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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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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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Italian Made from Hastings Tile & Bath

Italian Made from Hastings Tile & Bath

Hastings Tile & Bath is campaigning to bring color – and lots of it – to the bath. Its new Made collection of vanities cabinets are available in more that 50 colors, including metallics, with matte, gloss or lacquered oak finish. “It’s about design flexibility, so each architect, interior designer or owner can put their [...]

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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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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 complicated for the average person,” says [...]

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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 the city – gray and weathered, [...]

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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 create her very fine lines of tile [...]

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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 caution to the wind and I never worried that most people didn’t seem to [...]

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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 things like electricity. But they’re also installation artists, sculptors of form, [...]

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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, Southern hospitality and furniture – an upgrade that’s paying homage to classic [...]

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