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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Clever Cantilevering

    Cantilevers are bold statements of architecture. Typically jutting from the side of a building, the cantilever can be used as the defining stroke of a façade design. Rarely do we see this motif employed in a natural setting. But even more unusual is to see cantilevers serving as the entire built structure itself, and in […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Draw a Bike

    Draw a bike. No really, get out your pen and paper and try to sketch it as accurately as possible. The request seems like a pretty simple task – after all, bicycles are something we’re familiar with from childhood on up. But as you begin your doodle, it’s likely you’ll start scratching your head. Which […]

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    Meet the Makers: Crystal Grand Piano Designer Peter Tol

    In this Meet the Makers blog series, we will feature an artist that creates attention-grabbing handmade art pieces. Drawing inspiration from different artists around the world, we travel beyond the work by diving into the minds of the creative makers themselves. Today, we feature our interview with Peter Tol, the creative maker of crystal grand pianos. Peter […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Geometry Club

    The point at which the edge of a building meets the sky is a frequent subject for design charrettes and the fodder of critique. Striking a hard edge where architecture ends and nature begins, the corner of a building is an opportunity for expression – an avenue for defining, differentiating, and impacting the view as […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Literal Watercolors

    Well, Mother Nature does it again. Cruising some of our favorite design blogs this week, we stumbled upon an amazing assemblage of color and texture. But it wasn’t found in an artist’s surrealistic painting or some man-made surface design. No, the “Liquid Rainbow” as it is affectionately called, is compliments of Mother Nature herself. The […]

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    Meet the Makers: Metal Furniture Maker Bob Campbell

    In this Meet the Makers blog series, we will feature an artist that, quite simply, makes something. Drawing inspiration from custom works handcrafted in various media, we travel beyond the pieces by diving into the minds of the creative makers themselves. Today, we feature our interview with Bob Campbell, industrial designer of mechanical and industrial furniture/art. Bob […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Springtime Stubble

    Usually we reserve our Thursday Original Salute for an interesting design, installation, or art piece – something that requires some type of formal artistic training or adheres to (or intentionally breaks) the principles of design. But today, we’ve decided to focus on more of a “movement” that really doesn’t fall into any of these traditional […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Honey I Shrunk the Lifeguard

    Are we controlled by our surroundings? Scale can impact the way we interact with objects, people, and space in nearly every regard. Imagine how different a workday would be if you were forced to type away at a humongous laptop or faced with making a presentation to a table full of giants. The relationship of […]

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    Meet the Makers: NYC Blizzard Photographer Michele Palazzo

    In this Meet the Makers blog series, we will feature an artist that, quite simply, makes something. Drawing inspiration from custom works handcrafted in various media, we travel beyond the pieces by diving into the minds of the creative makers themselves. Today, we feature our interview with Michele Palazzo, photographer of the New York City blizzard.  Michele captured many […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Egg-stravagent Murals

    For those celebrating Easter, in a few days, Peter Cotton Tail will be hopping down the bunny trail bringing chocolate, candy, and of course, Easter Eggs. A symbol now synonymous with the holiday, Easter Eggs have been decorated for centuries and are embellished through a variety of methods – everything from the simple drugstore egg […]

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