Richard Meier’s Continued Excellence in Design
When it seems you have won the most prestigious architectural awards and designed some of the world’s instantly recognizable buildings, what do you do next? If you’re renowned architect and designer, Richard Meier, you take time to return to one of your passions.
This Pritzker Prize-winning architect who among a myriad of projects, designed the Getty Center in Los Angeles, is after a long hiatus returning to product design. He has designed an elegant new collection of household objects. Working with the Belgian design firm When Objects Work, the small new line which had its debut last spring at the 2010 Milan Design Fair goes into production this fall.
This new collection based on Meier’s design philosophy that architecture and objects must combine beauty and functionality, includes silver candlesticks, glass bowls and white marble trays. The white marble tray reflects the sum of his other works. A set of six crystal glasses are etched with Meier’s signature grid design.
Over the years, Meier says he has designed hundreds of products. Included in this amazing number are an eclectic array of objects—a champagne case for Dom Perignon, silver pieces for Swid Powell, Jack Markuse wristwatches and dishware for Arabia.
As early as the 1980s he was designing furniture for Knoll. You can still see some of those pieces in the Aye Simon Reading Room at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. It has been confirmed that “Meier is now working with Wiebe Elzenga (Former Knoll director for Europe) to expand and redesign the original collection. The new furniture will be available next year.”
On September 2, 2010 Richard Meir announced that he had received approval for his design to build actor Rowan Atkinson’s new home in Oxfordshire, England. Inspired by the site’s wide open spaces and green rolling hills, the design is classic Meier, elegant white and glass with clean modern lines.
Rowan Atkinson says of the collaboration with Meier, “My wife and I have always loved the simple, elegant classicism of Richard Meir’s architecture. Not only are we delighted to be building a house of his but we feel privileged to be building his first in Great Britain.”
Some of his best known architectural designs include The Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. In the same year, 1984, that Meier was awarded the much sought after commission to build the $1 billion Getty Center, he received the prestigious Pritzker Prize for Architecture.
In 2002, Meier submitted a design to the World Trade Center Memorial Square Competition. His vision was one which had at its core two separate “mega-structural buildings” rising 1,000 feet and forming ceremonial gateways leading into the site.
No profile of Richard Meier would be complete today without this innovative new design from Richard Meier & Partners for Wallpaper*Handmade. His idea, called Plug-in Farm, is a modular concept that embraces agricultural units among residential ones. It’s meant to bring the farm to the city and utilizes existing structures. How cool is that?
Richard Meier’s submission for the World Trade Center Memorial Square Competition
Richard Meier’s Items That Wow