A photo of a unique interior architectural design. The design was created by Rockwell Group whose very own David Rockwell was featured in Modern Magazine's 2016 Fall Edition.

Crystals Mall in Las Vegas. The interior architecture was designed by Rockwell Group’s very own David Rockwell who was featured in Modern Magazine’s 2016 Fall Edition.
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Magazine publishing in the last ten years has been an area of rapid innovation, providing insight on the era’s most diverse visual trends.

The world of Modern Magazine is filled with fresh ideas, excitement, and discovery. Incorporating endless visuals and an in-depth look at the process of their creation, the magazine focuses on the key developments of 20th and 21st century design.

Modern Magazine’s Fall 2016 issue looks at the architecture, interiors, furniture, and objects of various designers, curators, and collectors.

High Design for Everyday Life

George Kravis began collecting an array of unusual art as a child.

As he grew older, Kravis diversified his collection to include textiles, furniture, tableware, and graphics, much of which he later donated to the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City. Today, about 100 items from his collection are on view in the “Energizing the Everyday” exhibit, running through March 2017.

Designers showcased include Norman Bel Geddes, Gilbert Rohde, and Russell Wright on the American side. Outside of the realm of U.S. designers, there are also items created by Japanese designer Shirou Kuramata and Italian designer Achille Castiglioni. Though most of the work is from the 30s and 40s, there are many modern items as well.

The Tabletop Goes Avant-Garde

The world of tabletop decor has changed, and avant-garde designers such as Daniel Libeskind, Issey Miyake, Mario Botta, and Zaha Hadid add to it with their creative vision.

Companies such as Iittala Lalique, Atelier Swarovski, and Lasvit recently debuted high-end tabletop lines for the fall of 2016 and created contemporary works in collaboration with various designers.

Iittala X Issey Miyake’s simple yet elegant designs reflect both the Japanese and Finnish cultures’ deep admiration for nature. Deep green reflects Finland’s peaceful forests, while a pale pink and light gray represents Japan’s cherry blossoms. Issey Miyake’s first home collection includes exclusively glazed ceramic cups, plates, and platters.

Design’s Polymath

Architect, digital innovator, set designer, and product designer are just a few ways of describing David Rockwell.

In addition to establishing his own firm Rockwell Group, Rockwell has been the genius behind some of the most visually stunning and high-profile restaurants and hotels in the world. His impressive list of projects includes designing nearly a dozen W hotels in a variety of countries, several Nobu locations, and the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Recent projects involve giving New York’s The Time hotel a sleek makeover and collaborating with Ian Schrager to convert the landmark Metropolitan Life Tower into a hotel.

Driven by endless curiosity and the urge to create new architectural experiences, Rockwell’s designs never cease to delight us with their sophistication, warmth, and touch of theatrics.