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The Heritage of Houdini

Houdini Upside Down in the Water Torture Cell, c. 1913; The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Billy Rose Theatre Collection There are so many terrific ongoing and upcoming exhibits at the museums in New York this fall that it’s hard to keep up.…
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Magnificent Monograms

Unfortunately, since I wrote this post several years ago, the owner, Caroline Breckenridge, has passed away. Please continue on to read about her work and for monogram design inspiration. I don’t remember how I found Monogram Inc. but I’m certainly glad I did.…
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Interior Portraits

There are so many wonderful design books making their debut this fall. I have already covered David Easton’s beautiful Timeless Elegance and will certainly be looking at several more. Most of these are compendiums of the designers’ projects, executed to focus on their work with beautiful photographs and text.…
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What Type Are You?

Pentagram is one of the most prestigious and creative design firms in the world (you might say the quintessence of design firms). They create everything from books to architecture to packaging – really everything. And it’s all incredible. If you check out their site you will be amazed at the breadth and quality of their work.…
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Richard Frinier | Designing the Outdoors

Richard Frinier is one of the best known designers of luxury outdoor furniture working today. The recipient of more than 70 awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Casual Furnishings Association, he has set the standard for innovation and discriminating style in outdoor living.…
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Brilliant Box

How could I not have known about 212box. Designers for the thinking man (the term referring to the unisex global form of man), this is exactly the kind of company I find intriguing. A totally comprehensive firm, they tackle everything from graphic and product design to architecture and  advertising.…
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Strandbeests

The credit for this post goes to my son Robert who was the first to show me this amazing video. Since then, I’ve done a little research (what else!) because – well, because that’s what I do. The Dutch artist featured in this video is Theo Jansen, who creates these amazing creatures which are considered kinetic sculpture.…
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Timeless Elegance – The Houses of David Easton

I just received my David Easton book, Timeless Elegance, today and although I don’t want to spoil it for those of you awaiting your copies, I couldn’t wait until next week to post at least a few images. The title is apt – Easton has mastered this genre.…
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Barbra Scott Sample Sale

You may remember the beautiful preserved hydrangeas I featured in my hydrangea post last month, created by the talented Barbra Scott. Those of you living in NYC will be happy to learn she is having a sample sale on Tuesday, 9/21 – Thursday 9/23 from 11:00 – 6:00.…
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Sugar Paper

I was in my favorite local stationer, MMilestones, in New Canaan, the other day (more on them soon). Looking through the books for several needed items, I was reacquainted with the beautiful offerings of Sugar Paper. I had originally seen their book last year for Christmas cards but was too late to the game.…
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