Book Review: Chinese Megastructures

By Michael Webb  Urban Hopes: Made in China by Steven Holl. Edited by Christoph a. Kumpusch (Lars Müller Publishers, $49) In the 19th century, “Go west, young man” was an invita...

Showroom: Ghost World

For carpet aficionados, Kermans have a special place in their hearts. The product of Persian weavers of the 16th and 17th centuries, they’re known for their stunning designs, inventive weaving techni...

Workbook: To the Manor Born

For the nightclub Hooray Henry’s, architect John Sofio, of Built, created a space reminiscent of an English house. Image courtesy Elizabeth Daniels Photography.What do Prince George and a West ...

Book Review: On Bikes, in Paris

By Michael Webb Paris: Women and Bicycles. Photographs by Gil Garcetti. Balcony Press, $45. Bill Cunningham, the 84-year-old Bostonian who bikes around New York in all weathers chronicling street fas...

Issue Extra: The (Re)Purpose of Design

A chandelier by Stuart Haygarth hangs in Chaya Downtown, an AIA|LA Restaurant Design Award–winning space by Anthony Poon, of Poon Design. Poon collaborated with Haygarth’s studio on the d...
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Showroom: Solid Foundation

A solid foundation is the key to everything—especially if you’re talking about buildings or rooms. With that in mind, designer Jennifer Ridel launched Foundation, a line of furnishings with good bone...

Book Review: Museum Piece

By Michael Webb Capital Culture: J. Carter Brown, the National Galllery of Art and the Reinvention of the Museum Experience. Neil Harris (University of Chicago Press, $35). I had the good fortune to ...
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Workbook: Green Means Go

A green roof tops a new office building in Mountain View, California. It offers practical and pleasurable benefits for its tenants. Image courtesy Brick LLP. A green roof can be a game-changer these ...