream Big, Build Small: With an increasing demand for affordable living spaces in big cities worldwide, New York City’s Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development launched the adAPT NYC competition to develop proposals for buildings containing micro-apartments. N Architects’ winning “My Micro NY” comprises 55 prefabricated modular apartments ranging from 250 to 370 square feet—the first such development in Manhattan and a stylish one at that.
#14 – Expect the Unexpected: A small house in Lisbon, Spain, designed by father-son architects Luis and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade, turns a private residence into a delightful public amenity with an 1,100 square foot vertical garden and a rooftop lap pool.
#42 – Feel and See: At the NewView Oklahoma Low Vision Clinic in Oklahoma City, designed by Elliott + Associates Architects, patients walking along a corridor can read a Juro Osawa short story flocked on Braille Project wallpaper by Ilias Fotopoulos.
#44 – Sail the High Seas: These phosphorescent cubes in epoxy-coated plywood and pine, by artist Max Mulhern, may look like giant dice, but they also serve as a feasibility study for unmanned, wind-powered transatlantic shipping.
#80 – Watch Out: The wind-powered Mine Kafon is a landmine detonator made of bamboo and biodegradable plastics that can set off up to four mines, shedding legs as it rolls—and costs 24 times less than a typical detonator.
#81 – Sit in the Sweet Spot: Pieter Brenner’s Sugarchair is made from more than 60 lbs. of shaped sucrose, an emerging raw material, and can be licked by user into a personalized perch.
#91 – Find Your Inner Child: A single poplar tree yielded virtually everything needed to construct Chop Stick, a concession stand at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. Designer Visiondivision even made syrup from the bark!
#95 – Cut and Paste: Designer Irving Harper turns ordinary paper and other objects into extraordinary sculptures, a passion celebrated in a new book by Rizzoli.
#96 – Rack Up the Creativity Points (featured on March cover): A wine store reinvented the bottle rack to contain 12,000 bottles of wine, of 1,200 types, within a 750-square-foot space.
The entire list of 100 can be found in the March issue of Interior Design or online. The magazine plans to publish the 100 Big Ideas in Design issue annually.