Richard Avedon’s Portraits of Power

Richard Avedon’s Portraits of Power

Two seminal bodies of photography by one of the great American portraitists of the 1960s and ’70s soon will be on display in Philadelphia. Richard Avedon: Family Affairs will open on April 1 at the National Museum of American Jewish History in that city. The two projects...

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Hypernatural: Brave. New. Designs.

Hypernatural: Brave. New. Designs.

First there was biomimicry; now there’s hypernatural architecture. Artists, architects and students worldwide are beginning to explore the concept of designing with crystals and algae. At the International Building Exhibition in Hamburg in 2012, the BIQ House debuted with...

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At Chicago’s Kids Science Labs: Why?

At Chicago’s Kids Science Labs: Why?

The pivotal question at the Kids Science Labs in Chicago, designed by Woodhouse Tinucci Architects, is simple enough: Why? As in: Why are the walls made of plywood? Why is there no ceiling? Why is it okay to write on the walls – or to throw things at them or even over...

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Jim Marshall’s Iconic 1960s Photos

Jim Marshall’s Iconic 1960s Photos

Jim Marshall’s success as a photographer can be attributed to his insistence on one non-negotiable term from his subjects: Access to everything. “He’d rather not be paid and not eat than not have total access,” says Amelia Davis, his former assistant. A...

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Michael Golden’s Avenue Mosaic Tiles

Michael Golden’s Avenue Mosaic Tiles

Michael Golden is striving to bring mosaics to the masses. At Avenue Mosaic, the RISD grad and alumnus of Hastings Tile (he says he got started with a part-time job that turned into a full-time career there) Golden likes to spot emerging trends, match them, and then produce them...

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Gaetano Pesce at Allouche in SoHo

Gaetano Pesce at Allouche in SoHo

Gaetano Pesce is a 21st-century Renaissance man. It seems inevitable. His mother was from Venice, his father from Florence, and he grew up between the two, eventually attending the University School of Architecture in Venice. As a result, he defines his work in an...

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Mohamad Kanaan’s New Mirror Chairs

Mohamad Kanaan’s New Mirror Chairs

A poem, a chair, a mirror, and a memory. That’s the essence of Mohamad Kanaan’s newest project, called Mirror Chairs The 25-year-old, who studied architecture at the American University of Beirut and earned his MFA from the Art Institute in Chicago, has created three...

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A Sukkah City in Union Square Park

A Sukkah City in Union Square Park

A newly released documentary film by director Jason Hutt examines a one-of-a-kind architecture competition in New York. Sukkah City, to be released March 24 by First Run Features, takes a 67-minute look at an competition to design and build sukkahs, the huts that are part of the...

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Michael Graves, Architect: 1934 -2015

Michael Graves, Architect: 1934 -2015

Some of us have been filling his teakettles with water since the 1980s, while others have been filling his cookie jars with spare change for a decade or more. But it’s Michael Graves’ “Images of a Grand Tour” that fills us, in turn, with true wonder and...

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ODA: Factory to Condos in DUMBO

ODA: Factory to Condos in DUMBO

The condos at 51 Jay Street are all about a turn-of-the-20th-century industrial aesthetic. Where boxcars once rolled in and out of a factory floor in what’s now Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood, residents will soon come and go as though in a train station....

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Tile Envy: A Book by Deborah Osburn

Tile Envy: A Book by Deborah Osburn

Deborah Osburn is a guru and an evangelist. Not for a cult or a religion, but for artisanal tile. And not those old salt-and-pepper, bull-nosed, functional bathroom ceramics, but something a little loftier. She’s a champion of transcendent tiles – the ones...

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On Lake Michigan, Rethinking the ’80s

On Lake Michigan, Rethinking the ’80s

A Peter Lik photograph provided the thematic tones that tie together Shane Inman’s recent redesign of a Lake Michigan retreat. “He takes pictures of landscapes and infuses them with bold color that’s almost shocking,” the interior designer says. “I...

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Vintage Lighting from Futility Studios

Vintage Lighting from Futility Studios

A biostatistician during the week, Joseph Wislar restores and customizes vintage cars on the weekends. Currently, he can boast of a ’59 Chevy and a ’65 Econoline; he just sold a 1963 Corvair. That leaves him with a bounty of spare auto parts, so he’s taken to...

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