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150 of the Best Ideas for Small Spaces

150 of the Best Ideas for Small Spaces

Harper Collins has just released “150 Best Mini Interior Ideas,” by Francesc Zamora Mola. At eight-by-eight inches in size, it may seem diminutive at first glance, but its 504 pages are jam-packed with simple and beautiful ideas for designing small spaces. A+A recently interviewed its Barcelona-based author via email: What was the inspiration for the [...]

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The Saga of Harry Allen’s Pig Bank

The Saga of Harry Allen’s Pig Bank

Sometimes, things are just meant to be. That’s what New York industrial designer Harry Allen discovered along the way to creating his pig bank. It was to be part of his “Reality” collection of decorative objects for the home. Inspired in 2003 by the advent of reality television, Allen embarked on a “hunter/gatherer” search for [...]

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In Vermont, Five Musicians’ Cottages

In Vermont, Five Musicians’ Cottages

Spartan is the first word that first comes to mind here. Five cottages in Marlboro, Vt. – a tiny town near the Green Mountains, home to the equally tiny, 200-student Marlboro College – take their cues from the 18th-century farmhouses that make up the campus. “We took the proportions of a 400 year old typology,” [...]

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‘B Is for Bauhaus, Y is for YouTube’

‘B Is for Bauhaus, Y is for YouTube’

Not since Herb Lubalin’s “U&lc”  folded in 1999 has there been a publication like this one. Sure, it’s a small book, but it’s thick, at 474 pages. It’s deep, too, with a title of “B is for Bauhaus, Y is for YouTube.” And though we expected his answers to stretch beyond a sentence or two, [...]

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In Austin, the Look of Charred Wood

In Austin, the Look of Charred Wood

An ancient method of charring wood to preserve it – while rendering it insect-free and fire-resistant – now proudly calls its Texas home. Shou Sugi Ban has been used for centuries as exterior siding in Japan, where cedar or pine is burned, then cleaned and finished with a natural oil. But in Austin, Delta Millworks [...]

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Porsche + Poggenpohl in the Kitchen

Porsche + Poggenpohl in the Kitchen

The last time the designers at Poggenpohl and Porsche Design Studio got together was in 2009. The result was the P`7340, a fitted kitchen built for a man’s needs and tastes, along the lines of the precious little speedster that’s been dominating Germany’s Autobahn since the end of World War II. Now the two firms [...]

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In Paris, Paper Clay by Paola Paronetto

In Paris, Paper Clay by Paola Paronetto

Paola Paronetto’s family of paper clay products rarely fails to amaze. The new Cartocci Print collection, on display recently at Maison & Objet in Paris, is made with her paper clay in her usual production process, but presents new aesthetic details from the Pordenone designer. We interviewed her via email earlier this week: The intent of your designs? My creations [...]

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The Two-for-One Woodland Cottage

The Two-for-One Woodland Cottage

A stone cottage recently created for the Rhode Island Flower Show has turned into a woodland assignment for a pair of landscape architects. “We spent months prepping out a display with plants and trees,” says Samantha Best, partner with her husband, Neil, in Magma Design Group of Rehoboth, Mass. “A month later, a client called [...]

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New England Birdhouses by Neil Best

New England Birdhouses by Neil Best

Some are Gothic, some are Italianate and one even takes its cues from the Chrysler Building. But all are painstakingly designed and assembled by landscape architect Neil Best. Located on the Rhode Island and Massachusetts border, his birdhouses are in serious demand today – and not just because the area’s blanketed in 30 inches of [...]

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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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