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Many Shades of Gray at New Ravenna

Many Shades of Gray at New Ravenna

Sara Baldwin is nothing if not well-read. The owner of New Ravenna Mosaics on Virginia’s Eastern Shore says one of her favorite books is Mary Ann Shaffer’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, a 2008 tale of loyalty, courage and stranding strong in the face of danger. But when it comes to marketing her [...]

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Redrawing Le Corbusier’s Houses, II

Redrawing Le Corbusier’s Houses, II

Our interview with architect Steven Park, who’s redrawn 130 of Le Corbusier’s houses for a book from Princeton Architectureal Press, continues today: What did you learn about Le Corbusier in the process of doing this book? I learned that his houses for high-profile clients were based on his low-cost housing prototypes.  (This should tell you [...]

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Redrawing Le Corbusier’s Buildings

Redrawing Le Corbusier’s Buildings

From the A+A archives: Architect Steven Park, who works at Solomon Cordwell Buenz in Chicago, has redrawn 130 of Le Corbusier’s plans, sections and elevations – all contained in “Le Corbusier Redrawn: The Houses,” from Princeton Architectural Press. We interviewed him in December 2012: Could you please describe the project’s origins? When did it begin?  [...]

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A New Film: Girl with a Pearl Earring

First of all, she has no eyebrows. But piffle! – the viewer barely notices. The Girl with a Pearl Earring – perhaps Johannes Vermeer’s most famous painting – is so mysterious and enticing that eyebrows hardly matter. It’s the subject of a new film opening in U.S. theaters for one night only on June 23, [...]

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In NY, Early Works by Ettore Sottsass

In NY, Early Works by Ettore Sottsass

Marc Benda grew up in Zurich, surrounded by works of decorative art designed by Ettore Sottsass. ” A lot of people in our social circle owned objects made by him,” he says. “His influence as a designer was huge.” Indeed. A native of Austria, Sottsass established his architecture practice in Milan after World War II, [...]

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Timeless New Lighting from MGA&D

Timeless New Lighting from MGA&D

Anyone tuned in to CBS Sunday Morning on May 31 couldn’t possibly have missed seeing the soft-spoken gentleman with his blue-handled, stainless steel teakettle, a red bird perched at the end of its spout. That wasn’t just any teakettle. It was the Alessi Whistling Bird Teakettle by Michael Graves Architecture and Design – an iconic, [...]

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In Bend, Ore., the Desert Rain House

In Bend, Ore., the Desert Rain House

What started out as a desire to build a LEED-certified home in 2009 quickly evolved into a case study for the Living Building Challenge. Tom Elliott and Barbara Scott have built their home in Bend, Ore. – it was designed by Al Tozer, Jr. – to a rigorous set of sustainable standards set by the [...]

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Tiny Homes, Custom-Made in Alabama

Tiny Homes, Custom-Made in Alabama

Here we have a tiny home that defies the notion. It’s composed of the de rigueur 400 square feet on one level, but it’s topped off with a 200 square foot loft atop. Commissioned by Long Island family of four who live in a 4,000 square foot home, it’s meant to be sited in the [...]

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A Dance to Lovesac at Dwell on Design

Ten days out of high school, over a bowl of cereal and amid screams blasting from The Price Is Right, Shawn Nelson had an epiphany. Not the religious kind. Or even the emotional kind. No. His was more of the furniture kind. “It popped in my head to make the world’s largest beanbag chair,” he [...]

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Peter Busby: Architecture’s New Edges

Peter Busby: Architecture’s New Edges

It’s time for a new perspective on architecture, says Perkins+Will’s Peter Busby. “We’re not just drawing buildings anymore,” he says. “There’s sustainability, and responsibility to society too.” Forty years ago, a brutalist city hall might be built without much opposition. But social media has changed that by giving the public a new voice – and [...]

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