The Winter 2016 Elodie Collection

The Winter 2016 Elodie Collection

A close encounter at ICFF between Mary Jo Miller and Elodie Blanchard developed first into a symbiotic relationship – and then some very intriguing textile designs. Miller is vice president of design at HBF Textiles. The French-born Blanchard attended the École des...

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At Auction: A Wright Usonian Home

At Auction: A Wright Usonian Home

A house with a one-of-a-kind pedigree soon will hit the auction block in Los Angeles. Built in 1939 – the same year as Fallingwater – it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, its construction supervised by a young John Lautner. Its most recent owners were Jack Larson...

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In Los Angeles, ‘Mad About Design’

In Los Angeles, ‘Mad About Design’

For Westweek 2016 – themed “Mad About Design” – the Pacific Design Center (PDC) is looking back to a modern Draper from the past. No – not Don Draper from Mad Men. Rather, it’s the larger-than-life look of Dorothy Draper that PDC has set its...

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Note Cards Inspired by Henry Thoreau

Note Cards Inspired by Henry Thoreau

A crash course in reading Henry David Thoreau led a vacationing Kevin Lippert, founder of Princeton Architectural Press, to publish a series of note cards based on the author’s inspirational words. “It was a great educational experience for me – I hadn’t...

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Paola Paronetto’s Works in Paper Clay

Paola Paronetto’s Works in Paper Clay

From the province of Pordenone, on the northeast border of Italy, comes some of the most delicate and fragile works ever borne of  paper and clay. It’s created by ceramicist Paola Paronetto. At Maison & Objet in Paris in September, she’ll present the collection...

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Tom Rossau’s Danish Lighting Designs

Tom Rossau’s Danish Lighting Designs

Danish artisan Tom Rossau takes raw panels of birch veneer, one-and-a-half meters square, then cuts them into strips – and turns them into lampshades. It’s a meticulous business. “There are tiny differences from one to the next and they behave slightly...

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Photo Note Cards from San Francisco

Photo Note Cards from San Francisco

If the photography in the newest note card set from Princeton Architectural Press seems fairly exquisite, that’s because Fred Lyon has been shooting since he was 13. He’s 91 today – and he’s been photographing San Francisco since the end of the Second...

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A Landscape Design for Jeddah Tower

A Landscape Design for Jeddah Tower

So how do you select a landscape architect for the tallest building in the world? If you’re smart, you seek out the firm that’s mastered landscapes at the Shanghai Tower in China and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, among others. More specifically, you’d look for...

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Cinematic Design at Knoll in Houston

Cinematic Design at Knoll in Houston

Taking cues from their previous designs for two new Knoll showrooms – one in New York and another in San Franscisco – designers at Architecture Research Office (ARO) developed a cinematic approach for the company’s newest presence in Houston. “It’s...

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Kitsch Is Cool at Utah State University

Kitsch Is Cool at Utah State University

The industrial revolution gave us a number of substantial benefits – mass production and a rising middle class among them. But kitsch art, too, was a byproduct born of that era. “Derived from ‘verkitschen’ (German for “to make cheap”), kitsch...

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In New York, Debating Organic Design

In New York, Debating Organic Design

Seventy-five years later, the debate is still fresh. A 1941 home furnishings show at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has inspired a new exhibition aimed at spurring discussions about organic design today The Garden in the Machine: Organic Design 1930 to the Present at the...

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In Calgary, a New St. Patrick’s Island

In Calgary, a New St. Patrick’s Island

Up in Calgary, 78 miles down the Bow River from Banff and the melting glaciers, lies an 25-acre island in the middle of the city. Filled in and reshaped during the early parts of the 20th century, its highest and best use then was deemed as camp sites for car-campers. But for...

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The Dangers and Effects of Speculation

The Dangers and Effects of Speculation

Christopher Marcinkoski is an assistant professor of landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Pennsylvania, and a licensed architect and founding director at PORT urbanism. He’s also the author of the newly released The City that Never Was (Princeton...

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