Down the Rabbit Hole

by Molly Denver

Social Media has some amazing vehicles that allow us to communicate and learn, from connecting to someone you went to high school with on Facebook to sharing photos on Instagram with your boss (Shout-out to Tom Kligerman who keeps Instagram hopping with amazing photos!)Enter, Pinterest.  I don’t recall how ... Read More

09/20/18

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 im... Read More

09/06/18

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 p... Read More

05/17/18

Clarity in Design

by Alexander R. Eng

Martial arts have and continues to be a great influence in many aspects of my life. Throughout my childhood to now, I have been a student of various systems.  My interest is in both the physicality of self-defense, as well as the mental and spiritual discipline.  For myself as a martial artist and an arc... Read More

04/05/18

Animal and Architecture, Part I

by Louis Lin

For a lot of us, pets are an inseparable part of our lives. Their existence is integral to not only our daily routine but also our living space. For most people, to make a space accommodate the needs of animals seems somewhat of an indulgent idea. The difficulty partially lies in the paucity of information on the ... Read More

03/15/18

Chelsea Flower Market

by Patricia Cassidy

Lately, I find myself shopping for flowers at the Chelsea Flower Market for various reasons. Between photo shoots, events at the office, and putting the final touches on a home, I am constantly shopping and styling new arrangements. I often find myself browsing at the flower market, looking for the best that the sea... Read More

02/22/18

Beekeeping

by Margie Lavender

I’ve long had a fascination with social insects, species that live in colonies, manifest group integration, division of labor, and overlap of generations. It all started with the book The Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration, an intriguing read about the cooperation and communication ... Read More

01/11/18

Houseboats

by Andrew Dolan

In the eighth grade, one of my childhood best friends and I made a pact that when we each turned 25 we’d buy an old boat, convert it into a beautiful residence, then sail it through the Panama Canal (not sure why there specifically) and travel the world. At the ripe age of fifteen, I would have told you that there... Read More

08/31/17

Concrete Jungle

by Ross Padluck

Every July, the climatic conditions in Midtown equate to those of the jungles of Borneo, and my 8-year old Nepenthes pitcher plant begins its dramatic process of producing new pitchers.A new pitcher at the base of the plant.Newly forming pitchers on the upper vines.Nepenthes are a species of tropical carnivorous pla... Read More

08/02/17

Garret Room

by Molly Denver

At Christmas this year, my husband and I found ourselves hosting 10 family members in our small house, so we had to create more bedrooms in a hurry.  We decided to take on the attic.  I couldn’t find a proper “before” picture, but this is it in its early stages.First, we put down plywood over the flo... Read More

06/14/17

Wood and Canvas Canoe DIYWH (with help)

by Margie Lavender

My husband, Morgen, and I bought a country house in Northwestern Connecticut. I wanted to get a canoe, specifically a basic plastic or Kevlar one that we didn’t have to be precious about – my husband is also an architect and is meticulous and I didn’t want canoeing to be a stressful experience. He asked a... Read More

06/06/17

Home Conservatories

by Andrew Dolan

Today, clients look for a very diverse range of amenities in their homes; fitness centers, wine cellars, home theatres, spas and even golf simulators. Of all the things that clients tend to look for, a conservatory is rarely on the top of the list, let alone on the list at all. Perhaps the idea of a home conservator... Read More

05/31/17