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Tom Blachford's Latest "Midnight Modern" Photographs
There is a long list of place around the world that have been so extensively photographed one wonders if it's even possible to cast them in new light, present something new, or keep the mythos alive. Palm Springs falls upon that list with its decades...
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Louis Pretty Serves Up Design and Pastrami in Berlin
Restaurateur trio Oskar Melzer, James Ardinast and David Ardinast (behind Stanley Diamond and Maxie Eisen in Frankfurt) have just opened their latest venture, this time in Berlin. Like its predecessors, Louis Pretty takes its name from a historic...
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Asaba Ryokan
A 90-minute train ride to the south west of Tokyo on the Izu peninsula, in a small village called Shuzenji, is Asaba, a 500-year-old ryokan that, since our recent visit, has become the sole destination of our continued daydreams. Known for Wasabi...
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Eero Saarinen's TWA Flight Center
This weekend New Yorkers were treated to one last chance to step inside Eero Saarinen's TWA Flight Terminal in its original form before renovation begins to transform it in to the lobby for the forthcoming JetBlue hotel. Made possible by Open House...
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Petal Clock
While it was made back in 1957 (by NYC's George Nelson Associates for the Howard Miller Clock Company), the Petal Clock is as beautiful today as it ever was. Inspired by a four-leaf clover, this authentic Nelson clock (now archived in the the Vitra...
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Word of Mouth: Palm Springs with Gerry McGovern
By Josh Rubin and Evan Orensten Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, first visited Palm Springs 20 years ago and immediately fell in love with the modernist oasis in the Southern California desert. Last week, as...
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Tom Blachford's New Midnight Modern Photos
Debuting during Palm Springs Modernism Week 2015 (a 10-day cultural event celebrating mid-century modern design, architecture, fashion and culture), photography exhibition "Midnight Modern" captures the sublime essence of lunar illumination. Melbourne...
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Hélène Binet Captures a Hidden Architectural Gem in Cyprus
The modernist work of the late Cypriot architect Neoptolemos Michaelides fuses Brutalism, ancient architecture and the leisure of Mediterranean living. Michaelides studied under great architects like Gio Ponti and Bruno Zevi in the 1940s, but his...
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Cactus Coat Stand
The original Cactus coat stand was designed by Guido Drocco and Franco Mello for legendary Italian furniture manufacturer Gufram. An iconic object born out of rebellion to the austere modernism of the 1960s, the playful sculpture holds as much relevance...
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The Good Mod
Housed in one of NW's traditional warehouse loft spaces, The Good Mod is an absolute treasure trove of Mid-Century Modern and industrial design. Stacks of vintage Eames molded fiberglass chairs extend to the ceiling, while inspiring vignettes populate...
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Faris Jewelry
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest one must find ways to deal with days spent inside due to the dominating rainfall that blankets the region. As a child, Faris Du Graf found herself drawn to design during such times, thanks to her family's furniture...
DESIGN
Edward Durell Stone: Modernism's Populist Architect
Controversial modernist, notorious drinker, architectural tycoon—Edward Durell Stone wore many hats during his long and storied career. In "Edward Durell Stone: Modernism's Populist Architect," historian Mary Anne Hunting hopes to uncover...
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Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies
Amongst the expanses of desperate homes and floundering businesses the media has repeatedly brought to light, a lone two towers and low lying complex of townhouses stands in downtown Detroit. Lafayette Park, as it's called, comprises the largest...
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Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design
Saul Bass, best known for transforming the way movies begin, was in fact a designer of incredible versatility. As design historian Pat Kirkham shows in his forthcoming book on Bass (co-authored with Bass' daughter Jennifer), the legendary "visual...
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Prouvé RAW
Prouvé RAW, G-Star's latest collaboration in promoting its creative approach to other fields outside of clothing, links the denim brand with modernist Jean Prouvé's furniture designs. Two years ago, the Amsterdam-based company approached Swiss...
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From Photography to Design
Even design dilettantes will know Charlotte Perriand as a famous architect, pioneer of 20th-century interiors design and as the designer behind some of Le Corbusier's most iconic furniture. But taking on a less-known side of the legend, the exhibition...
DESIGN
Soap Chair
Getting a "do-over" usually only happens in video games, and it's even rarer still in the world of design. With Eero Aarnio's molded fiberglass Soap Chair, he's improved on his own classic design, creating a version of his revered 1968 Pastil Chair...
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Image. Architecture. Now.
Known as "one shot Shulman" for his knack for capturing subjects perfectly on the first try, architectural photographer Julius Shulman first entranced the world with his image "Case Study House #22, Los Angeles, 1960. Pierre Koenig, Architect...
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Painting Toward Architecture
One of the greatest historians of American architecture, Henry-Russell Hitchcock helped shape the way we consider the medium today. An advocate of architecture as art over absolute function, Hitchcock wrote numerous books on the subject of architectural...
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The Modern House
Finding a truly spectacular holiday home to buy or rent can be an impossibly difficult, time-consuming task. Architecture journalists Albert Hill and Matt Gibberd have changed that with The Modern House, a U.K.-based real estate site dedicated to...
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The Metropolitan London
Of the many perks a hotel stay offers, one of the best and simplest luxuries is the kind of mesmerizingly beautiful view that London's Metropolitan has. Situated on the corner of Hyde Park, the building's floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the vast...
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Eva Zeisel at Room & Board
In 1999, James Klein and David Reid of ceramics design firm KleinReid approached living legend Eva Zeisel about a possible collaboration. The fruits of their labor—limited edition archival prints and vases—now sell from Room & Board...
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Richard Meier: Architect Volume 5
by Anna Carnick In celebration of Richard Meier Architect Volume 5," this latest volume reveals that time hast slowed Meier down at all. Focusing on his work between 2004 and 2009, the book offers a thorough and intimate understanding of Meier...
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