The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

September 8, 2016
by Dan
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Richard Sapper’s Vision of the Future

At Curbed, Alexandra Lange discusses the work of German-born industrial designer Richard Sapper, and a new book about his work published by Phaidon: When Los Angeles-based designer Jonathan Olivares first met Richard Sapper in 2008 in Milan, Sapper’s adopted home, he … Continue reading

August 13, 2015
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The Real-World Architecture of Monument Valley

Architecture critic Alexandra Lange, author of Writing About Architecture, talks to the creators of Monument Valley — an award-winning video game in which players must navigate the Princess Ida through a maze of impossible buildings and architectural puzzles — for Curbed: Much of Monument Valley … Continue reading

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