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In Minnesota, Sanborn Canoe Paddles

In Minnesota, Sanborn Canoe Paddles

Armed with a degree in painting and no small sense of style, Zak Fellman set out in 2009 to build himself a canoe. And a paddle. But while his canoe is a mostly a recreational outlet these days, his paddle-making has evolved into a full-time business called Sanborn Canoe Paddles. “We’ve made hundreds – maybe [...]

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station

Leave it to Frank Lloyd Wright to re-imagine the filling station. In 1927. Up ‘til then, a gas station was a fairly simple affair – usually a primitive wooden shack with an outhouse behind it. But Wright, commissioned by the Tydol Gas Company for a new design, had other ideas – like a cantilevered canopy [...]

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A Poetic, Modern Villa in Palm Springs

A Poetic, Modern Villa in Palm Springs

Schooled in architecture and music at Berkeley and Harvard, Anthony Poon was studying modernism in the mid-1980s when post-modernism was all the rage. But the discipline of Harvard’s Bauhaus regimen clearly won out. “I was drawing with incredible rigor,” he says. “It was a very academic approach.” Still, in his Modern Villa, designed with developer [...]

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In San Francisco, Potter Akio Nukaga

In San Francisco, Potter Akio Nukaga

By George Calys In the centuries-old tradition of Japanese ceramics, potters were “born into the profession,” much like cobblers, silversmiths or leather workers in pre-industrial Europe.  But Akio Nukaya, a renowned master potter, had no artisanal pedigree; he had to earn his place throwing clay and pushing the boundaries of accepted Japanese pottery. As part [...]

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The Bath as the Last True Sanctuary

The Bath as the Last True Sanctuary

GROHE’s senior vice president of design Paul Flowers is a native of London whose career has included stints at IBM, Electrolux and Philips. He and his teams have won a number of prestigious awards, including Red Dot, iF and Good Design. A+A recently interviewed him about future trends in the bath, and a recent installation [...]

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A Sleek, Tile and Glass Reception Desk

A Sleek, Tile and Glass Reception Desk

It’s about as sleek and precise as any reception desk on the planet. Designed by Alycia Hylton-Daniel of HagerSmith Design in Raleigh for Grifols, a pharmaceutical company in Research Triangle Park, the glass and porcelain tile desk was fabricated by Eidolon Design. It serves as a metaphor for the client’s commitment to advances in bioscience [...]

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In Sag Harbor, a Loft by Campion Platt

In Sag Harbor, a Loft by Campion Platt

Campion Platt may be a favorite designer and architect for celebrities like Al Pacino, Meg Ryan and Conan O’Brien, but when it came time to design a loft for the Holiday House Hamptons, he had another kind of client in mind: A cougar. As in a wealthy Hamptonite, transplanted from her post-industrial New York loft [...]

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Stan Bitters’ Ceramics Are about Scale

Stan Bitters’ Ceramics Are about Scale

Stan Bitters is a master ceramicist who’s been plying his craft for more than 50 years. He likes to play with scale, producing large pieces for massive installations, but he’s equally adept at small and inexpensive birdhouses and lanterns. Mostly, he’s interested in preserving the organic, clay-like nature of his material – and with it, [...]

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Tiny: Dreaming Big and Living Small

Smaller is better, say Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller. And they’re out to prove it to the world. Smith embarked on a back-to-the-land quest in 2011, buying five acres in Colorado with the intent of putting down roots at the age of 30. Influenced by the writings of Thoreau and Ed Abbey, he was intrigued [...]

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Banyan Collection: Oversized Comfort

Banyan Collection: Oversized Comfort

Originally designed by an uber-chic Holly Hunt, the Banyan Collection has undergone a deep-seated expansion into outdoor sectional furniture. Link Design Systems founder Gene Freeland says that Hunt wanted clean, classic lines, and comfort in which to languish. He’s kept all that in his line-up of 12 sectional pieces that can be assembled in a [...]

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