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Paul Schatz and the Magic of Milaflores

Paul Schatz and the Magic of Milaflores

Paul Schatz is batting .1000. He released a new line of limestone and marble tile through New Ravenna three years ago. The tiles mingle Spanish Colonial- and Islamic-influnced designs, in a light and graceful color palette of teals and turquoise. He called the line Miraflores. Now he’s followed up with similar patterns in glass – [...]

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Wry Humor, Good Design: designPOP

Wry Humor, Good Design: designPOP

The cover says it all. Padded, neon pink and vinyl-covered, its title – designPOP – is de-bossed. There’s a wry sense of humor at work here, and more of that to come inside. “The whole idea of humor and of simplifying design is to bridge an industry that’s often complicated for the average person,” says [...]

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Ceramic Tiles Lifted from Utility Poles

Ceramic Tiles Lifted from Utility Poles

By John Whitmarsh As an artist, I’m always on the hunt for common, everyday objects that I can transform into something exalted. So when utility poles kept catching my eye, I started to hatch a plan for creating a tiled wall mosaic. Utility poles are a ubiquitous sight in the city – gray and weathered, [...]

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Justyn Livingston’s Archetypal Tiles

Justyn Livingston’s Archetypal Tiles

One of A+A’s favorite artisans — and one of the first we wrote about — is Justyn Livingston. Her work is inspired by her extensive travels and the things she’s encountered along the way. A few weeks back, we asked her for a few words on how she’s come to create her very fine lines of tile [...]

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Chris Poehlmann’s Lighting Experiments

Chris Poehlmann’s Lighting Experiments

Regina Connell’s interview with lighting designer Christopher Poehlmann continues today: How do you stay fresh, with all your custom work going on? I have valued innovation and exploration over financial concerns from the start. My early years were all about throwing caution to the wind and I never worried that most people didn’t seem to [...]

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Christopher Poehlmann’s Lighting as Art

Christopher Poehlmann’s Lighting as Art

By Regina Connell. Having interviewed a number of lighting designers, I’ve found that they’re a pretty talented, cerebral bunch. They have to be artisans and thus know about materials and design and all that, and they have to know a little something about practical things like electricity. But they’re also installation artists, sculptors of form, [...]

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In Charleston, ‘Nest’ by Cortney Bishop

In Charleston, ‘Nest’ by Cortney Bishop

Asked to help create a mixed-use community on a former seed farm in North Charleston, S.C., interior designer Cortney Bishop looked to the property’s roots. More specifically, she looked to a 1921 poster advertising the farm’s wares. “It’s a modern twist on Americana, Southern hospitality and furniture – an upgrade that’s paying homage to classic [...]

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Ani Kasten’s Natural Affinity for Clay

Ani Kasten’s Natural Affinity for Clay

Ani Kasten was a rising senior at the University of Michigan in 2000, when her parents took her to visit a friend who was a ceramics artist on a sheep farm in Shropshire, England. “His studio was in a 13th-century sheep barn, and he lived in a farmhouse on the property,” she says. “It was [...]

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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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