Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen seems to be evolving the most rapidly, especically when it comes to technology. We reached out to Alberto Snaidero to get his take on the changes taking place. As the operational manager at Snaidero USA, he's got a front row seat to the new kitchen. From smart tech to materials, there's a lot going on.
Friday marks the opening of this year’s edition of NYCxDesign, the citywide celebration of design that includes ICFF, not to mention smaller showcases of cutting-edge design. In Brooklyn, there’s BKLN Designs, where the name of the game is local work. Among the firms showing work will be the borough’s own Think Fabricate, which is bringing a selection of new pieces, including the wall*nut vanity.
This week, our editor-in-chief, Alexi Drosu, is visiting the annual Coverings show in Las Vegas, taking the measure of new trends in tile and stone. And, in our new March/April 2014 issue, our Workbook column takes a look at some incredibly creative and diverse projects featuring surprising uses of tile. Today, we're sharing one of those, which just so happens to have taken home a CID Award at the show last night. It's an amazing, dimensional installation in Spain by Pol Femenias Arquitectes featuring Ceràmica Cumella tiles—and will have you rethinking the material's possibilities.
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When clients start remodeling, bigger is often the name of the game, especially when it comes to bathrooms. Not so for Lian Eoyang, of the San Francisco–based firm VIF Studio and her clients’ master bath in their expansive home outside Boston. Instead, she took a sprawling space, actually a his-and-hers set-up, and made it more intimate and user-friendly, swapping in a soothing palette of black, white and gray, along with equally quiet materials. Highlights include a two-person shower, a new closet for the toilet and a tub ringed with loose stones for a dramatic textural statement. We were so intrigued by this jewel box of a space, we asked Eoyang for more details, and she was happy to oblige.
First published in hard cover in 2012, this paperback edition is a great bargain, for the author's 500 photographs capture the sensual beauty and bracing simplicity of architecture that enshrines light as a precious commodity. These are buildings that, like hardy plants, are adapted to long dark winters, and brief but brilliant summers. And they've found an ideal chronicler, for Plummer, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Illinois, studied light-art with György Kepes and apprenticed to photographer Minor White. Light is his passion and this new study ri
vals his earlier book, The Architecture of Natural Light.