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100 Designs for the Modern World

100 Designs for the Modern World

George Kravis bought his first object of industrial design – an RCA 45 rpm record-changer – in 1949. He never looked back. In fact, he moved far forward, collecting more than 3,500 items that he now houses in a leased, climate-controlled, former Blue Cross/Blue Shield office building in Tulsa, Okla. The Kravis Design Center is [...]

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In Durham, the New JB Duke Hotel

In Durham, the New JB Duke Hotel

Durham is on a roll – with five new hotels in just the past two years. First came 21c, then the Durham, then Aloft, followed by a Residence Inn. Now comes JB Duke, adjacent to the Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, consistently named best in the nation by Bloomberg and Business Week. JB Duke [...]

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In San Francisco, an Eichler Townhome

In San Francisco, an Eichler Townhome

Architect John Klopf, master of the Joseph Eichler home renovation in northern California, recently completed work on a novel version of the midcentury modern: It’s a 1962 two-story townhouse, the mirror image of its twin next door. “It’s cool even though it’s a townhouse – when you walk up the stairs to the entry through [...]

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Twenty over Eighty: Living for Design

Twenty over Eighty: Living for Design

Here we have a story, as they say in the news business, with legs. And long ones, at that. Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith have interviewed 20 of the greats in 20th-century design for their new book that covers the waterfront – from graphic design to architecture to advertising to furniture. They spoke with Seymour [...]

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Twenty Years at Horse & Buggy Press

Twenty Years at Horse & Buggy Press

The smallest job Dave Wofford’s designed and printed at Horse & Buggy Press in Durham, N.C. was a 112 page book for a Chapel Hill church and school. That was a print run of just one book. “They wanted a book instead of a wall plaque,” he says of the commemorative project. The largest was [...]

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In Miami, the View from Villa Venetian

In Miami, the View from Villa Venetian

Viewers glancing at the image to the right might mistake that vista off in the distance for Giudecca Island, just a few minutes by private launch from San Marco Square in Venice. But they’d be wrong – about everything except the name. That’s downtown Miami in the distance, as seen from an infinity edge pool [...]

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Casa de las Lomas, a Home with a View

Casa de las Lomas, a Home with a View

The Casa de las Lomas, or House of the Hills, is all about the view. Not of the hills, though. This 8,000 square-foot home, inspired by the stone architecture of Toledo and Andalusia in Spain, looks away from them. And though it’s sited on a hill outside Austin, architect Michael Imber declined to place it [...]

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In Boulder, a Phoenix from the Ashes

In Boulder, a Phoenix from the Ashes

Colorado-based sculptor Jerry Wingren was mounting a show in New York when word came about the forest fire back at his home, twenty minutes west of Boulder. “My whole studio burned down – my tools were gone and my work was gone,” he says. “The fire took out 200 houses and 6,000 acres.” His insurance [...]

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Riccardo De Cal Photography: Venice

Riccardo De Cal Photography: Venice

Yesterday, we reviewed JoAnn Locktov’s newest book, Dream of Venice: Architecture. Today we’re presenting an interview, conducted this week via email, with the Italian photographer for the book, Riccardo De Cal, along with a slideshow of his work: How long have you been a photographer? I’ve been taking photos since I was in my 17th [...]

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A Dream of Venice in Words + Photos

A Dream of Venice in Words + Photos

JoAnn Locktov’s newest book on Venice is a gem, a vision and a little slice of heaven. Inside Dream of Venice: Architecture are 36 essays by architects and architectural writers (full disclosure: I am one), accompanied by what can only be described as ethereally scrumptious photography by Riccardo De Cal. Richard Goy’s introduction alone is [...]

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