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Where Architects Live

By Tom Ran

Published: March 5, 2014 under Interiors

Massimiliano and Doriana fuksas's home furnished with original Jean Prouve chairs.

Photo: Aki Furudate

Our interest in how creative people live is nothing new, it’s been well documented in tradition forms of media for decades. But with the advent of blogs and sites devoted to interiors, the world has become flooded with imagery of people’s homes. We of course contribute to this. From grand mansions and sleek modern houses to artists and DIYers creating their own worlds, there’s no shortage to our endless fascination. Absent from all of this however, are the homes of those who help define the landscape of major cities from around the world. “Where Architects Live” is an upcoming exhibition that showcases nine leading architects’ homes. They include Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield, Mario Bellini, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Marcio Kogan, and Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbal. designboom reports that the exhibition will be an interactive experience with videos, sounds and reconstructions from these homes. “Where Architects Live” will be part of Milan Design week which takes place in April, but you can get an early look on designboom’s website.

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Open House New York

By Tom Ran

Published: October 9, 2013 under Interiors

Brooklyn Army Terminal will be open to the public during Open House New York this weekend.

Photo: Open House New York

Buildings are among the many things that New York City is defined by. Its architecture, its history, and its purpose are so integral to the city’s identity. That’s why every year we look forward to Open House New York. It’s a way for the public to learn about many of the buildings that are off limits to us throughout the year. Public and private properties will open its doors this weekend for tours and visits. This includes million dollar residences, historic buildings, and public spaces. Some highlights include Kings County Distillery tour, Paul Rudolph / Modulator Building tour, and the Brooklyn Army Terminal. If you’re feeling daring enough you can even take a canoe tour through the Gowanus Canal, the toxic waterway has been designated a Superfund site so make sure to secure yourself.

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UN – North Delegates’ Lounge

By Tom Ran

Published: September 20, 2013 under Interiors

Redesign of the North Delegates’ Lounge by Hella Jongerius and Rem Koolhaas.

Photo: Frank Oudeman

The North Delegates’ Lounge inside the United Nations was designed as a place for informal meetings. The casual setting was furnished by leading designers of the time including Hans Wegner, Peter Hvidt, Jacob Kjaer, and Nanna Ditzel. The interior was the pinnacle of postwar / modern design splendor reflective of the era. It was refined, clean and handsome. But decades of wear and tear not to mention various additions tarnished its luster. Enter Rem Koolhaus and Hella Jongerius. The Dutch masters were selected to redesign the lounge as part of UN’s nearly $2 billion plan to renovate the entire building. Artworks and some of the lighting and furnishings were preserved but for the most part, Jongerius transformed the lounge into a colorful, casual, and dare we say fun environment. The renovation and redesign was a gift from the Netherlands to the UN and will officially open on September 25th. Via designboom

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40 Inspiring Workspaces Of The Famously Creative

By Tom Ran

Published: August 28, 2013 under Interiors

Paul Cézanne's studio

Photo: Buzzfeed

Our fascination with workspaces and the way people live came before Todd Selby and the like began publishing interior photos online. It’s incredibly intriguing to peer into the spaces of creatives and the way they surround themselves with objects–whether out of necessity or desire. Buzzfeed, the reigning champ of listicles, compiled 40 Inspiring Workspace of the Famously Creative back in April, yes April. So it’s not new, but it’s new to us since we don’t frequent the site. And it may be new to you so we thought to share. The list only gives us one photo from each creative, but what intriguing photos they’ve provided. From Paul Cézanne and Georgia O’Keefe to Mark Twain and Roald Dahl, we have to wonder how remarkable it would be if Backyard Bill had the opportunity to visit these studios.

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Herman Miller’s WHY

By Tom Ran

Published: July 18, 2013 under Interiors

At home with Elizabeth Beer and Brian Janusiak, owners of Project No. 8.

Photo: Herman Miller

With so much history and innovation in a company like Herman Miller, it’s easy to see why the storied American furniture manufacturer has launched an editorial division on its site. This isn’t the first time Herman Miller has ventured into digital content. They had a traditional blog running for several years and more recently a film series called Why Design. They’ve now taken that concept and gave it a new permanent home called WHY. Short blog posts are gone in place of lengthier stories. The approach for the platform starts with the simple question why? Why does Herman Miller do what they do?

Features will dig into Herman Miller’s archive, its process, places, concepts, and of course the people that help shape the company. They revisit Irving Harper’s career with the Nelson Office. Leon Ransmeier reports his research on the “essence of everyman’s table” in NYC, a look into the Herman Miller archive of printed materials pertaining to the landscape of work, and much more. The history of Herman Miller is also played out in 108 seconds with a clever animation by Part of a Bigger Plan (below). Visit the site now to get more of the story on Herman Miller. WHY will be updated on a weekly basis.

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The Future of Home Living

By Tom Ran

Published: July 3, 2013 under Interiors

The Future of Home Living

Photo: 101 w15

Postwar innovation touched upon every aspect of people’s lives during that era but none more so than what took place in their homes – from kitchen appliances and furniture to the houses themselves. The fifties and sixties laid the groundwork to what is still evolving today. PSFK’s new exhibition, The Future of Home Living envisions a New York City apartment not too far into the future. The 4500 sq ft space will be modeled after an apartment occupying a retail unit of a luxury apartment building in Chelsea. We expect to see a lot of technology surrounding mobile devices for the home and curious to see what advancements will be revealed in the television being the center of the living room. The Future of Home Living will take place at 101 w15 starting July 16.

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FEATURES

Workstead

By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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Classic Car Club

By Tom Ran
Owners Michael Prichinello and Zac Moseley in front of a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Michael Prichinello has a passion for life and speed. His eyes light up whenever he talks about one of his cars or a motorcycle project he’s working on with a…

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