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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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Ceramic Tiles from Spain, on the Rise

Ceramic Tiles from Spain, on the Rise

The International Ceramic Tile Fair, recently took place from Feb. 11-14 at the Feria Valencia center in Spain. Today, the tile industry in Spain is on a roll, with sales rising for a third consecutive year. The country is currently Europe’s leading ceramic tile producer, and the second largest exporter worldwide – including exports to the U.S that increased [...]

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Swedish Designs for Zero Light Fixtures

Swedish Designs for Zero Light Fixtures

In late February, Global Lighting introduced Zero lighting to the North American contract market. It’s a Swedish product line established in 1978 – one that at first used perforated sheet metal, then glass, and now woven polyester, and even fisherman’s rope. Zero designers include Benjamin Hubert, Fredrik Mattson, Front Design, Jens Fager, Mattias Ståhlbom, and [...]

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Wallpaper from Abnormals Anonymous

Wallpaper from Abnormals Anonymous

For starters, they call themselves Henrietta and Paco. And they met in an elevator. There, they discovered a mutual love for wallpaper. Actually, they describe it as more of a lust. So now they’re busily creating it, as Abnormals Anonymous. On Bainbridge Island, near Seattle. Their wallpaper – it’s fine art, really – is almost [...]

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