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Italian Lighting from Matteo Ugolini

Italian Lighting from Matteo Ugolini

Global Lighting recently introduced five new lights in their Stratos collection, made by Karman in Italy. Matteo Ugolini, Karman’s Art Director since 2008, designed the Snoob, Sky, and Makeup fixtures. We recently interviewed him via email: Where do you find your designers at Karman? The designers we work with need to own the “Karman factor” […]

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A Book of Watercolors by John Kriken

A Book of Watercolors by John Kriken

Fresh out of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, architect John Kriken joined SOM in 1968. After founding its San Francisco-based Urban Design & Planning Studio, he served as a general partner from 1994-2004. He’s still with the firm, as a consulting partner, today. Along the way, he’s designed cities, campuses and large-scale urban projects […]

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100 Years, 100 Buildings, by John Hill

100 Years, 100 Buildings, by John Hill

Most people know John Hill through his blog, A Daily Dose of Architecture. A+A has been linking to it since we began posting back in January 2010. But his day job is equally interesting and informative. You can find his work at World Architects. Now he’s come out with an intriguing concept for a book: […]

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The Hunt, from New York Magazine

The Hunt, from New York Magazine

Is there anyone in New York City who has more fun with the design pages of a magazine than New York’s Wendy Goodman? No. But her associate, Trupti Rami, comes close. The two of them spent three months earlier this year culling through hundreds of sparkling gems of furniture, decorative items and objects d’art from […]

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In Palo Alto, a Rammed-Earth House

In Palo Alto, a Rammed-Earth House

The clients wanted sustainable. The architect suggested rammed earth. They called in David Easton, a guru with 40 years’ experience perfecting the technology, and got to work. “We used soil from the foundation to make a beautiful wall, and we weren’t transporting a lot of cement,” says Cass Calder Smith, architect of the home on Cowper […]

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‘Looking Up’ at Raleigh’s Trig Modern

‘Looking Up’ at Raleigh’s Trig Modern

A pair of Carolina hipsters – Trig Modern and Raleigh Denim Workshop – have teamed up to feature chairs and fabrics from Bernhart Furniture. Raleigh Denim designed the Bernhart fabrics. A mile and a half away from its downtown factory, Trig showcases them, along with a bright red swivel chair t. It’s clad in one […]

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A Book Full of 9/11 Memorial Visions

A Book Full of 9/11 Memorial Visions

Back in 2003, Lester Levine and his wife entered the design competition for a memorial on the site of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. They didn’t win. That honor went to a young Israeli-American architect named Michael Arad. His graceful entry – a series of waterfalls along the walls of the excavated building foundations […]

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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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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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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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