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An Introduction to Art Collecting

For millennia, kings and clerics alike have understood that little inspires awe and confers power better than a battalion of marble statues, an epic tapestry, or an exquisitely rendered portrait. Any story of art collection, however, is ineluctably a story of economics. Amass a fortune and art is often the first thing you’ll buy. Squander it and those Titians are the first things on the auction block. Yet for as long as the wealthy have adorned their homes with Grecian urns, so too have the hoi polloi managed to squirrel away artworks of their own.
December 30, 2010
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Sam Kaufman on Breuer's B32

I moved apartments over the weekend, and in the great push to clean out the old place in anticipation of the new, I decided to finally do away with a set of (free at the time) dining chairs that I'd never really cared for. Better yet, I came across an architecture office that has closed down and was looking to sell off a rash of cantalievered Marcel Breuer B32 chairs. I scored a handsome quartet of vintage seats but wanted to learn more about them. I turned to LA gallerist and walking design encyclopedia Sam Kaufman for a history lesson, and to learn how to tell if my seats are authentic. Oh the lesson I received.
December 27, 2010
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Erik Thorstensson on Creatables

Earlier this month I posted a little round-up of products by the recycling mavens behind the Swedish design firm Creatables. I've had a subsequent email exchange with Erik Thorstensson, one of Creatables' founders, and here's what he had to say about his company's genesis, the state of men's tennis, and the challenges of sourcing industrial castoffs from which to make new, winsome products.
December 24, 2010
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Anders Färdig

“I was born into this,” says Design House Stockholm CEO Anders Färdig of his work in the design industry. “I had no chance!” His father and godfather helmed venerable Swedish glass companies, and after studying marketing and economics at university, Färdig eventually followed them into the furnishings field. As Scandinavian design found an audience beyond the Nordic lands, his desire to promote homegrown talent—and the simple, practical spirit that guides the family’s work—led to management jobs with Kosta Boda, BodaNova, and Duka before he founded DHS in 1994. “We are trying to take care of international creativity very much like a natural resource.”  
December 23, 2010
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Modern Handbags

December 22, 2010
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Laurie Simmons on Tiny Furniture

In Lena Dunham’s hit indie comedyTiny Furniture, she plays Aura, a recently minted college grad who has come home to her art star mother, overachieved high school-aged sister and the Tribeca loft they live in. As Aura navigates the rocky shoals of post-college life, the loft her family lives in plays a kind of understated character in the film. Is it really home, or just a way station to the dreamed-of New York apartment she aims to share with a college buddy? Can she do as she pleases or must she ask her mother’s permission to have a friend over, or to drink a bottle of wine? All told, it’s a charming debut film made all the more remarkable by the fact that Dunham’s mother and sister play Aura’s mother and sister, and that the film was shot in the loft the family actually inhabits. I had a quick chat with Laurie Simmons—Dunham’s on and off-screen mom and a successful artist—about seeing her house onscreen, the demerits of overhead lighting, and who designed those hilarious white cabinets.   
December 21, 2010
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Garden Statement

On a once-vacant corner lot in a transitional Jersey City neighborhood, a pair of local architects devised a clever prefab for a resourceful client.
December 19, 2010
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Eco-Friendly Lighting's New Look

YLighting recently alerted us to the new energy-efficient lighting designs they're carrying online. The market for energy-efficient lights is currently booming (and is estimated to grow 35% per year through 2012), so with their slate of new Light Emitting Diode (LED) and fluorescent lamps, they're onto something.
December 19, 2010
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Modern Coat Racks

As evidenced by my recent Holiday Gift Guide, I've got storage on the brain. Inspired by my friend Mary Halvorson—a very talented musician who happens to be in the market for a coat rack—I've put together this roundup of seven modern, compact, and affordable (and, also, um, not-so-affordable) coat racks that look as good as they work.
December 16, 2010