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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The Curious Facts About Cottage Time

The Curious Facts About Cottage Time

A+A is currently sojourning at a favorite beach on a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina. Here, some years back, a friend asked for a few written words on the nature of Cottage Time. We happily obliged him, and today, though he’s no longer with us, the words he...

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Justyn Livingston’s Archetypal Tiles

Justyn Livingston’s Archetypal Tiles

One of A+A’s favorite artisans — and one of the first we wrote about — is Justyn Livingston. Her work is inspired by her extensive travels and the things she’s encountered along the way. A few weeks back, we asked her for a few words on how she’s come to...

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Chris Poehlmann’s Lighting Experiments

Chris Poehlmann’s Lighting Experiments

Regina Connell’s interview with lighting designer Christopher Poehlmann continues today: How do you stay fresh, with all your custom work going on? I have valued innovation and exploration over financial concerns from the start. My early years were all about throwing...

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Christopher Poehlmann’s Lighting as Art

Christopher Poehlmann’s Lighting as Art

By Regina Connell. Having interviewed a number of lighting designers, I’ve found that they’re a pretty talented, cerebral bunch. They have to be artisans and thus know about materials and design and all that, and they have to know a little something about practical...

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Working with the Vernacular of Cabo

Working with the Vernacular of Cabo

By Nikky Streeter Travel is great for design inspiration — sometimes all it takes is a week in different climes to gather up a host of new ideas. But what’s even better is getting to design for one of these inspiring, faraway places. That was the case for Thomas A....

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Touring Cuba and Hemingway’s House

Touring Cuba and Hemingway’s House

Anyone with a serious desire for an intimate look at Cuba would do well to sign up for an upcoming tour in early December. It’s the first-ever sponsored by the intrepid Finca Vigia Foundation, aimed at raising money for its efforts to preserve Ernest Hemingway’s legacy...

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A Grant for Carolina’s Bauhaus Legacy

A Grant for Carolina’s Bauhaus Legacy

A museum in Asheville, N.C., dedicated to preserving the modernist legacy of Black Mountain College, yesterday received a grant of almost $650,000 to pursue its mission. The college, which operated outside Asheville from 1933 to 1957, was led by Bauhaus master Josef Albers. The...

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In Charleston, ‘Nest’ by Cortney Bishop

In Charleston, ‘Nest’ by Cortney Bishop

Asked to help create a mixed-use community on a former seed farm in North Charleston, S.C., interior designer Cortney Bishop looked to the property’s roots. More specifically, she looked to a 1921 poster advertising the farm’s wares. “It’s a modern twist on Americana,...

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Dwell on Design’s Debut in New York

Dwell on Design’s Debut in New York

After nine years in Los Angeles, with 31,000 visitors annually and a reputation as the largest design event in the nation, Dwell on Design is setting its sights a little higher. From Oct. 9-11, it will lead a series of discussions about architecture and design – in New York....

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ArquitectonicaGEO: Pérez Art Museum

ArquitectonicaGEO: Pérez Art Museum

This summer, the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects recognized ArquitectonicaGEO ‘s work on Pérez Art Museum Miami, with an Award of Excellence and the prestigious Frederic B. Stresau Award, granted annually to one project in recognition of...

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Ani Kasten’s Natural Affinity for Clay

Ani Kasten’s Natural Affinity for Clay

Ani Kasten was a rising senior at the University of Michigan in 2000, when her parents took her to visit a friend who was a ceramics artist on a sheep farm in Shropshire, England. “His studio was in a 13th-century sheep barn, and he lived in a farmhouse on the property,” she...

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