2016 Winners of the Matsumoto Prize

2016 Winners of the Matsumoto Prize

Design/Build came out on top (again) in this year’s competition for the Matsumoto Prize, a competition initiated five years ago by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH). “We’ve had several win who’ve not been architects – North Carolina state law...

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A Vancouver Restaurant from a Fable

A Vancouver Restaurant from a Fable

Toronto’s Studio Munge, an interior design firm known for its work at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, the Park Hyatt Los Angeles and the Bisha Hotel in Toronto, recently completed work on Nightingale in Vancouver. We recently interviewed the designers about that...

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Rita Orrell and Her ‘Objects of Desire’

Rita Orrell and Her ‘Objects of Desire’

Here we have an interview with Rita Catinella Orrell, LEED GA, an author and design journalist working in New Jersey. She’s been a member of the design press for almost two decades, covering interior design, home furnishings, kitchen and bath design, and architectural...

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SieMatic, PIRCH Collaborate in SoHo

SieMatic, PIRCH Collaborate in SoHo

To hear Hans Henkes talk, the newest collaboration between SieMatic and PIRCH in SoHo is a match made in heaven. “We saw a brand alliance with them – they’re moving fast with great ideas and they’re trying to create the Apple store of appliances and...

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Mingling Art, Artisanship and the Law

Mingling Art, Artisanship and the Law

Sarah Schwartz and Ruby Geisler may come from polar opposite backgrounds, but piffle – it makes no difference. They met in 2008 in a California textile design school – Schwartz had studied law and engineering, while Geisler was an artist. Today, as Sarah and Ruby...

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Three Days to Explore Fallingwater

Three Days to Explore Fallingwater

One of the greatest programs sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, we wrote back in 2014, is the Insight/Onsite tour of Fallingwater. It’s still going strong today, and so we’re re-posting it now: For the Frank Lloyd Wright aficionado, it seems...

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Ike Isenhour Has a Reductionist’s Eye

Ike Isenhour Has a Reductionist’s Eye

Here we have a post from July 2014 about an interior designer who works in Texas, in Florence and in Venice, with serious attention to detail: Ike Isenhour calls himself a reductionist. His brand of interior architecture embraces the art of the essential. It’s not minimalism,...

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Welcome Beyond’s Authentic Travel

Welcome Beyond’s Authentic Travel

In 2012, we wrote about Berlin-based Chris Laugsch’s new concept in travel: Welcome Beyond. He and his brother founded their company two years earlier, believing that where you stay when you travel is as vital to your experience as what you see and do. Welcome Beyond...

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Gordon Bunshaft Meets Vicente Wolf

Gordon Bunshaft Meets Vicente Wolf

Here we have a post from July 2013, as timeless as the architect and interior designer involved in the project: A modernist icon designed by Gordon Bunshaft in 1950, Manhattan House is undergoing a rebirth. Its apartments are being renovated and sometimes combined. New tenants...

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An Updated Dogtrot by Hays + Ewing

An Updated Dogtrot by Hays + Ewing

The dogtrot house, long a staple of Appalachian architecture, has been reborn just north of Charlottesville, Va. Hays + Ewing Design Studio revisited the form for their clients, placing kitchen and living area at one end of the house and sleeping space and studio at the other....

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12 Dali Sculptures at Two Rodeo Drive

12 Dali Sculptures at Two Rodeo Drive

A gallery owner and a shopping center director in Beverly Hills have collaborated to bring 12 oversized Salvadore Dali sculptures to Rodeo Drive. Michael Schwartz, owner of Galerie Michael and Bill Wiley, director of Two Rodeo Drive pulled the indoor/outdoor exhibition together...

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Deborah Berke’s Rules of the House

Deborah Berke’s Rules of the House

July is proving to be quite the month for architect Deborah Berke. On July 1, she assumed the leadership role as dean at Yale University’s School of Architecture, succeeding Robert A. M. Stern, who’d served in that capacity since 1998. On July 12, Rizzoli will...

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Painting Venezia from St. Mark’s Bay

Painting Venezia from St. Mark’s Bay

Here we have a post from early 2012, about an artist who’s privileged to paint from the water in Venice: In art school, Alexander Creswell says, he was taught that watercolor was an apologetic medium used by little old ladies. He set out to prove that maxim wrong. “It...

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