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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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Mingling Art, Artisanship and the Law

Mingling Art, Artisanship and the Law

Sarah Schwartz and Ruby Geisler may come from polar opposite backgrounds, but piffle – it makes no difference. They met in 2008 in a California textile design school – Schwartz had studied law and engineering, while Geisler was an artist. Today, as Sarah and Ruby Design Studio, they’re melding their sense of style – in [...]

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In Seattle, goCstudio’s Floating Sauna

In Seattle, goCstudio’s Floating Sauna

A second-place award in a design competition has led to a one-of-a-kind lake vessel: the wa_sauna by Seattle architects at goCstudio. “It stems from a competition in 2012 for reusing the pontoons from the 520 bridge that crossed between Mercer Island and Seattle,” says Jon Gentry, co-founder of the firm and alumnus of Olson Kundig. [...]

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Matteo Ugolini’s Whimsical Lighting

Matteo Ugolini’s Whimsical Lighting

By Saxon Henry Everyone who sees Matteo Ugolini’s creations understands there is a special brilliance behind the designs he conceives and executes. What has always struck me as I look over his oeuvre for the Italian brand Karman is the whimsy that infuses his work, which is evident in his use of animals in his [...]

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A Bath Remodel by Christopher Grubb

A Bath Remodel by Christopher Grubb

A bath that’s ten feet by 13-and-a-half doesn’t offer a lot of space for remodeling. Especially if it started out in 1959 as three compartmentalized rooms. But in this Beverly Hills bath, interior designer Christopher Grubb created a wide open space that’s compressed inside but expands outward through large windows overlooking a garden. “We wanted [...]

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Paul Clemence at Biennale, Art Basel

Paul Clemence at Biennale, Art Basel

A 2015 trip to Sao Paolo by architectural photographer Paul Clemence first inspired a 2016 photography exhibition at the Venice Biennale – and then another at a symposium at Art Basel in Switzerland. Clemence traveled to Sao Paolo last summer to explore the work of Ruy Ohtake, a second-generation Japanese architect who’s almost a household [...]

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A Second Career in Art and Sculpture

A Second Career in Art and Sculpture

Thirty years on Wall Street was enough for Joe Gitterman. Besides, he’d been secretly pursuing his passion for sculpture on nights and weekends, and he was ready to give it a public go. So in 2011, he placed one of his pieces in an artists’ association show And bingo! “A local gallery owner saw it [...]

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The Two-for-One Woodland Cottage

The Two-for-One Woodland Cottage

Here we have a post from January 2015 about a tiny stone cottage created by two Massachusetts landscape architect, first for a garden show and then for one of their clients: A stone cottage recently created for the Rhode Island Flower Show has turned into a woodland assignment for a pair of landscape architects. “We [...]

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100 Designs for the Modern World

100 Designs for the Modern World

George Kravis bought his first object of industrial design – an RCA 45 rpm record-changer – in 1949. He never looked back. In fact, he moved far forward, collecting more than 3,500 items that he now houses in a leased, climate-controlled, former Blue Cross/Blue Shield office building in Tulsa, Okla. The Kravis Design Center is [...]

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