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Hypernatural: Brave. New. Designs.

Hypernatural: Brave. New. Designs.

First there was biomimicry; now there’s hypernatural architecture. Artists, architects and students worldwide are beginning to explore the concept of designing with crystals and algae. At the International Building Exhibition in Hamburg in 2012, the BIQ House debuted with a bio-skin of micro-algae cultivated in glass elements to produce energy and control light and shade. [...]

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Jim Marshall’s Iconic 1960s Photos

Jim Marshall’s Iconic 1960s Photos

Jim Marshall’s success as a photographer can be attributed to his insistence on one non-negotiable term from his subjects: Access to everything. “He’d rather not be paid and not eat than not have total access,” says Amelia Davis, his former assistant. A number of his heretofore unseen photos are about to be published in a [...]

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Michael Golden’s Avenue Mosaic Tiles

Michael Golden’s Avenue Mosaic Tiles

Michael Golden is striving to bring mosaics to the masses. At Avenue Mosaic, the RISD grad and alumnus of Hastings Tile (he says he got started with a part-time job that turned into a full-time career there) Golden likes to spot emerging trends, match them, and then produce them in quanties. “By looking at multiple [...]

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Gaetano Pesce at Allouche in SoHo

Gaetano Pesce at Allouche in SoHo

Gaetano Pesce is a 21st-century Renaissance man. It seems inevitable. His mother was from Venice, his father from Florence, and he grew up between the two, eventually attending the University School of Architecture in Venice. As a result, he defines his work in an all-encompassing, classical sense. “During the Renaissance, there were poems, sculpture and [...]

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Mohamad Kanaan’s New Mirror Chairs

Mohamad Kanaan’s New Mirror Chairs

A poem, a chair, a mirror, and a memory. That’s the essence of Mohamad Kanaan’s newest project, called Mirror Chairs The 25-year-old, who studied architecture at the American University of Beirut and earned his MFA from the Art Institute in Chicago, has created three odes to his childhood. The poem narrates a personal memory, like [...]

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Tile Envy: A Book by Deborah Osburn

Tile Envy: A Book by Deborah Osburn

Deborah Osburn is a guru and an evangelist. Not for a cult or a religion, but for artisanal tile. And not those old salt-and-pepper, bull-nosed, functional bathroom ceramics, but something a little loftier. She’s a champion of transcendent tiles – the ones that’ll shake up perspectives and enlighten those who behold them. “In the last [...]

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Vintage Lighting from Futility Studios

Vintage Lighting from Futility Studios

A biostatistician during the week, Joseph Wislar restores and customizes vintage cars on the weekends. Currently, he can boast of a ’59 Chevy and a ’65 Econoline; he just sold a 1963 Corvair. That leaves him with a bounty of spare auto parts, so he’s taken to reassembling them into new forms and functions. For [...]

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Fine Lighting by Studio Italia Design

Fine Lighting by Studio Italia Design

Studio Italia Design is a designer and manufacturer of lighting fixtures in Venice, Italy and Miami, Fla., known for its unique and high-quality lighting objects.  A+A recently interviewed David Weisinger, director of Studio Italia USA, via email: How long has the company been in business? Studio Italia Design has been the leading designer and producer [...]

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150 of the Best Ideas for Small Spaces

150 of the Best Ideas for Small Spaces

Harper Collins has just released “150 Best Mini Interior Ideas,” by Francesc Zamora Mola. At eight-by-eight inches in size, it may seem diminutive at first glance, but its 504 pages are jam-packed with simple and beautiful ideas for designing small spaces. A+A recently interviewed its Barcelona-based author via email: What was the inspiration for the [...]

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The Saga of Harry Allen’s Pig Bank

The Saga of Harry Allen’s Pig Bank

Sometimes, things are just meant to be. That’s what New York industrial designer Harry Allen discovered along the way to creating his pig bank. It was to be part of his “Reality” collection of decorative objects for the home. Inspired in 2003 by the advent of reality television, Allen embarked on a “hunter/gatherer” search for [...]

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