The Getty Foundation Keeps It Modern

The Getty Foundation Keeps It Modern

The Getty Foundation is doing its part to preserve the legacy of modern architecture – and expand the base of knowledge about 20th-century material use. Earlier this month, the foundation announced its first 10 grants aimed at respected modern masterpieces. The recipients...

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In Los Angeles, Modernism at Auction

In Los Angeles, Modernism at Auction

There’s no university for learning the art auctioneering business, says Peter Loughrey, executive director of Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA). Sure, Sotheby’s and Christie’s offer a few masters-level courses, but if you’re serious about it, you’re pretty much on...

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Transforming a 1950s California Ranch

Transforming a 1950s California Ranch

For (fer) studio, the Kim residence in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif. was more than a renovation. It was a transformation. Snugged into a hillside in Los Angeles County, the approach to the 1950s ranch-style home was down a steep slope and a winding drive. Its shingle roof was...

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Spin Ceramics, on Crosby St. in SoHo

Spin Ceramics, on Crosby St. in SoHo

When Clay Cunningham decided to launch his first U.S. store for Spin Ceramics – a coveted brand of Chinese tabletop porcelain – he chose Crosby Street in New York’s SoHo district as its location. For good reason. “It was voted the coolest shopping street in America...

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At the Front in the Spanish Civil War

At the Front in the Spanish Civil War

If you were a serious war correspondent in the late 1930s, there were only two places to take up your craft: One was inside the walls of the Hotel Florida in Madrid – and the other was on the front lines in the war between Spain’s fascist and Republican armies. Hemingway...

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Hotel Florida in the Spanish Civil War

Hotel Florida in the Spanish Civil War

Author Amanda Vaill, whose Everybody Was So Young (Houghton Mifflin, 1998) described how the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy intertwined with the likes of Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Archibald MacLeish in 1920s Paris and the French Riviera, has discovered a new nexus: Madrid’s...

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Italian Made from Hastings Tile & Bath

Italian Made from Hastings Tile & Bath

Hastings Tile & Bath is campaigning to bring color – and lots of it – to the bath. Its new Made collection of vanities cabinets are available in more that 50 colors, including metallics, with matte, gloss or lacquered oak finish. “It’s about design flexibility, so...

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Edgy Architecture for the Sound Studio

Edgy Architecture for the Sound Studio

To call Peter Grueneisen an architect for the stars would be an understatement. Since the early 1990s, the Swiss-born, SCI-arc-educated designer has been working with clients like Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Ice-T, Will Smith, the Dave Matthews Band and David Lynch. His...

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Paul Schatz and the Magic of Milaflores

Paul Schatz and the Magic of Milaflores

Paul Schatz is batting .1000. He released a new line of limestone and marble tile through New Ravenna three years ago. The tiles mingle Spanish Colonial- and Islamic-influnced designs, in a light and graceful color palette of teals and turquoise. He called the line Miraflores....

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From Dwell, a Home Tour in Manhattan

From Dwell, a Home Tour in Manhattan

When Dwell on Design New York moves into Manhattan next month, it’ll be paired with a five-home tour on Saturday, Oct. 11. Dwell Home Tours will feature an uber-chic residential quintet, curated by the magazine’s clued-in editorial staff. They’ve selected the homes...

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In Carolina, Marrying Program to Site

In Carolina, Marrying Program to Site

It’s a sensitive solution to a 21st-century challenge. Near North Carolina’s Outer Banks, architects at Clark Nexsen have carefully sited two new structures to house an institute dedicated to studying the fragile Carolina coastline. In essence, the designers sought to marry...

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Wry Humor, Good Design: designPOP

Wry Humor, Good Design: designPOP

The cover says it all. Padded, neon pink and vinyl-covered, its title – designPOP – is de-bossed. There’s a wry sense of humor at work here, and more of that to come inside. “The whole idea of humor and of simplifying design is to bridge an industry that’s often...

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Ceramic Tiles Lifted from Utility Poles

Ceramic Tiles Lifted from Utility Poles

By John Whitmarsh As an artist, I’m always on the hunt for common, everyday objects that I can transform into something exalted. So when utility poles kept catching my eye, I started to hatch a plan for creating a tiled wall mosaic. Utility poles are a ubiquitous sight in...

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