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Alejandro Sticotti's Teahouse

I met with the Argentinian architect and furniture designer Alejandro Sticotti a few months ago while he was in San Francisco, and he showed me photos he'd snapped the previous week, while on Megijima Island in Japan for the 2010 Setouchi International Art Festival. The annual festival is over now, but I thought I'd still share his images, which show the furnishings and lighting he created for a restaurant on the ground floor of a Japanese ryokan inn on Megijima, one of Japan's Inner Islands.
November 4, 2010
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W New York Downtown

While in New York City last month, I spent a night at the new W New York hotel, downtown in Wall Street. Like all W's, this one was peppered with self-consciously 'cool' design-y touches, some of which grated a bit. That said, I was particularly impressed with two elements of the design: the undulating, glowing ceiling in the lobby (or, excuse me, the "living room"), and the built-in furniture in the guestrooms.
October 21, 2010
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An Introduction to Lighting

One of the oldest proclamations in Western literature—maybe the very oldest, depending on how you see things—is “Let there be light.” And for most of human history, whether we dwelled in caves or in Gilded Age mansions, light was inseparable from heat: Domestic lighting consisted of either letting sunlight inside or burning something organic. The Egyptians were making candles from beeswax and animal fat 5,000 years ago, and except for the discovery of new fuel sources—whale oil, ahoy!—the candle continued to illuminate homes deep into the 19th century.
August 26, 2010
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Electric Sandwich

So you’ve finally made the move from incandescent to CFLs only to learn that you’re well behind the LED wave. Get ready to switch again.
August 26, 2010
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Dim Some, Lose Some

Waste extends far beyond what winds up in the landfill. The International Dark-Sky Association leads the charge against light pollution.
August 26, 2010
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Sunlight on Demand

Fiber-optic cables can be used to pipe and enhance sunlight into homes. Money is saved. The English rejoice.
August 26, 2010
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Lumen on the Horizon

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel; this trio of design luminaries tells us precisely how it will work.
August 26, 2010
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Alex Randall's Trippy Lighting

Alex Randall is not your typical lighting designer. In lieu of new materials, the British lighting designer raids salvage yards and taxidermy shops to create truly innovative and often creepy 'bespoke' lighting installations. Whether you find them magnetic or repellent—or, most likely, a seductive mixture of the two—you won't soon forget her Rat Lamp or Squirrel Wall Lights, both of which debuted at The Future Perfect in New York during ICFF.
August 12, 2010
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Workstead Lighting

Earlier this month, Workstead, a Brooklyn–based design firm comprised of Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler, unveiled their fledgling line of lighting.
July 22, 2010
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