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In Paris, an Auction of Arts and Crafts

In Paris, an Auction of Arts and Crafts

Editor’s note: PIASA was created in Paris in 1996, and stages about 60 sales each year, covering a wide range of modern and contemporary art, furniture, jewelry, photography, and wines and spirits. Its team of 30 includes representatives in Brussels, Nantes, Marseille, Lyon and Angers. A+A recently interviewed Frederic Chambre, head of the auction house, [...]

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In Richmond, an Artists Coloring Book

In Richmond, an Artists Coloring Book

When artist Chuck Scalin – freshly minted with a master’s degree from Pratt Institute – arrived in Virginia to interview for a teaching position at Richmond Professional Institute during the summer of 1968, the school was known as R.P.I. By the time he returned in the fall, R.P.I. had merged with the Medical College Virginia, and [...]

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Imploded Sculptures on Park Avenue

Imploded Sculptures on Park Avenue

Seven stainless steel sculptures by Amsterdam-based German artist Ewerdt Hilgemann landed last week on New York’s Park Avenue. Entitled “Moments in a Stream,” the installation parades along the avenue in seven locations, from 52nd to 67th Streets, with large-scale pieces—some in groups of two or more—placed on grassy medians. They were created especially for Park [...]

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From Atlanta, a Kitchen by Kelly Kole

From Atlanta, a Kitchen by Kelly Kole

Kelly Kole, the Atlanta interior designer, was pleasantly surprised to get a call from Brizo Faucets not long ago. “They said: ‘Here’s the deal – we’ve got a new launch, and we want you to design a kitchen.’” The high-end faucet company was asking her to design a set that placed a new bridge faucet [...]

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A Rock-Star Kitchen from Tyler Wisler

A Rock-Star Kitchen from Tyler Wisler

The assignment for Tyler Wisler, a self-described “kick-ass interior designer,” was simple enough: Take Brizo’s newest pull-down faucet and design a kitchen environment around it. “They said: ‘Take your inspiration and go with it,’” he says. “’Give us your wish kitchen and we’ll see if we can make that happen.’” He decided to explore Artesso’s [...]

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Lyrical Paintings from Bernie Taupin

Lyrical Paintings from Bernie Taupin

Consider them not just art, but more the musings of a vivid imagination. Bernie Taupin – the gifted songwriter who teamed up with Elton John for many of that performer’s hits – says the inspiration for his paintings comes mostly from inside his own head. “It’s a little distracting because I have a hard time [...]

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In Minnesota, Sanborn Canoe Paddles

In Minnesota, Sanborn Canoe Paddles

Armed with a degree in painting and no small sense of style, Zak Fellman set out in 2009 to build himself a canoe. And a paddle. But while his canoe is a mostly a recreational outlet these days, his paddle-making has evolved into a full-time business called Sanborn Canoe Paddles. “We’ve made hundreds – maybe [...]

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station

Leave it to Frank Lloyd Wright to re-imagine the filling station. In 1927. Up ‘til then, a gas station was a fairly simple affair – usually a primitive wooden shack with an outhouse behind it. But Wright, commissioned by the Tydol Gas Company for a new design, had other ideas – like a cantilevered canopy [...]

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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, Potter Akio Nukaga

In San Francisco, Potter 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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