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Paola Paronetto’s Works in Paper Clay

Paola Paronetto’s Works in Paper Clay

From the province of Pordenone, on the northeast border of Italy, comes some of the most delicate and fragile works ever borne of ┬ápaper and clay. It’s created by ceramicist Paola Paronetto. At Maison & Objet in Paris in September, she’ll present the collection she calls Carocci. It’s the result of different types of paper [...]

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Tom Rossau’s Danish Lighting Designs

Tom Rossau’s Danish Lighting Designs

Danish artisan Tom Rossau takes raw panels of birch veneer, one-and-a-half meters square, then cuts them into strips – and turns them into lampshades. It’s a meticulous business. “There are tiny differences from one to the next and they behave slightly different one to the next,” he says. “The challenge is to get it to [...]

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Photo Note Cards from San Francisco

Photo Note Cards from San Francisco

If the photography in the newest note card set from Princeton Architectural Press seems fairly exquisite, that’s because Fred Lyon has been shooting since he was 13. He’s 91 today – and he’s been photographing San Francisco since the end of the Second World War. “After years of deprivation during the war, it was all [...]

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Cinematic Design at Knoll in Houston

Cinematic Design at Knoll in Houston

Taking cues from their previous designs for two new Knoll showrooms – one in New York and another in San Franscisco – designers at Architecture Research Office (ARO) developed a cinematic approach for the company’s newest presence in Houston. “It’s on the ninth floor – when you come up from the ground floor, you can [...]

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Kitsch Is Cool at Utah State University

Kitsch Is Cool at Utah State University

The industrial revolution gave us a number of substantial benefits – mass production and a rising middle class among them. But kitsch art, too, was a byproduct born of that era. “Derived from ‘verkitschen’ (German for “to make cheap”), kitsch was first used in the 1860s and 1870s to describe art sold in street markets [...]

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In New York, Debating Organic Design

In New York, Debating Organic Design

Seventy-five years later, the debate is still fresh. A 1941 home furnishings show at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has inspired a new exhibition aimed at spurring discussions about organic design today The Garden in the Machine: Organic Design 1930 to the Present at the Friedman Benda Gallery in New York takes its cues [...]

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The Dangers and Effects of Speculation

The Dangers and Effects of Speculation

Christopher Marcinkoski is an assistant professor of landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Pennsylvania, and a licensed architect and founding director at PORT urbanism. He’s also the author of the newly released The City that Never Was (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016), a book that examines what happens when worldwide development is no [...]

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Saving on Space with Think Fabricate

Saving on Space with Think Fabricate

A collaboration with Resource Furniture has led Susan Doban to a new line of multi-functional furniture she calls the┬áKinetic Collection. The Columbia graduate, founder of Brooklyn-based Doban Architecture – and now, Think Fabricate – started out by coordinating designs for small hotel suites that could be used for a room as well. “There’s a coffee [...]

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More Titles for 2015′s Holiday Giving

More Titles for 2015′s Holiday Giving

It’s still not too late to order books on architecture and design – and A+A is pleased to offer a few more recommendations from recent posts. Their topics range from preserving world monuments to planning Long Island communities to the art of mailbox design – and they’re all well written and beautifully illustrated: No mere [...]

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A New Guide to Princeton University

A New Guide to Princeton University

Anyone who’s ever traversed the campus at Princeton University knows it as an awe-inspiring architectural experience. The university published its first guide for walks through the landscape and architecture in 2000, and recently updated it to include the newest structures erected since, among them Frank Gehry’s Lewis Library and Whitman College by Demetri Porphyrios. This [...]

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