Mikasa tableware based on buildings.
TRUCK is a group of architects who joined forces several years ago to create architecturally inspired home products. Last year, they partnered with Studio Nova , one of Mikasa’s brands, to produce its first line of tableware. Although they have several different patterns, the building-inspired ones are the most appealing.
TRUCK based the pattern of these plates, bowls and mugs on 2 Columbus Circle, the landmark 1965 building by Edward Durrell Stone. The building is often referred to as "the lollipop building" because of it's circular opening at the top of the ground level columns.
I had the pleasure of going to an event there about 8 years ago when it housed NYC's Cultural Affairs Department (the agency moved out in 1998 and the building has been vacant since then.) Now it is slated to be sold and renovated as a permanent home for the Museum of Arts and Design. The Museum wants to completely change the facade and since the building is a nationally recognized (but controversial) icon of the Modern Movement, there have been numerous panel discussions and debates about the preservation of the building. The building is currently listed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places of 2004."