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Win this Competition, Collect Royalties

Win this Competition, Collect Royalties

Earlier this week, Walker Zanger announced the Kaza Design Competition, in partnership with Architectural Digest magazine. The competition offers all aspiring and established designers and architects the chance to have their original tile design added to the Kaza collection. The design competition launched on May 14, and the winning designer will have its product manufactured [...]

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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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Now: Art and Architecture in Cinema

They’ve saved the best for last. Tonight, there’s “Monet to Matisse – Painting the Modern Garden.” On Thursday, June 16, there’s “Teatro Alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders,” about Milan’s 237-year-old opera house. And on Thursday, July 14, there’s “The Papal Basilicas of Rome.” They’re all films, and they’re all shown in theaters across the [...]

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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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A Deck of Cards by Spanish Architects

Now is not the most opportune time for young, recently graduated architects in Spain. Just ask Pedro Mena and Miguel Raban Mondejar, currently living in Seville. “The profession is difficult right now – in Europe,and Spain specifically,” Mena says. “After the crisis, construction has come to a halt – there’s no new building so we [...]

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Zellige: Terra Cotta Tile from Morocco

Zellige: Terra Cotta Tile from Morocco

Just how old is the Moroccan technology that produces Zellige tile? “Centuries and centuries and centuries,” says San Francisco-based cle tile’s Deborah Osburn. “We’re probably talking the 8th century, and the product hasn’t changed at all.” Nor has the technique of its makers. Artisans in Morocco will grab a slice of earth, dry it in [...]

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‘Kiddo’ Mosaics from New Ravenna

‘Kiddo’ Mosaics from New Ravenna

Cean Irminger loves whimsy, bright colors and intricate patterns – and it shows in her new line of mosaics from New Ravenna. Called “Kiddo,” it’s aimed at children. And adults with a sly sense of humor. Llamas and foxes prance across Otomi, named for the fabled Mexican textile design, with hand cut glass replacing embroidery stitches; What’s In [...]

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Modernism on Display at the Bechtler

Modernism on Display at the Bechtler

HB2 notwithstanding, the modern movement is alive and well in North Carolina. And what better venue could there be for an exhibition of the virtues of that aesthetic than Mario Botta’s 2010 terra cotta-clad Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in forward-thinking Charlotte? The House that Modernism Built looks not just at modernism in all its [...]

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In Colorado, a Village of Micro Cabins

In Colorado, a Village of Micro Cabins

Thanks to students at the Colorado Building Workshop, Outward Bound guides will no longer sleep in their own trucks and campers. Instead, they’ll bunk in a cluster of 21 micro cabins created by the design/build program at the University of Colorado Denver. “I was approached by the Colorado Outward Bound executive director two years ago,” [...]

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