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Arcosanti, by Paolo Soleri

January 5, 2012

Arcosanti, by Paolo Soleri

Arcosanti, designed by Italian-born architect Paolo Soleri, is an experimental architectural complex perched on the side of a gulch in the Arizona desert, about 70 miles north of Phoenix. 

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Berber rugs from the Beni Ouarain region

June 27, 2011

Berber rugs from the Beni Ouarain region

The impulse in Berber rug-making to both interrupt and also loosely maintain a pattern seems unique in traditional textiles. If not unique, then it’s hard to name a tradition that equals Berber mastery of this particular tension.

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Wood and paper lamps from Japan

September 11, 2009

Wood and paper lamps from Japan

“Our lighting is hand-built in Japan from natural materials, including the hand-made paper (washi) of Eriko Horiki, the bent Japanese cedar of Toshiyuki Tani’s Wappa series, the coiled beech wood of the Bunaco Lacquer Ware Company, and the todomatsu pine slats of Takumi Kohgei.

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YOU HAVE BEEN HERE SOMETIME

August 14, 2009

YOU HAVE BEEN HERE SOMETIME


The blog YOU HAVE BEEN HERE SOMETIME does, as its title suggests, provoke an uncanny sensation. It’s halfway between a feeling of deja vu and a renewed sense of the mysterious life of objects.

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Roger Tallon’s helicoid spiral staircase

June 27, 2009

Roger Tallon’s helicoid spiral staircase

This disassemblable spiral staircase by French industrial designer Roger Tallon is, not surprisingly, in the design collection of the MOMA. It is both ingenious in engineering terms and beautiful.

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70s kitchen

June 22, 2009

70s kitchen

From the 1975 edition of Inside Today’s Home. “A vividly colored, streamlined kitchen forms one wall of the major group space in this minimal-care beach house. The brilliant blue and red scheme contrasts strikingly with the clean-lined Breuer and Mies van der Rohe furniture and a soft goat hair rug.

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Plywood in Paris loft

May 18, 2009

Plywood in Paris loft

This Paris loft was renovated by architects Karine Chartier and Thomas Corbasson who trained in the studio of Jean Nouvel (last year’s Pritzker Award winner). The space is an old industrial laboratory – you can see the building’s original freight elevator below.

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Typography over at the Russian People’s Home

April 28, 2009

Typography over at the Russian People’s Home

The Russian Hall, formerly the Russian People’s Home, consistently produces typography so clear, so straightforward, so capitalized it is a manifesto in itself, design or political. This what happens when you try to produce design degree zero: the more you eschew style, the more you achieve it.

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Donald Judd’s loft at 101 Spring Street

April 25, 2009

Donald Judd’s loft at 101 Spring Street

This is artist Donald Judd’s loft in Soho, maintained as a museum and open for viewing after recent restorations. It was one of the first artist’s lofts in Soho – not to mention in New York – and is now almost the paradigmatic example of loft living.

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