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10 Places to Visit in Beijing

A design guide to China's bustling capital.
May 22, 2015
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Design Icon: C. Howard Crane

Without any architecture training, Crane built some of the most decadent theaters of the country.
May 26, 2014
Chroma at the San Francisco Ballet

Chroma at the San Francisco Ballet

Last week I caught the stunning dance Chroma at the San Francisco Ballet. Choreographed by Wayne McGregor with a set designed by the famed British minimalist architect John Pawson, Chroma is enjoying its second run in San Francisco and is on until February 25th. I had a chat with the S.F. Ballet's technical director Christopher Dennis about Pawson's work and the surprising chromatic variation the production—surprising because nearly everything is white or flesh toned—achieved through the lighting design, set, and costumes.  
February 23, 2012
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Kickstart Some Design II

Around this time last year I cruised through the fundraising site Kickstarter in search of a few design-related projects that seemed interesting. I found a furniture company, a photo project, and a poster that I really liked and wanted to share. This time around it's a play, some more photos, and a book about green design that could use a bit of support. Interesting projects all, and a great way to be involved in design, even if you're not a designer yourself. And as a donor you're also entitled to some element of the project. Heck, this might just be the most charitable way to get an historic photo of Baltimore for the living room. Here's what caught my eye.
August 11, 2011
Night Journey

Noguchi and "Night Journey"

This month, we're celebrating all things Japanese and modern with our September 2011 issue, Japan Style. And one of the many innovators who gets a bit of special attention this month is the American-born designer Isamu Noguchi. We take you inside the process of how one of his iconic Akari lamps is made in the magazine, but I want to share another of his deft creations: the "settings" for Martha Graham's 1961 film version of the dance "Night Journey." Rarely has "modern" music, dance, and design intersected to such haunting effect.
August 10, 2011
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Sydney's Surprising Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is more amazing—and surprising—in person than any photo could convey. Earlier this month, I headed to the Southern Hemisphere for a vacation in Sydney and Cairns, Australia. The Opera House was, of course, on my list of places to see (though its location on Bennelong Point, which juts out into Sydney Harbor, makes it near impossible to miss).
July 14, 2011
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LINES Ballet's Mod Sets

Last week I had the pleasure of seeing Alonzo King's LINES Ballet's new production "Triangle of the Squinches" at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. King has long been a San Francisco dance mainstay, a restless choreographer whose dazzling, athletic dances blur the lines between modern and classical ballet. For this performance he had two key collaborators: percussionist Mickey Hart (of the Grateful Dead), and architect Christopher Haas who did the sets. Haas's best known work to date are likely H.M. de Young Museum in San Francisco and 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami, two projects he managed for Herzog and de Meuron. After seeing the show, I had a chance to talk with Haas about the sets he designed for King. Have a look at the photos in this slideshow and read more about Haas's work. And if you're in the Bay Area, don't miss Triangle of the Squinches, which shows until Sunday, April 24th.
April 21, 2011
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As You Light It

January 4, 2011
Actors David Bishins and Harris Yulin, on stage during a performance of The Glass House by June Finfer.

The Glass House

Last month I was lucky enough to catch a viewing of The Glass House, a wonderful play that told the story of both Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson's glass houses. I caught up with the play's author, June Finfer, and asked her about her research, the two men, and which house is her favorite. The play will show again this year (when and where have yet to be announced).
July 13, 2010