In Palo Alto, a Rammed-Earth House

In Palo Alto, a Rammed-Earth House

The clients wanted sustainable. The architect suggested rammed earth. They called in David Easton, a guru with 40 years’ experience perfecting the technology, and got to work. “We used soil from the foundation to make a beautiful wall, and we weren’t transporting a lot of...

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‘Looking Up’ at Raleigh’s Trig Modern

‘Looking Up’ at Raleigh’s Trig Modern

A pair of Carolina hipsters – Trig Modern and Raleigh Denim Workshop – have teamed up to feature chairs and fabrics from Bernhart Furniture. Raleigh Denim designed the Bernhart fabrics. A mile and a half away from its downtown factory, Trig showcases them, along with...

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A Book Full of 9/11 Memorial Visions

A Book Full of 9/11 Memorial Visions

Back in 2003, Lester Levine and his wife entered the design competition for a memorial on the site of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. They didn’t win. That honor went to a young Israeli-American architect named Michael Arad. His graceful entry – a series of...

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Economies of Scale from New Ravenna

Economies of Scale from New Ravenna

As it turns out, size does matter. Particularly when it comes to large mosaic patterns from Sara Baldwin’s New Ravenna showroom and warehouse on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She’s come up with a collection of hefty pieces of stone in familiar patterns – a...

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First Light: ICA’s Decade of Collecting

First Light: ICA’s Decade of Collecting

Ten years after opening the doors to its Diller Scofidio + Renfro museum on Boston Harbor, the Institute for Contemporary Art is celebrating with an exhibition of its newly minted permanent collection. “There are 250 works in the collection – there are some...

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Furniture Hand-Crafted by Jim Probst

Furniture Hand-Crafted by Jim Probst

Jim Probst is a self-taught woodworker who got his start when he realized he and his wife needed furniture for their new home. “My dad had a basement shop, and I thought: ‘I can make stuff,” he says. “Then I found out I enjoyed it.” He never looked back – eventually...

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At PEM, the Pleasure and Pain of Shoes

At PEM, the Pleasure and Pain of Shoes

There are the form-pressed “Nova” shoes designed by Zaha Hadid, with unsupported, six-and-two-tenths-of-an-inch heels. The Chinese lotus shoes, designed for bound feet. The now-infamous Vivienne Westwood blue platforms worn by Naomi Campbell during her runway fall in...

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In Boulder, Arch11’s Commercial Infill

In Boulder, Arch11’s Commercial Infill

The last infill site on 19th-century Walnut Street in Boulder, Colo. is now occupied by a building that works in context while speaking a 21st century language. “We wanted it to react to the solidity of the street but also to work within the proportions and cadence of the...

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An Asheville Bauhaus Legacy Expands

An Asheville Bauhaus Legacy Expands

A 2014 grant got the ball rolling. Then a museum opened at 56 Broadway in 2015. Now the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM + AC) is expanding across the street in hip, tiny but growing Asheville, N.C. – with an architectural installation. It’s riding...

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Sara Baldwin’s Gilt by Association

Sara Baldwin’s Gilt by Association

One of our all-time  favorite artisans is Sara Baldwin, who has a studio and operation on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She is, in fact, the largest employer in the town of Exmore, and she makes exquisite mosaics from exotic materials imported from all four corners of the...

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