Home Truths

“Buy the best and you’ll only cry once” seems to be the mantra for mother-daughter design duo Suzanne and Lauren McGrath. The pair’s latest project is Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces That Will Carry You Through a Lifetime (...

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Quiet Escape

Helsinki, though smartly turned out enough to be crowned the 2012 World Design Capital, is still at times an overwhelming city—and city folks can always use a break. Finns and visitors will now find one in Narinkka Square at the Kamppi Chapel of Sile...

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Smart Grandfather Clocks Next

We could not decide whether to put this post in our Grandfather Clock Blog, or in our Clocks Blog focusing more on Wall Clocks, Mantel Clocks, And Atomic Clocks of all types.   Both of these clocks blogs also focus on wristwatches and pocket watches, including digital timepieces.  So in the end we opted to show …

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Water Colors

The spire of the Empire State Building. The peaked arches of the Brooklyn Bridge. The rooftop water tower. For New Yorkers, all three are synonymous with the city’s skyline. But the water tower, that humble relic from a bygone era when any building o...

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Showroom Special

Christopher Guy, the Florida-based luxury home-furnishings brand, recently put its glamorous stamp on an expansive new flagship in the center of West Hollywood. Designed by founder Christopher Guy Harrison, the 10,000-square-foot bright-white space sho...

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Gold Medal Buildings

Gymnastics? Check. Pole-vaulting? Check. Architecture? Architecture? Believe it or not, that field—as well as town planning, “mixed sculpturing,” compositions for orchestra, and various other creative subcategories—was part of the Summer Olympi...

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Burning Genius

Innovative British designer Thomas Heatherwick may be known largely to the cognoscenti, but his latest creation recently caught the attention of an estimated 900 million viewers around the world—the 16-ton Olympic Cauldron, a massive, multiarmed scul...

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