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Jim Olson’s Sanctuary and Home Base

Jim Olson’s Sanctuary and Home Base

Oh, my land is like a wild goose Wanders all around everywhere Trembles and it shakes ’til every tree is loose It rolls the meadows and it rolls the nails –  Gram Parsons, “A Song for You” (1972) For 56 years now, architect Jim Olson has been designing and building a sanctuary and a retreat [...]

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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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In Asheville, a New Modern Museum

In Asheville, a New Modern Museum

Duality is the theme of designer Randy Shull’s new space for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) in downtown Asheville. The center is the first of two phases, and totals just 1,300 square feet. The second, across the street from the initial 56 Broadway location, will be larger. Much of Shull’s design [...]

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Miami’s Brilliant Brillhart Residence

Miami’s Brilliant Brillhart Residence

Wood is the operative word here. As in Ipe for facing, stairs, siding, and columns. Western red cedar for shutters. White oak for flooring. And American cherry for doors and vanities. “We were lucky to get our hands on what my dad had been storing away forever,” says architect Jake Brillhart of the cherry millwork. [...]

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Above the Fold: Agent for Architects

Above the Fold: Agent for Architects

First of all, there’s the agency’s name: Above the Fold implies both a roster of A-list clients and a familiarity with the value of prime placement in the news. Then there’s the concept: total representation for architects, along the lines of what an agent does for artists or film greats. But not necessarily for starchitects. [...]

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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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Views of Beirut and the Mediterranean

Views of Beirut and the Mediterranean

Here we have a high-rise in Beirut that’s akin to a pair of bifocals. 109 Architects has created a 14-story residential structure that looks out to the streetscape on its lower levels – and out to the Mediterranean Sea from above. “The approach is mainly urban and practical, and takes full advantage of the area,” [...]

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New RISD President Is an Artisan Too

New RISD President Is an Artisan Too

The Rhode Island School of Design’s (RISD) new president sees her administrative duties through the eyes of an artisan. She should – Rosanne Somerson was once a RISD student who earned her degree in industrial design. That was before RISD offered degrees in furniture design – a short-lived situation. When Somerson began to teach there, [...]

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In Vermont, Five Musicians’ Cottages

In Vermont, Five Musicians’ Cottages

Spartan is the first word that first comes to mind here. Five cottages in Marlboro, Vt. – a tiny town near the Green Mountains, home to the equally tiny, 200-student Marlboro College – take their cues from the 18th-century farmhouses that make up the campus. “We took the proportions of a 400 year old typology,” [...]

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