Patrick Sisson - Writer, Journalist, Cultural Documentarian, Music Lover

Category: Design

Curbed Feature July 21, 2015 Next to Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois, no area can lay claim to as many works by Frank Lloyd Wright as Buffalo, New York. From the sprawling Darwin Martin House to the Larkin Building, from gas stations to boat houses, the numerous examples of the architect’s work in and around the city made […]

Curbed Feature July 23, 2015 “What do you want?” “Access! “When do you want it?” “Now!” There are 82 stone steps up to the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., a relatively minor bit of trivia for the majority of legislators, tourists, and visitors who traverse them every day. But for those unable to […]

Line//Shape//SpaceFeatureJune 23, 2015 Technological shifts don’t always begin with keynote speeches or media frenzies. Sometimes, they just arrive in the mail.  This past spring, high school students and aspiring designers accepted to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) received more than just a letter. The postman also dropped off a white cardboard mailer […]

Curbed Chicago Feature March 27, 2015   The maxim “less is more” has become synonymous with Mies van der Rohe’s design approach, shorthand for the power of focusing on the pertinent details and the experience within a space. But for those tasked with repairing and restoring the architectural icon’s masterpieces, the phrase could easily refer to […]

Line//Shape//Space Feature March 30, 2015 At first glance, Eteläsatama, or South Harbor in Helsinki, doesn’t stand out much from the ribbons of scenic shoreline that form the Finnish capital’s border with the sea. Ferries dock nearby, crowds meander over from nearby Market Square, and anyone strolling through can pause and snap a photo of famous […]

Article Dwell April 23, 2014 Link Clowns, churches, and an aquarium: Find out how far the boundless curiosity of Ray and Charles Eames stretched.   “It makes me feel guilty that anybody should have such a good time doing what they are supposed to do.” It’s easy to imagine Charles Eames laughing with joy after uttering those […]

Interview Dwell May 28, 2014 Link   A bold experiment in demystifying and democratizing architecture, Auburn University’s Rural Studio, founded by Samuel Mockbee and D.K. Ruth in 1993, has overseen the construction of a menagerie of modernist structures in rural Hale County, Alabama, including the affordable 20K House. And while the work of generations of students stands […]

Interview/Feature Design Bureau March 7, 2014 Link   Many things conspired to bring 23-year-old designer Lyse Cook to live and work in Detroit last June. She cops to having drunk the Kool-Aid she’s heard the stories about “the Brooklyn of her generation,” the chance to make her mark in the Wild West atmosphere of a […]

Interview Dwell March 5, 2014 Link When we first see the Grand Budapest Hotel in Wes Anderson’s visually stunning new film of the same name, she appears a withered beauty during a flashback to the 1960s. The garish green and orange lobby sticks out like a dye job crying for attention. But then, as the […]

Article/Interview Nothing Major October 3, 2013 Link Detroit boasts a history of legendary axmen—Jack White, Ted Nugent, Robert White, Wayne Kramer and Dennis Coffey to name a few. And now, thanks to the passion project of commercial real estate director and woodworker Mark Wallace, the next great musician on that list may kick out the […]