Aileen Kwun 
is a design writer, cultural critic, and editor based in New York City.

Selected writing

Features & essays
One garment’s journey through history (New York Times, Sunday Styles)
What a track suit says about a nation (New York Times, Sunday Styles)
It’s time to rethink chinoiserie (ELLE Decor)
Chicago Architecture Biennial tackles land rights, social justice, and more (CNN Style)
Lights, camera, fashion: It’s Christmas time at the Garabedian house (CNN Style)
How the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign got its powerful design (Fast Company, Co.Design)
Fashion’s branding crisis (Fast Company, Co.Design)
Art in the age of Instagram (CNN Style)
Fashion gaffes are a reflection of the industry’s diversity problem (CNN Style)
How the world’s leading designers are thinking about the climate crisis (CNN Style)
Alexander Girard’s designs were a love letter to folk art (Artsy)
Home ergonomics: Bill Stumpf on Julia Child (Herman Miller)
Frame by frame: Films by the Eameses (Herman Miller)
Design trends that defined the 2010s (Architectural Digest, AD Pro)

Home & Interiors
Color, craft, and comfort at Milan Design Week (New York Times, Sunday Styles)
A fashion stylist who found inspiration in new surroundings (T: The New York Times Style Magazine)
How design could solve the gendered bathroom debate (Architectural Digest, AD Pro)
Americans need home design that welcomes everyone (Architectural Digest, AD Pro)
The house that Sottsass built — on Maui (Dwell)
The secret paint colors that renowned art museums love (Artsy)


We dissent: Design of the Women’s Movement in New York (Eye)
Please do not touch (Surface)
Thinking Machines: Art and design in the computer age (Blueprint)
A Colorful Life: Gere Kavanaugh, designer (Eye)
Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical (Blueprint)
Talk to Me: Design and the communication between people and objects (Icon)
Hello Design: Where design meets life (Icon)
Martha Rosler’s Meta-Monumental Garage Sale (Domus)

Interviews & profiles

Sarah Zapata, textile artist (T: The New York Times Style Magazine)
Nicole Katz, owner of Paper Chase Press (99U)
Lance Wyman, graphic designer (August Journal)
Paola Antonelli, MoMA design curator (Monocle, Salone Newspaper)
Tahar Asad-Bakhtiari, textile designer (Surface)
David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler, graphic designers (Eye)
Jane Thompson, designer and editor (Disegno)
Nathalie Du Pasquier, illustrator and artist (Surface)
Robert Irwin, artist (Surface)
Wang Jianwei, artist (Surface)
Pierre Huyghe, artist (Surface)

Lifestyle, product & tech
The Five Senses (story archive at The Slowdown)
The wild future of 4D design (Fast Company, Co.Design)
Materials and tools that are taking making to the future (Metropolis)
The computer mouse (Icon)

Twenty Over Eighty: Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design (Author, Princeton Architectural Press)
Innovation by Design: Creative Ideas That Transform the Way We Live and Work (Contributing author, Abrams)
Drama, Rockwell Group (Contributing author, Phaidon)
All Possible Futures: Unrealized Archive (Contributing author, Stripe SF)
Colophon Foundry, Five Years (Author, Colophon)
Dress (Editor, SVA D-Crit)