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Economies of Scale from New Ravenna

Economies of Scale from New Ravenna

As it turns out, size does matter. Particularly when it comes to large mosaic patterns from Sara Baldwin’s New Ravenna showroom and warehouse on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She’s come up with a collection of hefty pieces of stone in familiar patterns – a response to customer requests for grander floors in their foyers. [...]

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First Light: ICA’s Decade of Collecting

First Light: ICA’s Decade of Collecting

Ten years after opening the doors to its Diller Scofidio + Renfro museum on Boston Harbor, the Institute for Contemporary Art is celebrating with an exhibition of its newly minted permanent collection. “There are 250 works in the collection – there are some incredibly prized objects,” says Ruth Erickson, associate curator. “They give the institution [...]

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Furniture Hand-Crafted by Jim Probst

Furniture Hand-Crafted by Jim Probst

Jim Probst is a self-taught woodworker who got his start when he realized he and his wife needed furniture for their new home. “My dad had a basement shop, and I thought: ‘I can make stuff,” he says. “Then I found out I enjoyed it.” He never looked back – eventually building his own shop, [...]

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At PEM, the Pleasure and Pain of Shoes

At PEM, the Pleasure and Pain of Shoes

There are the form-pressed “Nova” shoes designed by Zaha Hadid, with unsupported, six-and-two-tenths-of-an-inch heels. The Chinese lotus shoes, designed for bound feet. The now-infamous Vivienne Westwood blue platforms worn by Naomi Campbell during her runway fall in 1993. And others worn by David Beckham, Elton John, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother – and even Queen [...]

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In Boulder, Arch11′s Commercial Infill

In Boulder, Arch11′s Commercial Infill

The last infill site on 19th-century Walnut Street in Boulder, Colo. is now occupied by a building that works in context while speaking a 21st century language. “We wanted it to react to the solidity of the street but also to work within the proportions and cadence of the street,” says E. J. Meade, design principal [...]

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An Asheville Bauhaus Legacy Expands

An Asheville Bauhaus Legacy Expands

A 2014 grant got the ball rolling. Then a museum opened at 56 Broadway in 2015. Now the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM + AC) is expanding across the street in hip, tiny but growing Asheville, N.C. – with an architectural installation. It’s riding the crest of a resurgence of interest in [...]

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Sara Baldwin’s Gilt by Association

Sara Baldwin’s Gilt by Association

One of our all-time  favorite artisans is Sara Baldwin, who has a studio and operation on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She is, in fact, the largest employer in the town of Exmore, and she makes exquisite mosaics from exotic materials imported from all four corners of the earth, like the gold in this November [...]

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Discovering the Fine Art of Mailboxes

Discovering the Fine Art of Mailboxes

James Cutler was a 19th-century Rochester architect known not for his buildings, but his innovative contribution to the skyscraper. He invented the mailbox and its accompanying chute for tall buildings, with a patent approved in 1883. “Cutler presented his patent at a World’s Fair Exposition, and Otis Elevator was there too,” says Karen Greene, author [...]

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Balthazar Korab’s Architectural Images

Balthazar Korab’s Architectural Images

Photographer Balthazar Korab led a charmed life, if an initially difficult one. “His life story is as fascinating as his work,” says John Comazzi, who’s written and published a book with Princeton Architectural Press on Korab’s work. He was born in Budapest in 1926. His family fled Hungary in 1944 while the nation was still [...]

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Living with Nature on Bald Head Island

Living with Nature on Bald Head Island

Armed with a Ph. D in coastal oceanography, Suzanne Dorsey is leading the charge in learning to live with nature on a barrier island, through the Bald Head Island Conservancy. “Nobody’s out in front of us,” she says about the conservancy’s research and education efforts.  “The secret to our success is combining those two things.” Environmental scientists [...]

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