Being the archi-geeks and design nerds that we are, when it comes to crushes, we'd take a Ban over a Bieber any day. This Valentine's day we're sending out 8 special "love notes" to our favorite architects and designers to show just how much we admire their work, innovation and ingenuity. Read on to see which sustainable design and architecture stars the Inhabitat editors are personally sweating over, and let us know in the comments which architect or designer makes your heart flutter the most!
Mike‘s Design Crush: Michelle Kaufmann
Ever since Inhabitat first met Michelle Kaufmann back in 2007, we’ve had a huge crush on her groundbreaking brand of sustainable design – she proved that green prefabricated homes can be every bit as beautiful as they are efficient and light on earth. It’s also a love that lasts – she weathered the housing crisis of the past few years and went on to found a brand new design firm, Michelle Kaufmann Studio.
Bridgette‘s Design Crush: Marc Kushner
You opened a portal to architecture and our souls through Architizer. We spend hours poring through your site, daydreaming about new designs and the thought of one day visiting each and every site. Our hearts are aflutter with your new design for Wendy at PS1 and we’ll be waiting with bated breath until it goes up this summer. Whether it’s your writing, your designs at HWKN or your passion for architecture, we are smitten.
Diane‘s Design Crush: Jeanne Gang
Last year Jeanne Gang sent the architecture world buzzing – as well as our hearts – with her MacArthur Genius Grant win. Best known for her groundbreaking, curvaceous Aqua Tower in Chicago, Gang has also proved that skyscraper design isn’t just for men. With her fair share of landmark buildings either completed or in progress, this architect knows more than a thing or two about beautiful, green and innovative architecture.
Yuka’s Design Crush: Shigeru Ban
Guys that can benchpress their own weight don’t really do it for us, but a man that can build a cardboard bridge that supports his own weight? Now, we’re talking! Architect Shigeru Ban has been at the top of our crushlist for quite some time now, and it’s easy to see why we’re BAN-anas for him. Not only is he a whiz at constructing massive monuments out of recycled materials and paper, he’s always cooking up designs that help the greater good, which is exactly what Inhabitat is all about.
Jasmin‘s Design Crush: Lauren Moffatt
In a milieu filled with inspired-by-the-boys silhouettes, Lauren Moffatt isn’t afraid to be a girl. Awash in kaleidoscopic prints, fondant-inspired hues, and vintage touches, Moffatt’s ladylike (and all-American-made) wares are almost good enough to eat.
Jessica‘s Design Crush: The NYC Low Line Team
Since they unveiled the spectacular proposal for the NYC Low Line (aka the Delancey Underground park) back in September, architect James Ramsey and designer Dan Barasch have been two of the hottest names in New York City. It seems that no one (us included!) can stop talking about their plan to transform an abandoned trolley station beneath the Lower East Side into a lush subterranean green space. Many said the design was too “out-there,” but the ambitious plan prompted the MTA to release a video of the space, and the Low Line team is already moving forward with their design. Recently they created a working small-scale prototype of the sunlight irrigation system that would bring natural light to the Low Line. We love that Ramsey and Barasch are working hard to bring the Low Line to life, even without knowing if it’s a sure-bet. The duo’s enthusiasm and drive is infectious — let’s make this happen!
Diane’s Design Crush: Ted Mosby
So maybe Ted Mosby isn’t a “real life architect”, and he’s arguably one of the most annoying characters of TV, but if there’s one thing this ‘How I Met Your Mother’ character is, it’s passionate about architecture. We also love the fact that he has a budding career in a field that is grossly underrepresented in entertainment — ad men, plastic surgeons, singing gym teachers? We say: who cares?! As jaded as Ted may become by love, it’s his undying commitment to the design craft that earns him gold in our, wait for it…….. hearts.
Yuka’s Design Crush: Ice Cube
With immensely successful rapping and acting careers, Ice Cube is one of the most multi-dimensional men on the planet (is that why they call him “cube”?), so we were only momentarily surprised to hear that he is also a student of architecture. Not many people on the planet can drop knowledge about Charles and Ray Eames while simultaneously riding on 22s and making it look oh, so effortless, so we have to give props to Mr. Cube. And if this ode doesn’t convince you of how much we adore him, check out this pillow we made to immortalize our favorite Ice Cube quote.