Above the Fold: Agent for Architects

Above the Fold: Agent for Architects

First of all, there’s the agency’s name: Above the Fold implies both a roster of A-list clients and a familiarity with the value of prime placement in the news. Then there’s the concept: total representation for architects, along the lines of what an agent does...

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150 of the Best Ideas for Small Spaces

150 of the Best Ideas for Small Spaces

Harper Collins has just released “150 Best Mini Interior Ideas,” by Francesc Zamora Mola. At eight-by-eight inches in size, it may seem diminutive at first glance, but its 504 pages are jam-packed with simple and beautiful ideas for designing small spaces. A+A...

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The Saga of Harry Allen’s Pig Bank

The Saga of Harry Allen’s Pig Bank

Sometimes, things are just meant to be. That’s what New York industrial designer Harry Allen discovered along the way to creating his pig bank. It was to be part of his “Reality” collection of decorative objects for the home. Inspired in 2003 by the advent of...

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Views of Beirut and the Mediterranean

Views of Beirut and the Mediterranean

Here we have a high-rise in Beirut that’s akin to a pair of bifocals. 109 Architects has created a 14-story residential structure that looks out to the streetscape on its lower levels – and out to the Mediterranean Sea from above. “The approach is mainly urban...

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New RISD President Is an Artisan Too

New RISD President Is an Artisan Too

The Rhode Island School of Design’s (RISD) new president sees her administrative duties through the eyes of an artisan. She should – Rosanne Somerson was once a RISD student who earned her degree in industrial design. That was before RISD offered degrees in furniture...

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In Vermont, Five Musicians’ Cottages

In Vermont, Five Musicians’ Cottages

Spartan is the first word that first comes to mind here. Five cottages in Marlboro, Vt. – a tiny town near the Green Mountains, home to the equally tiny, 200-student Marlboro College – take their cues from the 18th-century farmhouses that make up the campus....

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A Campaign Looking Up to Architects

A Campaign Looking Up to Architects

For the next three years, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is asking a national audience to do something that seems a little simple, but in fact is quite profound: Look up. It’s part of an integrated campaign that broke in December with social media, then...

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Basking in the South Carolina Breezes

Basking in the South Carolina Breezes

It’s always nice to see a plan comes together: While Boston braces for 13 more inches of snow this weekend – along with wind gusts up to 70 mph – a pair of that city’s expats will be basking in breezes warmed by the coastal South Carolina sun....

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In Hampton Bays, Ponquogue Manor

In Hampton Bays, Ponquogue Manor

As is the case for many architects visiting Venice for the first time, Bernard Zyscovich found the scales falling from his eyes there. A 23-year-old Pratt student at the time, he’d been turned loose for a year to experience that Italian kaleidoscope of light,...

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A Laurel Canyon Home in Manhattan

A Laurel Canyon Home in Manhattan

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Kat Cohen has transformed her Turtle Bay home in New York into a reminder of the California she left behind. “It’s like a cool Laurel Canyon house,” she says. The townhouse on East 51st Street was renovated in the mid 1950s by...

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Ennead’s Humanist Research Machine

Ennead’s Humanist Research Machine

A productive collision, the architects at Ennead Architects like to call it. As in Jonas Salk, stumped in his search for a polio vaccine, bumping into a colleague in a stairwell and describing his dilemma. As it turned out, the fellow had written a paper on the problem a decade...

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‘B Is for Bauhaus, Y is for YouTube’

‘B Is for Bauhaus, Y is for YouTube’

Not since Herb Lubalin’s “U&lc”  folded in 1999 has there been a publication like this one. Sure, it’s a small book, but it’s thick, at 474 pages. It’s deep, too, with a title of “B is for Bauhaus, Y is for YouTube.” And...

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In Austin, the Look of Charred Wood

In Austin, the Look of Charred Wood

An ancient method of charring wood to preserve it – while rendering it insect-free and fire-resistant – now proudly calls its Texas home. Shou Sugi Ban has been used for centuries as exterior siding in Japan, where cedar or pine is burned, then cleaned and finished...

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