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Bryant lamp by Schoolhouse Electric

Accessories from Schoolhouse Electric

I have always associated the Portland-based company Schoolhouse Electric solely with classic, vintage-inspired lighting, and only recently discovered that they sell much more than that in their retail showroom and online. Here are some of my favorite finds. Most of them are made in America, most are somewhat affordable, and all will add a stylish accent to your living space. Now's a great time to check out the site and pick up some treats for yourself or as gifts; they're offering 30% off on selected items as part of their "spring cleaning" sale.
April 10, 2012
maximizing small space in japan

Simple Division

A Tokyo architect’s shape-shifting apartment takes a holistic approach to live/work style.
February 13, 2012
Scandic Grand Central in Stockholm

The Scandic Grand Central, Stockholm

Greetings from Sweden! I'm traveling in Stockholm to cover the 2012 Furniture and Light Fair and my home away from home for the next few days is the Grand Central, the flagship of Swedish super hotel brand Scandic that opened in November of 2011. Housed in a building that dates from 1885, the hotel is designed by Koncept Stockholm and is mix of Ace Hotel swank, with a touch of 19th century Viennese luxury, and, of course, Scandinavian chic. The designers call it "a love affair between the grand Vienna-style city palace and street life of Stockholm." It's located just a couple blocks down from the T-Centralen station (the transit hub of Stockholm), which is ultra convenient for travelers relying on trains. For those who don't mind hoofing it—and in a city as scenic and comfortably scaled as Stockholm, my preferred route of travel even in the current -5° Celsius weather—the hotel is within walking distance of Gamla Stan (the historic old town) and Östermalm (where design district is located). It's also three metro stops from Södermalm (the section filled with great boutiques, cafes, and fashionable twenty-somethings). Let's have a look inside the hotel.
February 5, 2012
Kex Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland

Kex Hostel, Reykjavik

Any traveler who’s been drawn to the magical desolation and unique energy of Iceland and its people knows that finding interesting places to stay has been quite a challenge. Last May this all changed thanks to Kex Hostel, a new hostel concept that was an instant hit with locals and tourists alike. There are 16 bunk-bedded dorm rooms—and if you aren’t a 20-something backpacker anymore you can stay in one of sixteen private rooms, two of which have a private bath.
January 31, 2012
Hallway interior with red cord ceiling light

Lighting Up

A dim Toronto Tudor gets an airy new look, thanks to a top-level remodel and some bright ideas.
January 25, 2012
Modern Bubeshko Apartments facade

Self Preservation

With the help of DSH Architects, a pair of intrepid Angelenos restored (and gently updated) Rudolph Schindler’s iconic Bubeshko Apartments.
January 23, 2012
Italian architect Renzo Piano

10 Minute Interview: Renzo Piano

I met with Italian architect and Pritzker Prize winner Renzo Piano one week before the official opening of his latest museum project, an addition to the historic Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, whose original building (nicknamed "the palace") opened in 1903. We chatted in the Living Room, an airy meeting place on the ground floor of the new wing, which is decorated in mid-century furniture upholstered in vibrant reds and oranges, grounded by a brick wall covered in suspension shelves, and accented by real, live chirping birds. 
January 19, 2012
Mezzadro Stool By Castiglioni For Zanotta

Retail Therapy from MoMA

If you can't get enough of design history's classics, then you're in luck: MoMA just added re-issues of six iconic pieces from their permanent collection to their store. The pieces are discounted for museum members, so now's as good of a time as any to take one of these home (and renew your membership, too). I'm eyeing the Mezzadro Seat (and the Eames DCM, and the Aalto stool...), but there's plenty more to be had in their store.
January 13, 2012
Embroidery design by MaricorMaricar

Textiles in Motion

Sydney-based embroidery designers MaricorMaricar hit our radar screen back in August with a series called Turns of Speech, weaving misheard lyrics into textile magic. We got on the horn with Maricar Manalo, one half of the fledgling company, to check in on the twin sister super-duo's latest sewn projects and discover what's next for 2012.
January 5, 2012
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