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  1. Windows at Bergdorf Goodman
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    Windows at Bergdorf Goodman

    "To window-shop," we learned in our November 2010 issue's Introduction to Retail Design, dates back to 1922—but it wasn't until the 1930s that shops  spiced up their...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.18.10

  2. And the Pursuit of Happiness
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    And the Pursuit of Happiness

    Not so long ago I had a chance to talk with illustrator Maira Kalman when she came to San Francisco for the launch of a retrospective of her work at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Though we...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.15.10

  3. The Best of Dutch Design?
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    The Best of Dutch Design?

    NAi Publishing, in collaboration with the Dutch Design Awards, recently released the 2010 Dutch Design Yearbook, a 216-page atlas of the best, newest, and most innovative work by designers in the...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.11.10

  4. Architecture Reads on Google Books
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    Architecture Reads on Google Books

    Far be it from me to suggest you spend your spare computer time reading—those R. Kelly vids are certainly not going to watch themselves—but after a quick advanced search on Google Books...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.10.10

  5. Beauty in Decay
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    Beauty in Decay

    In the beginning of Beauty in Decay: The Art of Urban Exploration, collaborators Jeremy Gibbs ("RomanyWG") and Patrick Potter posit that "the strange thing is not that Urban...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.09.10

  6. A Week at the Airport: Part II
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    A Week at the Airport: Part II

    Earlier this week I had a go at the first half of Alain de Botton's new book A Week at the Airport, where he reports on a week spent at Heathrow's Terminal 5 as the airport's writer-in...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.28.10

  7. A Week at the Airport: Part I
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    A Week at the Airport: Part I

    Not so long ago I read the English pop philospher and writer Alain de Botton's book The Architecture of Happiness. It was a middling book, one that took great pains to make the case that the...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.26.10

  8. 3D Typography
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    3D Typography

    Does the alphabet take on more meaning when it’s freed from the confines of cast-in-lead movable type, pen and paper, and the frame of a computer screen? Capturing words and letters in media...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    10.19.10

  9. Lapham's Quarterly on the City
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    Lapham's Quarterly on the City

    I fell hard for Lapham's Quarterly earlier this year when by chance I happened into a bookstore shortly before founder Lewis Lapham gave not so much a reading as a recounting of his...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.05.10

  10. John Pawson: Plain Space
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    John Pawson: Plain Space

    "John Pawson Plain Space," a retrospective of British architect John Pawson's work, is on view at London's Design Museum until January 2011. Coinciding with the exhibition, Phaidon Press...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    09.30.10

  11. Postertext's Literary Wall Art
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    Postertext's Literary Wall Art

    What bibliophile, understanding that he maybe ought not cover all the walls of his apartment with shelves of books and stacks of journals, hasn't then moved onto classic book covers as his next...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.29.10

  12. Rick Moreland Reads a Building
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    Rick Moreland Reads a Building

    One of the joys of visiting Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to see Rick and Susan Moreland's house for one of our October features was chatting books with Rick. He's the head of the English department at...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.21.10

  13. Re:Crafted, by Marc Kristal
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    Re:Crafted, by Marc Kristal

    I finally got my hands on a copy of contributing editor Marc Kristal's lush new book, Re:Crafted: Interpretations of Craft in Contemporary Architecture and Interiors, which was published by the...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    09.02.10

  14. Illustration Play 2
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    Illustration Play 2

    Berkeley–based publisher Gingko Press's latest offering is a whimsical celebration of illustrations that literally jump off the page using traditional crafts like quilling and papercutting....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.30.10

  15. Art of the Novella Series
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    Art of the Novella Series

    I'm something of a sucker for graphically clever series of paperbacks. Penguin's Great Ideas series is nice, if hit-or-miss, and of course the classic Penguin covers are second to none. I was...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.12.10

  16. Parsing Perec
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    Parsing Perec

    A few months back I received a pair of new books from the small Wakefield Press in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and have come to like them both very much. The first, a translation of Balzac's Treatise...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.06.10

  17. Shelved By Color
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    Shelved By Color

    I went to the Dwell bookcase today to look for the tome Mutations by Rem Koolhaas and others. I was following up on a note from the fact checker on a Koolhaas quote and needed that book to...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.23.10

  18. The Small Stakes: Music Posters
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    The Small Stakes: Music Posters

    Graphic design rarely gets better than when it's put to music and put through a screen. And few create concert posters better than Jason Munn. In a new release published this year by Chronicle...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.07.10

  19. Storefront Newsprints
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    Storefront Newsprints

    Few forms of reading leave a physical reminder of the act itself, but to page through the two volumes of collected newsprints from Storefront for Art and Architecture is to truly feel and see the...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    06.03.10

  20. V&A Pattern Series II
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    V&A Pattern Series II

    Last year, the Victoria and Albert Museum dug into its archives of decorative textile patterns and published its first set of pattern books. Next week, the London museum will release the second set...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.25.10

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