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Sara Baldwin’s Gilt by Association

Sara Baldwin’s Gilt by Association

One of our all-time  favorite artisans is Sara Baldwin, who has a studio and operation on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She is, in fact, the largest employer in the town of Exmore, and she makes exquisite mosaics from exotic materials imported from all four corners of the earth, like the gold in this November [...]

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Discovering the Fine Art of Mailboxes

Discovering the Fine Art of Mailboxes

James Cutler was a 19th-century Rochester architect known not for his buildings, but his innovative contribution to the skyscraper. He invented the mailbox and its accompanying chute for tall buildings, with a patent approved in 1883. “Cutler presented his patent at a World’s Fair Exposition, and Otis Elevator was there too,” says Karen Greene, author [...]

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Balthazar Korab’s Architectural Images

Balthazar Korab’s Architectural Images

Photographer Balthazar Korab led a charmed life, if an initially difficult one. “His life story is as fascinating as his work,” says John Comazzi, who’s written and published a book with Princeton Architectural Press on Korab’s work. He was born in Budapest in 1926. His family fled Hungary in 1944 while the nation was still [...]

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Vetro Vero’s True and Colorful Glass

Vetro Vero’s True and Colorful Glass

As I walked the floor of the Architectural Digest Design Show back in 2013, I came across a booth that featured some of the most elegant hand-blown glass imaginable. I picked up a business card and when I got back to the office, I made a call to the owners of Vetro Vero, and here’s [...]

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Resource Furniture + Clei Innovations

Resource Furniture + Clei Innovations

“People,” says Challie Stillman, design director at Resource Furniture, “are inherently lazy.” Consequently, if the company’s multi-functional products are difficult to manage, they won’t use them. “So they’re designed to be easy physically, with not too many steps,” she says. “People can take that leap and live a more transforming life.” That’s especially true of [...]

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Melissa Bamber’s Sly Sense of Humor

Melissa Bamber’s Sly Sense of Humor

Melissa Bamber is a textile designer with a sly sense of humor. Slipped into her traditional-looking designs are some very untraditional figures. Like burlesque dancers in French damask. Laughing skulls in patterned linen. And tiny skulls on the wings of butterflies. It’s whimsical, and it works. “They make you smile,” the British-born designer says. “It’s [...]

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Rolling Sculpture Rumbles into Raleigh

Rolling Sculpture Rumbles into Raleigh

MoMA’s Arthur Drexler nailed the concept back in 1951, when he described his exhibition of Eight Automobiles as “hollow rolling sculpture.” “They have interior spaces corresponding to an outer form, like buildings, but the designer’s aesthetic purpose is to enclose the functioning parts of an automobile, as well as its passengers, in a package suggesting [...]

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In Brooklyn, Tables by Think Fabricate

In Brooklyn, Tables by Think Fabricate

Brooklyn-based Think Fabricate is at it again. The Greenpoint artisans affiliated with Doban Architecture are creating new products from maple, walnut and an African teak called Afromosia. Their new tables, mirrors and hexagons for storage and display are the result of an ongoing collaboration between designers and makers. Case in point: the Dialogue Table, crafted [...]

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Rita Orrell and Her ‘Objects of Desire’

Rita Orrell and Her ‘Objects of Desire’

Here we have an interview with Rita Catinella Orrell, LEED GA, an author and design journalist working in New Jersey. She’s been a member of the design press for almost two decades, covering interior design, home furnishings, kitchen and bath design, and architectural building products. She was products editor for Architectural Record for over 14 [...]

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SieMatic, PIRCH Collaborate in SoHo

SieMatic, PIRCH Collaborate in SoHo

To hear Hans Henkes talk, the newest collaboration between SieMatic and PIRCH in SoHo is a match made in heaven. “We saw a brand alliance with them – they’re moving fast with great ideas and they’re trying to create the Apple store of appliances and fixtures,” the president and CEO of SieMatic Möbelwerke USA says. [...]

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