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Homes Inspired by Tuscany & Curacao

Homes Inspired by Tuscany & Curacao

If you’re going to build a home based on the architecture of northern Italy or the Dutch West Indies, it’s probably a good idea to visit those places. That’s the reasoning that Ryan Perrone, vice president at Nautilus Homes, applies to his annual visits to Umbria and Curacao. He, his brother and father, all partners [...]

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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 your own. “You have to learn how to research a piece, negotiate consignment contracts and make [...]

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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 the dominant visual element. “Normally you look [...]

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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 by GQ magazine,” the banker-turned entrepreneur says. “It’s a [...]

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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 knew it, as did [...]

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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 Hotel Florida, during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. “I was [...]

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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 specialty? Sound studios. A studio by Grueneisen is unlike any that’s come [...]

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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. Now he’s followed up with similar patterns in glass – [...]

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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 featured for the qualities of high design, good materials and solid building methodology. [...]

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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 the client’s program of studies to its site. The buildings overlook Croatan Sound in [...]

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