February 12, 2013
“Arabesque I”, by Michael Graves
Heartwarming story of the day: A Chicago rug vendor has tapped several architecture superstars for a new collection that aims to help impoverished Afghan women. The designs by Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, Zaha Hadid, Robert A.M. Stern, Margaret McCurry, and Stanley Tigerman will be sold through Arzu Studio Hope, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of Afghan weavers and their families. The company is based on a model of social entrepreneurship that seeks to break the cycle of poverty by providing women steady income and access to basic services by sourcing and selling the rugs they weave. See the designs!