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The Art of the Handcrafted Ukulele

The Art of the Handcrafted Ukulele

They call it “Twitch.” It’s named for a beloved cat left behind long ago in Richmond, Va., before a seminal move to the West Coast. It’s an intricately constructed, handmade ukulele, painted exquisitely in a style that defies definition. Years in the making, it’s only the third in a series that the Oregon-based team of [...]

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French Mid-Century Modern, on a Roll

French Mid-Century Modern, on a Roll

Like its counterpart in the U.S., French mid-century modern design is now enjoying a heady resurgence. But it’s a little more elegant, as one might imagine. Case in point: At Design Miami in December, Louis Vuitton unveiled 18 pieces designed by Pierre Paulin for a 1972 project conceived by Herman Miller, but never produced. Paulin’s [...]

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Hemingway’s Paris in Words + Images

Hemingway’s Paris in Words + Images

Robert Wheeler picked up his first book by Ernest Hemingway in 1986. It was the posthumously published The Garden of Eden, and on its first page the author vividly described a young couple madly in love. He used color, movement and a foreign language to bring life to his composition. “I thought: ‘I do not [...]

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Mosaics Clued in by M. C. Escher’s Art

Mosaics Clued in by M. C. Escher’s Art

“I don’t grow up,” artist M. C. Escher once said. “In me is the small child of my early days.” Artist Sara Baldwin of New Ravenna Mosaics knows all about that – and as much about Escher. “If you’re interested in geometry and art, one of the rites of passage is to peruse all the [...]

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Creating Art on a Twelve-Inch Square

Creating Art on a Twelve-Inch Square

As challenges to textile artists go, this one was a doozy: Artist members of the Textile Study Group of New York were asked to create a work of art on a 12-inch square panel of wood. Their media could be fabric, thread, paper, wire, or any other that might stretch the definition of fiber art [...]

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Dara Artisans, Now at Atelier Courbet

Dara Artisans, Now at Atelier Courbet

Atelier Courbet, long known for its commitment to high-quality craftsmanship, is partnering with Dara Artisans for a pop-up shop in New York. Among the works culled from the Dara collection are ceramics and textiles from Los Angeles designer Mirena Kim, potters from the Acoma Reservation and Mulberries Heirloom Textile from artisans in Laos. “It’s a [...]

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An Italian Invasion, Part II: IMAESTRI

An Italian Invasion, Part II: IMAESTRI

Paolo Timoni will be the first to tell you he knows nothing at all about design. No, he’ll say, he’s a management consultant. He’s spent much of his career in the states working with McKinsey on telecommunications clients, then on his own, helping turn around the Italian manufacturer of Vespa motor scooters. Now he’s engaged [...]

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Handmade Ornaments for the Holidays

Handmade Ornaments for the Holidays

Think of them as original works of art, rather than ornaments. Because they are. Handmade one at a time, these miniature sculptures from Artful Home are created by artists and submitted to a jury headed by Michael Monroe, former director of the Renwick Gallery. “We asked for submissions and received thousands,” says CEO Lisa Bayne. [...]

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In Time for the Holidays: Archigrams

In Time for the Holidays: Archigrams

Now here’s a holiday gift that’s custom-made with the architecture aficionado in mind: Archigrams, from Michie Cao. She launched them with a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, earning 130 percent above her original goal. Then she got to work on producing posters of Fallingwater, the Farnsworth House, the Villa Savoye, and other 20th-century masterpieces. “I [...]

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Floors Recycled from Barns, Distilleries

Floors Recycled from Barns, Distilleries

As the nation’s agrarian and industrial landscapes have been transformed over the past 100 years, so too has the wood that shaped their structures. It’s not unusual today to find century-old hickory, maple and oak – from barns, distilleries and cotton mills – used as flooring, siding and fireplace mantels. It’s a booming business. Knoxville, [...]

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