In Seattle, a Humble, Mindful Campus

In Seattle, a Humble, Mindful Campus

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol’s work on the campus of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle has won an award of excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). And for good reason. The firm did its homework on the downtown project, catty cornered...

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Homes Inspired by Tuscany & Curacao

Homes Inspired by Tuscany & Curacao

If you’re going to build a home based on the architecture of northern Italy or the Dutch West Indies, it’s probably a good idea to visit those places. That’s the reasoning that Ryan Perrone, president at Nautilus Homes, applies to his annual visits to Umbria and Curacao....

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The Getty Foundation Keeps It Modern

The Getty Foundation Keeps It Modern

The Getty Foundation is doing its part to preserve the legacy of modern architecture – and expand the base of knowledge about 20th-century material use. Earlier this month, the foundation announced its first 10 grants aimed at respected modern masterpieces. The recipients...

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In Los Angeles, Modernism at Auction

In Los Angeles, Modernism at Auction

There’s no university for learning the art auctioneering business, says Peter Loughrey, executive director of Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA). Sure, Sotheby’s and Christie’s offer a few masters-level courses, but if you’re serious about it, you’re pretty much on...

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Transforming a 1950s California Ranch

Transforming a 1950s California Ranch

For (fer) studio, the Kim residence in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif. was more than a renovation. It was a transformation. Snugged into a hillside in Los Angeles County, the approach to the 1950s ranch-style home was down a steep slope and a winding drive. Its shingle roof was...

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Spin Ceramics, on Crosby St. in SoHo

Spin Ceramics, on Crosby St. in SoHo

When Clay Cunningham decided to launch his first U.S. store for Spin Ceramics – a coveted brand of Chinese tabletop porcelain – he chose Crosby Street in New York’s SoHo district as its location. For good reason. “It was voted the coolest shopping street in America...

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At the Front in the Spanish Civil War

At the Front in the Spanish Civil War

If you were a serious war correspondent in the late 1930s, there were only two places to take up your craft: One was inside the walls of the Hotel Florida in Madrid – and the other was on the front lines in the war between Spain’s fascist and Republican armies. Hemingway...

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Hotel Florida in the Spanish Civil War

Hotel Florida in the Spanish Civil War

Author Amanda Vaill, whose Everybody Was So Young (Houghton Mifflin, 1998) described how the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy intertwined with the likes of Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Archibald MacLeish in 1920s Paris and the French Riviera, has discovered a new nexus: Madrid’s...

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Italian Made from Hastings Tile & Bath

Italian Made from Hastings Tile & Bath

Hastings Tile & Bath is campaigning to bring color – and lots of it – to the bath. Its new Made collection of vanities cabinets are available in more that 50 colors, including metallics, with matte, gloss or lacquered oak finish. “It’s about design flexibility, so...

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Edgy Architecture for the Sound Studio

Edgy Architecture for the Sound Studio

To call Peter Grueneisen an architect for the stars would be an understatement. Since the early 1990s, the Swiss-born, SCI-arc-educated designer has been working with clients like Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Ice-T, Will Smith, the Dave Matthews Band and David Lynch. His...

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