Tara Bernerd Designs for Rough Luxury

Tara Bernerd Designs for Rough Luxury

London-based designer Tara Bernerd describes her firm’s work on the Thompson Chicago hotel as rough luxury. Once known as Hotel 21, later as Le Meridien and then as Sutton Place, the Thompson has been reinvented for a new generation, with a younger, hipper touch. “We...

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In Chicago, Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Ave.

In Chicago, Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Ave.

Fresh from designing the spectacular Wright restaurant in New York’s Guggenheim Museum, architect Andre Kikoski  has now conquered Chicago. His design for Sophie’s, up on the seventh floor of Saks Fifth Avenue on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, is now open to the public. Open...

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In Atlanta, a SCADpad for Urban Living

In Atlanta, a SCADpad for Urban Living

Ubiquitous, overbuilt and underutilized, urban parking decks are going the way of the dinosaur. “About 50 percent are empty at all times,” says Christian Sottile, dean of the school of building arts at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). “The rate of private auto...

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On the Gold Coast, Thompson Chicago

On the Gold Coast, Thompson Chicago

It’s surrounded by a Ritz Carlton, a Four Seasons, a Peninsula, and a Waldorf Astoria. Down the block is Barney’s New York, Hermes, Vera Wang, and the Frye Company. But the Thompson Chicago – it’s actually the recently renovated Sutton Place – now holds its own on the...

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Wright’s Cantilevered Research Tower

Wright’s Cantilevered Research Tower

After an extensive 12-month interior and exterior renovation designed to bring new life to its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed tower in Racine, Wis., SC Johnson is opening it up to the public for the first time. A+A recently interviewed executives at SC Johnson for two posts, Friday...

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Wright’s SC Johnson Tower to Open

Wright’s SC Johnson Tower to Open

After an extensive 12-month interior and exterior renovation designed to bring new life to its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower in Racine, Wis., SC Johnson is opening it up to the public for the first time. A+A recently interviewed executives at SC Johnson for two...

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Robin Rose and the Language of Art

Robin Rose and the Language of Art

It’s not enough that he helped found the storied 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. Or played with his band, the Urban Verbs, at CBGB in New York. Or signed a record contract with Warner Brothers after Brian Eno saw them play. No. Robin Rose was destined for the realm of the...

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Florida’s First and Largest Green Roof

Florida’s First and Largest Green Roof

Miami-based Arquitectonica recently scored a Trifecta with its new School of International and Public Affairs for Florida International University (FIU), providing architecture, landscape architecture and interior design services for the project. Atop the building, the firm...

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Arquitectonica’s Diplomatic Statement

Arquitectonica’s Diplomatic Statement

Arquitectonica recently scored a Trifecta with its new School of International and Public Affairs for Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, providing architecture, landscape architecture and interior design services for the project. A+A interviewed members of the team...

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In Raleigh, A Home Tour for the Birds

In Raleigh, A Home Tour for the Birds

San Francisco may have its AIA-sponsored Sonoma Living Home Tours, and New York its Kips Bay Decorator Show House, but Raleigh’s annual spring home tour is a bird of a different feather. On May 17, its 10th annual Tour D’Coop will offer a look at some of the more innovative...

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America’s Public Library: The Legacy

America’s Public Library: The Legacy

Photographer Robert Dawson’s seen a great deal of change overcome the nation’s public libraries during the 18 years he’s been shooting them. “Libraries are under threat, with their hours and funding cut back,” he says. “But they’re now used more than at any other...

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Building Empires with Brandon Smith

Building Empires with Brandon Smith

Worn out after 14 years in commercial interior design in Los Angeles, Brandon Smith did what anyone else would do: He started a media empire. But not just any media empire. His is built on the belief that the future lies within the high-end lifestyles of California, the...

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Jewelry Inspired by Istanbul Mythology

Jewelry Inspired by Istanbul Mythology

By Nadine McCarthy Kahane Deeply influenced by the rich mythology of Turkey, Aida Bergsen has transitioned her art from sculpture to jewelry design. “Even the simplest street of Istanbul is an inspiration to me with its eclectic nature” Bergsen says. Countless civilizations...

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