Cool Spaces! is a TV series and website that showcases what's new and exciting in the world of architecture and design.
National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Let There Be Light

Let’s face it: there are certain spaces that demand more risk-taking from designers than others. For architects and others looking to make a bold statement with dramatic impact, lighting is a powerful way to achieve that effect. Whether it’s for hotels, restaurants, or lobbies,...
Posted On 23 Jan 2014

Deconstructing the Carpet for Design Possibilities

Most of us are probably not too familiar with the history of carpet, despite its ubiquitous nature in North America, where it exploded in popularity in the mid- and late 20th century. To the untrained eye, it looks like not much has changed over the years other than colors and...
Posted On 17 Jan 2014

Happy Birthday to a Seating Icon

When Herman Miller’s cutting-edge Aeron chair hit the market in 1994, everyone knew the iconic furniture manufacturer had once again reinvented an important aspect of the modern office. This became even clearer in the years that followed, evidenced by the chair’s sales numbers...
Posted On 15 Jan 2014

The Writing on the Wall

There was a time when parents cringed upon discovering their children with crayons or markers in hand, standing proudly next to their latest art project on the living room wall. Those days are long gone, thanks to the introduction of dry erase paint that’s now readily available....
Posted On 13 Jan 2014

Seating Homage to a Beloved Droid

When it comes to furniture as straightforward as the stool, you can’t find a more elegant, understated design than architect Alvar Aalto’s iconic stool 60, created in 1933 for Finnish manufacturer Artek. But when Turkish furniture company Nurus introduced its R2 stool last year,...
Posted On 11 Jan 2014

Welcome to the Jungle

When reggae icon Bob Marley penned the lyrics to his 1973 hit “Concrete Jungle,” he could not have been aware of the term “building-integrated agriculture” (BIA) — or “agri-tecture,” as it is sometimes called — because it wasn’t coined until 2007. If he had, perhaps the late Tuff...
Posted On 10 Jan 2014

Feeling Blue? Lighten Up!

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is no laughing matter. Ask the average Scandinavian during the depth of winter, and she’ll tell you the absence of daylight begins to wear on the psyche, resulting in feelings of depression. In fact, according to a CNN article, nearly 20 percent...
Posted On 09 Jan 2014

The Toilet Goes High-Tech

The bathroom isn’t a place where you’d expect to find a lot of high-tech. But leave it to the folks at Kohler to bring the latest digital innovations into the stall. As this promotional video illustrates, the Numi toilet is about as advanced as the average smart...
Posted On 08 Jan 2014

Sit … or Stand? It’s Up to You

It’s a well-documented fact that prolonged sitting time in the workplace can lead to a number of health-related ailments among sedentary workers. Negative health outcomes — including cardiovascular disease and obesity — have led many to the conclusion that it’s better to stand...
Posted On 07 Jan 2014

Perfectly Imperfect: New Directions in Wood

“Life is not a straight line.” You don’t have to look any further than out your window to find this truism on display. For those that want to bring the concept inside, start by checking out the products from surfacing and flooring manufacturer Boleform. Thanks to advancements in...
Posted On 06 Jan 2014