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A Poetic, Modern Villa in Palm Springs

A Poetic, Modern Villa in Palm Springs

Schooled in architecture and music at Berkeley and Harvard, Anthony Poon was studying modernism in the mid-1980s when post-modernism was all the rage. But the discipline of Harvard’s Bauhaus regimen clearly won out. “I was drawing with incredible rigor,” he says. “It was a very academic approach.” Still, in his Modern Villa, designed with developer [...]

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In San Francisco, Work by Akio Nukaga

In San Francisco, Work by Akio Nukaga

By George Calys In the centuries-old tradition of Japanese ceramics, potters were “born into the profession,” much like cobblers, silversmiths or leather workers in pre-industrial Europe.  But Akio Nukaya, a renowned master potter, had no artisanal pedigree; he had to earn his place throwing clay and pushing the boundaries of accepted Japanese pottery. As part [...]

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The Bath as the Last True Sanctuary

The Bath as the Last True Sanctuary

GROHE’s senior vice president of design Paul Flowers is a native of London whose career has included stints at IBM, Electrolux and Philips. He and his teams have won a number of prestigious awards, including Red Dot, iF and Good Design. A+A recently interviewed him about future trends in the bath, and a recent installation [...]

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A Sleek, Tile and Glass Reception Desk

A Sleek, Tile and Glass Reception Desk

It’s about as sleek and precise as any reception desk on the planet. Designed by Alycia Hylton-Daniel of HagerSmith Design in Raleigh for Grifols, a pharmaceutical company in Research Triangle Park, the glass and porcelain tile desk was fabricated by Eidolon Design. It serves as a metaphor for the client’s commitment to advances in bioscience [...]

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In Sag Harbor, a Loft by Campion Platt

In Sag Harbor, a Loft by Campion Platt

Campion Platt may be a favorite designer and architect for celebrities like Al Pacino, Meg Ryan and Conan O’Brien, but when it came time to design a loft for the Holiday House Hamptons, he had another kind of client in mind: A cougar. As in a wealthy Hamptonite, transplanted from her post-industrial New York loft [...]

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Stan Bitters’ Ceramics Are about Scale

Stan Bitters’ Ceramics Are about Scale

Stan Bitters is a master ceramicist who’s been plying his craft for more than 50 years. He likes to play with scale, producing large pieces for massive installations, but he’s equally adept at small and inexpensive birdhouses and lanterns. Mostly, he’s interested in preserving the organic, clay-like nature of his material – and with it, [...]

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Tiny: Dreaming Big and Living Small

Smaller is better, say Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller. And they’re out to prove it to the world. Smith embarked on a back-to-the-land quest in 2011, buying five acres in Colorado with the intent of putting down roots at the age of 30. Influenced by the writings of Thoreau and Ed Abbey, he was intrigued [...]

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Banyan Collection: Oversized Comfort

Banyan Collection: Oversized Comfort

Originally designed by an uber-chic Holly Hunt, the Banyan Collection has undergone a deep-seated expansion into outdoor sectional furniture. Link Design Systems founder Gene Freeland says that Hunt wanted clean, classic lines, and comfort in which to languish. He’s kept all that in his line-up of 12 sectional pieces that can be assembled in a [...]

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Asian Echoes for Mid-Century Modern

Asian Echoes for Mid-Century Modern

It may have started out an Asian-influenced, handcrafted wood furniture maker in San Francisco nearly 20 years ago, but Gingko Home Furnishing’s newest designs show a definite influence of the mid-century modern. The company recently unveiled its nails-free Lewis living set and Pascal chairs, all made from walnut, their nail-free, mortise and tenon joints created [...]

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Watercolors by Centerbrook Architects

Watercolors by Centerbrook Architects

By David Holahan When Centerbrook Architects recently added biographies of every one of its employees to the firm’s website, partner Mark Simon was struck by how many of his 70-odd colleagues professed to be artists in their spare time – painters, daubers, pen and inkers, random sketchers, even sculptors like himself. Simon proceeded to invite [...]

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