The Barnes Foundation

by Dora Dmitriev

This month I took a quick weekend trip to Philadelphia. Having been to most of the museums in Philly before, I finally got a chance to visit the Barnes Foundation - that came highly recommended.Reflecting pool at The Barnes Foundation entranceThe Art Museum relocated from Merion, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia in 2012 and... Read More

10/18/18

Using the Right Tool for the Job

by Eric Manahan

“If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” - Abraham MaslowWorking at IKB I have been fortunate enough to have been given a wonderful arsenal of tools at my disposal.  AutoCAD for fine details, Revit for comprehensive projects, Rhino for organic forms, and Photoshop for last minute image ... Read More

09/06/18

Invisible Cities

by Kaycee Park

A friend who understood my fondness for beautiful and strange descriptions once recommended this book to me. It is popular with many artists and designers, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has not read it. Invisible Cities, by Italian writer Italo Calvino, was written in 1972, but it reads in a timeless manner. ... Read More

08/30/18

Berkshire County, Massachusetts

by Sara Frantz

Rolling Berkshire hills as seen from Lee, Massachusetts (my hometown) Primarily known for its rolling hills, the Berkshires are also known for the arts: Tanglewood, James Taylor, Clark Art Institute, Norman Rockwell and Jacob’s Pillow to name a few. One of my absolute favorite art gems is Mass MOCA (Massachuse... Read More

08/23/18

Dia : Beacon

by Kabir Karnani

This past Spring I visited the Dia:Beacon located in Beacon, NY. A hidden treasure box of modern art, it draws admirers of art and architecture to its remote location. If you haven’t already been I highly recommend catching the Metro North train one weekend and making the trip. The Dia:Beacon was originally a Nabisco... Read More

08/16/18

The Poetic Conception of Home

by Luis Jasso

In the summer of 1968, Catalan sculptor Xavier Corberó began his never-ending pursuit of creating a home.Situated in the Barcelona suburb of Esplugues de Llobregat, he designed and built a 48,000 sf structure spreading over nine interconnected buildings with more than a dozen courtyards, all nestled among more than 300... Read More

07/26/18

Lviv, Ukraine

by Dora Dmitriev

When planning to visit relatives in Ukraine, I was constantly reminded to make sure I fit in a visit to Lviv during my trip. After several days in Kiev, I took an 8 hour train to Lviv which ended up being one of the most uniquely beautiful places I had ever seen in Europe. Although just a train ride away from Kiev, I fe... Read More

07/19/18

Multifaceted Manhattan

by Bailey Mcgrath

Manhattan seems both like a very small and very large place to me. The density in terms of buildings and people in Manhattan makes the time to travel one mile much greater than it would to go the same distance in a suburban town. This allows this small island to have neighborhoods and places with vastly different person... Read More

07/05/18

It’s The Little Things – A Challenge

by Meredith Hutto

"It’s all about the details." It’s something architects, artists, and designers say so frequently. We spend plenty of time scrutinizing and repeatedly reviewing our work to make sure we haven’t missed anything. If something is not right, we can feel it. We go home and we dream about it. We can’t get it out of ou... Read More

06/21/18

Mimar Houses

by Ross Padluck

In hand is a copy of MIMAR HOUSES, printed in 1987, a beautifully illustrated journal of residential architecture from the developing world. MIMAR was co-founded by one of my former professors, the late Brian Brace Taylor, with whom I studied 19th century sublime and 18th century classical European landscape architect... Read More

06/14/18

Verre Eglomisé

by Molly Denver

Sometimes when you work in this business, you come across a product or an idea that you really want an opportunity to use in a project.  You can't force it- you just have to bide your time until the right client and project come along.  A few years ago, I discovered Verre Eglomisé.Verre Eglomisé is the proce... Read More

05/17/18

Dansaekhwa

by Dora Dmitriev

Through my search for Asian design inspiration for a project, I stumbled upon the word Dansaekhwa. Dansaekhwa or "monochrome painting" is debatably the most important Korean art movement of the 20th century.Burnt Umber & Ultramarine Blue, by Yun Hyongkeun, 1978, Oil on linenUntitled 72-C, 1972, Tina Kim GalleryThe Da... Read More

05/10/18