Friday Five with Daniel Libeskind

Poland-born, New York-based architect Daniel Libeskind’s instantly recognizable work straddles genres, easily sliding into both categories of art and architecture. His life brought him to America in 1964 where he became a citizen and eventually set up shop, but not before establishing his architectural studio in Berlin in 1989. Libeskind’s 2003 move to the States was brought on by being selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment. With everything from museums, concert halls, convention centers, shopping centers, and residential towers under his belt, he continues to execute his grand ideas of thought-provoking and gravity-defying design with astute precision. Just recently, we were lucky to get a close-up look at a permanent sculpture he designed in collaboration with Cosentino made out of their Dekton® material at their headquarters in Macael, Spain. One word – unforgettable. Next up, he’s the keynote speaker at the inaugural Dwell on Design NY being held October 9 – 11, 2014. Let’s take a look at what and where this master finds inspiration, in this week’s Friday Five.

1. A pair of crocodile cowboy boots
Because they are very comfortable and have no shoelaces.


2. My pilot pen
Because it doesn’t leak and it’s beautiful.


3. My Malevich teapot and cups
Because it’s not a teapot, but an idea of a teapot, and they are not cups but ideas of cups.

4. My Shakespeare Folio of 1623 – Facsimile
Because it’s just as good as the original and it’s the only book you need on desert island.

5. A kabuki mask
Because its expression is never the same.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.