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How Will We Work?

We have all had to adjust, and swiftly, to a shifting social environment — one in which we have been forced to adopt brand new ways to navigate, literally, around the safety and protection of ourselves and other members of our communities...
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The Overlooked Beauty of the Unwanted

You’ve almost certainly heard the expression, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” In the case of Berlin-based visual artist Henry Baumann, what one person discards can become an art installation that appeals to more than ...
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Green Instinct

For most of us, there is an innate longing to be surrounded by other living things. Some believe biophilia is coded into our very genes. While a deep and sustained communion with nature and wildlife isn’t possible for everyone, perhaps th...
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Feeling Blue–It’s all about Blue, Now and Then

Although the new Pantone color of 2020 is Blue, many years back Yves Klein the artist declared a most vibrant blue. The French artist Yves Klein was renowned for his dedication to color in his work, and blue was his sign...
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New Year, New Blue

Identifying a “color of the year,” a tradition Pantone started 20 years ago, has become a revered practice that many industries rely upon. The year 2000 was designated the year of Cerulean Blue, and two decades later Pantone has once mo...
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Colors from Paris

Some glorious design trends were presented during Paris Design Week in January of this year, and one of the most thrilling was the focus on color. The freshest tones borrow from nature, as human beings have done for centuries, and the names...
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Trends in Luxury

Last year we observed a shifting of preferences within the luxury segment of real estate that is predicted to continue throughout 2020. Here are 4 of the exciting new trends, according to the North American Luxury Market Report.   ...
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What Endures

Louis Kahn, renowned American architect, planned the construction of numerous civic structures. Among them was public housing, viaduct systems, and streets and roads in the city of Philadelphia. He did not arrive at his distinctive modernis...
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Uncramp Your Style

What can you do to make a small space feel practical and comfortable, and most importantly — uncrowded? The ideas in this article come from Urban Outfitters’ team of directors and designers, and they are strikingly versatile. Even if yo...
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An Aesthetic ‘Promised Land’

Who were some of the pioneers of interior design?   Before she became an esteemed novelist, Edith Wharton was a practicing decorator and designer —  interests to which she was passionately dedicated. Rather than innovating new...
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What Was Is What’s New

What’s on trend for 2018? Not surprisingly, the future is beckoning from the past. Wood has been a signature element in architecture for hundreds of years, one of the longest-standing building materials in existence. Its popularity has...
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Ethical Architecture

Buildings can be beautiful. They can be ballasts against the elements, safeguarding the lives inside. Their materials can be smartly sourced, and interiors shaped and styled to make the most out of the charac...
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Opening to the Arch

This article from Design Sponge collects images of an array of architectural arches, in homes, shops and offices, to remind...
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Modeling the Future

Robert Raushenberg, whose career spanned 60 years and multiple dimensions, has always been a harbinger of what’s to come, and what we should experiment with as human artists — not just creatively, but als...
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Spring Is Upon Us

Spring is around the corner, and I am surprised by the beauty of an early garden before flowers have begun to bloom. A long project has finally come to fruition, and I am amazed at the loveliness of the space. Outdoor environments create an...
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The Elegance of Grey

Neutral but balanced, the color grey encompasses a coolness and a calmness that makes it a fantastic choice for any room. Choosing grey walls, a grey couch, grey cabinets or grey bed spreads, in shades either brighter or more subdued, allow...
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Designs of the Times

The winners of this year’s fifth annual AZ awards competition are a collage of some of the brightest ideas from around the world. They reveal a refreshingly optimistic global vision of the not-too-distant fu...
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A Slice of San Francisco

The city of San Francisco is growing fast, and in every direction — especially up. Architects explain that the surge in housing has been met in two ways. First, historical homes and buildings are being renovated and retrofitted with moder...
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Pooled Resources

These magnificent private pools give us a glimpse into the evolution of the traditional outdoor swimming pool. Set into the landscape as though naturally intended, the architects responsible for these works of art have added a unique dimens...
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Our Gardens, Ourselves

New York-based interior designer Charlotte Moss, also an avid gardener, describes her technique in creating memorable and inspiring outdoor oases. “Atmosphere, an ephemeral quality, is the perfume of a place,” she writes. In a garden, t...
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The Heights of Past Wonders

Taking the theme of the blending of past and present even further, a newly proposed project to build a skyscraper in Cairo, Egypt aims to reflect the majesty of the ancient pyramids of Giza by mimicking their shape and structure in modern m...
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Opposites Attract

When a space can hold opposites — soft and sharp, vivid alongside muted, ornate next to natural — each item is illuminated with new life in the collection. What better way to showcase a vintage (or a modern piece) than by placing it bes...
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Modern History

In this fantastic architectural feat, the inherited history of a neo-classical building from the 1930s in Tel Aviv, Israel has been honored with a facelift that preserves its past. The dwelling’s original features have been beautifully au...
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Pride of Place

The first woman ever licensed to practice architecture in California, Julia Morgan was a pioneer on many fronts. Esteemed for her skill in utilizing materials from the natural environment to create facades and interiors that merged elegance...
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Art of Preservation

Residents of Vancouver’s waterfront were watching the worrying rate of the ocean’s destructive capacity on the shoreline along which they lived. Architect Paul Sangha proposed a solution that capitalizes on the sustainability inherent i...
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