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The Handmade Shirt by Mercer & Sons

The Handmade Shirt by Mercer & Sons

Editor’s note: I am admittedly biased about this product, ever since I walked into a Brooks Brothers store wearing one, and was greeted by a wide-eyed salesperson whose first words to me were: “Nice shirt!” It’s geography may have changed multiple time during the past 30 years, but there’s been one constant at Mercer & [...]

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Pop-Up Art in the Meatpacking District

Pop-Up Art in the Meatpacking District

LUMAS, the Berlin-based contemporary photography portfolio, will open a pop-up gallery in New York on Sept. 9. The new temporary space, located at 875 Washington Street, will feature works from more than 200 renowned artists around the world, in editions of 75 to 150. A+A recently interviewed Jan Seewald, head of communications, via email: Some background on [...]

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NYC Talk on ‘Drawing from Practice’

NYC Talk on ‘Drawing from Practice’

Save the Date! Mike Welton’s NYC Talk on “Drawing from Practice,” Sept. 17, 6:30 PM: Who: J. Michael Welton, Author What: Book Talk and Signing: “Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand,” 2015 (© Routledge Press,236 pages) Where: The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York 20 West [...]

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Southern California Icons, at Auction

Southern California Icons, at Auction

The Oct. 11 sale at Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) promises to be a watershed of sorts. Sure, there’ll be works by Ed Ruscha, Karl Benjamin and Frederick Hammersley, among other contemporary California masters. It’s just that there will be a larger number of better works than usual. Instead of one or two stars aligning, it’ll [...]

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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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In N.C., Tiny Homes for the Homeless

In N.C., Tiny Homes for the Homeless

The hot topic of tiny houses recently collided with the unsolved issue of homelessness in Raleigh, N.C. There, two concerned groups collaborated to launch an international competition aimed at creating a cutting-edge community of 12 tiny homes for those who have none. Downtown. On a third-acre lot at the fringe of a hipster neighborhood. Coincidentally, [...]

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Classic, Modern ‘High Tide’ for Walls

Classic, Modern ‘High Tide’ for Walls

Trae King and Lauren Love are at it again. The husband-and-wife team, owners of Abnormals Anonymous, have introduced a striking new line of wallpaper designs that are classic and modern at once. They’re called “High Tide,” and they reference familiar critters who live in the sea. That’s appropriate, since the couple has studios on Bainbridge [...]

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Vanities from Hastings Tile & Bath

Vanities from Hastings Tile & Bath

Hastings Tile & Bath has introduced three new lines of sleek, imported vanities – Made, Sign and Viva – to the market, so A+A recently interviewed the company’s director of bath products, Bob Gifford, via email last week: Who are the designers? Hastings Tile & Bath works with artisan manufacturers in Italy on the production of [...]

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Cement Tiles: The New Necco Wafers

Cement Tiles: The New Necco Wafers

If San Franscisco-based tile guru Deborah Osburn says it, you can pretty much take it to the bank. Like the color palette for her new line of cement tiles. The red, for example, is not quite red, nor pink nor orange. Moreover, teamed up with black and tan in a tile, it takes on a [...]

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TAKTL Applications, Coast to Coast

TAKTL Applications, Coast to Coast

One of the more innovative materials being applied to the newest museum on the National Mall is a very thin concrete panel known at TAKTL. At the African-American Museum of History and Culture, by David Adjaye and Phil Freelon, 35,000 of the strong and lightweight cladding panels are now going up. “It’s on the porch [...]

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