A Laurel Canyon Home in Manhattan

A Laurel Canyon Home in Manhattan

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Kat Cohen has transformed her Turtle Bay home in New York into a reminder of the California she left behind. “It’s like a cool Laurel Canyon house,” she says. The townhouse on East 51st Street was renovated in the mid 1950s by...

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Ennead’s Humanist Research Machine

Ennead’s Humanist Research Machine

A productive collision, the architects at Ennead Architects like to call it. As in Jonas Salk, stumped in his search for a polio vaccine, bumping into a colleague in a stairwell and describing his dilemma. As it turned out, the fellow had written a paper on the problem a decade...

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‘B Is for Bauhaus, Y is for YouTube’

‘B Is for Bauhaus, Y is for YouTube’

Not since Herb Lubalin’s “U&lc”  folded in 1999 has there been a publication like this one. Sure, it’s a small book, but it’s thick, at 474 pages. It’s deep, too, with a title of “B is for Bauhaus, Y is for YouTube.” And...

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In Austin, the Look of Charred Wood

In Austin, the Look of Charred Wood

An ancient method of charring wood to preserve it – while rendering it insect-free and fire-resistant – now proudly calls its Texas home. Shou Sugi Ban has been used for centuries as exterior siding in Japan, where cedar or pine is burned, then cleaned and finished...

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Porsche + Poggenpohl in the Kitchen

Porsche + Poggenpohl in the Kitchen

The last time the designers at Poggenpohl and Porsche Design Studio got together was in 2009. The result was the P`7340, a fitted kitchen built for a man’s needs and tastes, along the lines of the precious little speedster that’s been dominating Germany’s...

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In Paris, Paper Clay by Paola Paronetto

In Paris, Paper Clay by Paola Paronetto

Paola Paronetto’s family of paper clay products rarely fails to amaze. The new Cartocci Print collection, on display recently at Maison & Objet in Paris, is made with her paper clay in her usual production process, but presents new aesthetic details from the...

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In Normandy, An Old Barn’s New Life

In Normandy, An Old Barn’s New Life

Toby Alleyne-Gee didn’t study architecture or interior design in school. No. He spent his time at university in London and Zurich polishing up his language skills in Italian and German, along with art history. Then he set himself up as a Zurich-based writer and translator,...

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The Two-for-One Woodland Cottage

The Two-for-One Woodland Cottage

A stone cottage recently created for the Rhode Island Flower Show has turned into a woodland assignment for a pair of landscape architects. “We spent months prepping out a display with plants and trees,” says Samantha Best, partner with her husband, Neil, in Magma...

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The Magical Views from One Madison

The Magical Views from One Madison

First, consider its precedents: There’s the nearby 1902 Flatiron Building by Daniel Burnham and the 1905 Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower by Napoleon Labrun – not to mention Madison Square Park with its 1881 statue of Admiral David Farragut by Augustus...

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New England Birdhouses by Neil Best

New England Birdhouses by Neil Best

Some are Gothic, some are Italianate and one even takes its cues from the Chrysler Building. But all are painstakingly designed and assembled by landscape architect Neil Best. Located on the Rhode Island and Massachusetts border, his birdhouses are in serious demand today...

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