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At Auction: A Wright Usonian Home

At Auction: A Wright Usonian Home

A house with a one-of-a-kind pedigree will soon hit the auction block in Los Angeles. Built in 1939 – the same year as Fallingwater – it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, its construction supervised by a young John Lautner. Its most recent owners were Jack Larson (best known for playing cub reporter Jimmy Olson [...]

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In Los Angeles, ‘Mad About Design’

In Los Angeles, ‘Mad About Design’

For Westweek 2016 – themed “Mad About Design” – the Pacific Design Center (PDC) is looking back to a modern Draper from the past. No – not Don Draper from Mad Men. Rather, it’s the larger-than-life look of Dorothy Draper that PDC has set its sights on – in a keynote address called “Rebels of [...]

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Note Cards Inspired by Henry Thoreau

Note Cards Inspired by Henry Thoreau

A crash course in reading Henry David Thoreau led a vacationing Kevin Lippert, founder of Princeton Architectural Press, to publish a series of note cards based on the author’s inspirational words. “It was a great educational experience for me – I hadn’t read as much of his work as in the four months I worked [...]

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Paola Paronetto’s Works in Paper Clay

Paola Paronetto’s Works in Paper Clay

From the province of Pordenone, on the northeast border of Italy, comes some of the most delicate and fragile works ever borne of ┬ápaper and clay. It’s created by ceramicist Paola Paronetto. At Maison & Objet in Paris in September, she’ll present the collection she calls Carocci. It’s the result of different types of paper [...]

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Tom Rossau’s Danish Lighting Designs

Tom Rossau’s Danish Lighting Designs

Danish artisan Tom Rossau takes raw panels of birch veneer, one-and-a-half meters square, then cuts them into strips – and turns them into lampshades. It’s a meticulous business. “There are tiny differences from one to the next and they behave slightly different one to the next,” he says. “The challenge is to get it to [...]

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Photo Note Cards from San Francisco

Photo Note Cards from San Francisco

If the photography in the newest note card set from Princeton Architectural Press seems fairly exquisite, that’s because Fred Lyon has been shooting since he was 13. He’s 91 today – and he’s been photographing San Francisco since the end of the Second World War. “After years of deprivation during the war, it was all [...]

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A Landscape Design for Jeddah Tower

A Landscape Design for Jeddah Tower

So how do you select a landscape architect for the tallest building in the world? If you’re smart, you seek out the firm that’s mastered landscapes at the Shanghai Tower in China and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, among others. More specifically, you’d look for SWA’s John Wong, who designed both. So for Jeddah Tower [...]

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Cinematic Design at Knoll in Houston

Cinematic Design at Knoll in Houston

Taking cues from their previous designs for two new Knoll showrooms – one in New York and another in San Franscisco – designers at Architecture Research Office (ARO) developed a cinematic approach for the company’s newest presence in Houston. “It’s on the ninth floor – when you come up from the ground floor, you can [...]

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Kitsch Is Cool at Utah State University

Kitsch Is Cool at Utah State University

The industrial revolution gave us a number of substantial benefits – mass production and a rising middle class among them. But kitsch art, too, was a byproduct born of that era. “Derived from ‘verkitschen’ (German for “to make cheap”), kitsch was first used in the 1860s and 1870s to describe art sold in street markets [...]

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In New York, Debating Organic Design

In New York, Debating Organic Design

Seventy-five years later, the debate is still fresh. A 1941 home furnishings show at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has inspired a new exhibition aimed at spurring discussions about organic design today The Garden in the Machine: Organic Design 1930 to the Present at the Friedman Benda Gallery in New York takes its cues [...]

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