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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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Glazed Old Fashioned

On a shady street just off the main drag of Melbourne, Australia’s hippest inner suburb, a pair of creative types and their two kids have made a bright, cheery home by renovating an 1860s stable, oddly named “Villa Boston.”
July 22, 2010
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Contemporary Nordic Town House

With their light, white house that owes equal debts to its Nordic surroundings and to the Japanese provenance of its architects, a pair of design-minded art lovers are boldly making their mark on their new home: the tiny town of Landskrona, Sweden.
July 19, 2010
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Land Use Survey at Jen Bekman Gallery

Land Use Survey is a new show up at the gallery Jen Bekman in New York through August 15th. It's a group show that ranges across media that tries to understand how we use land in America, and it's at once elegiac, angry, and bedeviled by the strange geometry of our present day infrastructure. Ranging from views of a single plant to aerial shots of our squirreling highways, Land Use Survey investigates where we are while still managing to suggest where we've been and intimate where we might be heading. "I think it is easy to focus on the dire, overdeveloped imagery but in the show I wanted to show as much of the diverse ways that the land is used alongside the diverse ways artists are capturing the land around them," says curator Jeffrey Teuton. Have a look for yourself.
July 17, 2010
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Pieces from a Larger Puzzle

“Pieces from a Larger Puzzle,” an exhibition at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura—a 1950s building in Westwood designed by Robert Alexander, Richard Neutra’s partner—of Italian artist, architect and designer Gaetano Pesce’s work, on display through August 31, spans more than 40 years and covers his myriad designs, from his jiggly poured polyurethane resin vases to his famous womblike La Mamma chairs of expanded polyurethane foam with a self-inflating core. The student of architect Carlo Scarpa, Pesce, who was born in Italy and is based in New York, is known for his innovative and extensive use of resin and plastic, about which he has said, “The materials of the future for me are flexible, translucent, elastic and colorful.” Among the mix of joyfully presented objects of these materials, inscribed on the back wall of the gallery space, was another Pesce allusion to things to come: “The future is a very beautiful creature…the past is not.”
July 14, 2010
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14 Modern Pendant Lights

Flying high in the air with the greatest of ease or low over a table to accent your meal, a pendant illuminates the room like no other kind of fixture.
July 10, 2010
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Artist Maira Kalman at the CJM

I've long loved her New Yorker covers, and am still over the moon about the illustrated version of Strunk and White's classic The Elements of Style from 2005, so I leapt at the chance to meet illustrator and painter Maira Kalman this morning. Today, Maira Kalman: Various Illustrations (of a Crazy World), the first large retrospective of her work, opens at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and runs through October 26th. The show began at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and it was my great good fortune to chat with the show's curator Ingrid Schaffner as well. I meandered through the gallery with Maira and Ingrid both chatting about Maira's work, her collections of ephemera on display alongside her paintings (buckets, ladders, and suitcases abound), and what, if anything, makes her work particularly Jewish.
July 1, 2010
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The First LEED for Homes–Rated House in Utah

In the land of large mountain lodge wannabes, two California natives tuck Utah’s first LEED for Homes–rated house onto the side of Emigration Canyon.  
July 1, 2010
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Coast Docs

Law professor Carole Goldberg and sociology professor Duane Champagne both teach at the University of California, Los Angeles. Both have a love of books and cooking, and since marrying in 2003, they now share six kids and eight grandchildren as well. To design the couple’s green, familycentric beach getaway in Oxnard, California, architectural designer Daniel Garness—–who has offices in Los Angeles and New Orleans—–had a lot more to consider than how high to make the twin sinks. Goldberg tells us why the couple’s home is very nearly its castle.
June 30, 2010
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