architecture

A look at design and styles of architecture throughout the years

House Beautiful Makeovers | Timeless on Park Avenue

The February House Beautiful is all about makeovers. Whether easy and casual, timeless or happy and fun, each project explains its challenges and the solutions found. House BeautifulAlthough designer Tom Samet has generally worked on country houses, a project in a Rosario Candela building on Park Avenue offered him an opportunity to add a little formality to his repertoire.…
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The Museum of Bags and Purses

Yes, you read that right. I am happy to report that there is actually a Museum of Bags and Purses. My sister recently took a trip to Amsterdam where she visited this unique design destination. The largest bag museum in the world, housing purses from the late Middle Ages to the present, it is located in a charming restored 17th century canal house that is a story in and of itself.…
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American Decoration by Thomas Jayne

Just like Thomas Jayne’s thoughtful designs, his American Decoration is a book for those, like me and I daresay many of you readers, who like a little substance with their style. Jayne’s sophisticated yet livable interiors are based on years of personal experience, coming from a family with a wide ranging legacy of houses, his extensive academic training and his professional experience, having started his career under the tutelage of Albert Hadley.…
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Mighty Maharajas | Forts and Palaces of India

It’s no secret that India has an incredible design legacy. But in Mighty Maharajas | Forts & Palaces of India, we are introduced to many of the forts and royal palaces that illustrate not only the architectural history but social and political aspects as well.…
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The Scottish Country House

The Scottish Country House counts as one of my favorite volumes this season. While I am dreadfully behind in my book reviews this year, I wanted to be sure to squeeze this wonderful title in before the holidays. More than merely a book on glorious interiors, this appeals to any who also love Scotland, art, architecture, history, and the people whose stories unite them.…
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Lake Como Charm | Villa del Balbianello

Lake Como is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful spots I know, having visited on several occasions, including my honeymoon. Despite its popularity, and oglers trying to catch a glimpse of George Clooney at his villa, it still remains a place of exquisite natural beauty dotted with amazing architectural specimens.…
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Graphic Design and Architecture | a 20th Century History

How often do you think about the connection between graphic design and architecture? My guess is not that frequently. And yet the two have been inexorably linked since the beginning of the built environment. Think of the Egyptian pyramids covered in hieroglyphics or the inscriptions in the stone of the Parthenon.…
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Interior Design 2012 Hall of Fame Awards

Wednesday evening I was thrilled to join Kohler Interiors‘ table at the Interior Design Hall of Fame awards at the Waldorf Astoria. Rather like the Oscars for the interior design industry, a packed house of over 900 glamorous guests gathered to honor the five new inductees.…
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BEHIND THE Q | Thom Filicia on American Beauty

Thom Filicia is a talented bundle of unbridled enthusiasm. For those of you who have seen him on Queer Eye or speak in public, you will know that he is not only a gifted designer, but has a contagious positive energy.…
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Interiors | Atelier AM

Tis now officially the season of giving and receiving which means I need to catch up on my book reviews! One tome that deserves a place in any design library is Interiors | Atelier AM. With 200 exquisite photographs by François Halard, beautifully printed on heavy stock, the book qualifies as art and design volume in one.…
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