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Ryan Johnson: A Physical Dream World

Ryan Johnson: A Physical Dream World

Ryan Johnson keeps a notepad by his bed, and his sculptures show it. He’s interested in creating art that builds bridges between the dream world and the physical world. “He’s physicalizing those moments that happen in the mind when we’re dreaming or imagining or creating,” says Alexxa Gotthardt, executive director of the Suzanne Geiss Company, [...]

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Archigrams: Prints of Modern Design

Archigrams: Prints of Modern Design

Michie Cao is on a mission. She’s a former UCLA architecture student who’s now in graduate school at the School of Visual Arts in New York. And she’s combined what she’s learned at both schools to make architecture easier to understand for the rest of us. With posters. And a smaller set of prints. Each [...]

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Tiles Inspired by the Greek Islands

Tiles Inspired by the Greek Islands

If you can’t get to the Greek Islands, you can always surround yourself with their colors. That’s the way Justyn Livingston thinks about her tiles, anyway. The owner of Metolius Ridge Artisan Tile says that her custom work for clients is showing a break from the grays and browns of the past 10 to 15 [...]

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In Atlanta, a SCADpad for Urban Living

In Atlanta, a SCADpad for Urban Living

Ubiquitous, overbuilt and underutilized, urban parking decks are going the way of the dinosaur. “About 50 percent are empty at all times,” says Christian Sottile, dean of the school of building arts at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). “The rate of private auto use for commuting is dropping – 99 of 100 urban areas have [...]

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Robin Rose and the Language of Art

Robin Rose and the Language of Art

It’s not enough that he helped found the storied 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. Or played with his band, the Urban Verbs, at CBGB in New York. Or signed a record contract with Warner Brothers after Brian Eno saw them play. No. Robin Rose was destined for the realm of the visual too. Educated in the arts [...]

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Building Empires with Brandon Smith

Building Empires with Brandon Smith

Worn out after 14 years in commercial interior design in Los Angeles, Brandon Smith did what anyone else would do: He started a media empire. But not just any media empire. His is built on the belief that the future lies within the high-end lifestyles of California, the Northeast and the upper Midwest. Luxury, it [...]

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Jewelry Inspired by Istanbul Mythology

Jewelry Inspired by Istanbul Mythology

By Nadine McCarthy Kahane Deeply influenced by the rich mythology of Turkey, Aida Bergsen has transitioned her art from sculpture to jewelry design. “Even the simplest street of Istanbul is an inspiration to me with its eclectic nature” Bergsen says. Countless civilizations have traversed Istanbul’s streets, forming what Aida calls a “social mosaic” in the [...]

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In Austin, Fundraising for Future Parks

In Austin, Fundraising for Future Parks

By Rita Catinella Orrell There’s something scary going on along the banks of Waller Creek in Austin, Texas, but that’s a good thing. Meet the Creek Monster, a limited-edition plush mascot, designed to help raise awareness (and funds) for Creek Show, a series of landscape- and architecture-driven events at the site of a chain of [...]

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In Los Angeles, Luxury at the Carlyle

In Los Angeles, Luxury at the Carlyle

If you wanted to showcase a new luxury collection for interior design in Los Angeles, there’s probably no loftier spot than the 21st floor of the Carlyle Residences on Wilshire Boulevard. The views alone are worth the price of admission: “Facing northeast there are views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Getty Center, and UCLA [...]

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In Georgia, Functional Art For the Bath

In Georgia, Functional Art For the Bath

As an art student at the University of Georgia, Russell Adams studied sculpture and jewelry-making. At the time, he probably didn’t anticipate the eventual arc of his career. But right out of school, he found himself selling bathtubs for a Sugar Hill, Ga. company called MTI. Before he knew it, he was buying out its owner. [...]

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