A Parisian Hidden Gem: The Sainte-Chapelle

by Dora Dmitriev

In the heart of Paris, France stands a small Gothic chapel with a humble exterior but a truly breathtaking interior. The Sainte-Chapelle (“Holy Chapel”) was built in the 13th century by Pierre de Montreuil for Louis IX to use as his royal chapel and to house relics of the Passion. The Lower Chapel served pa... Read More

03/01/17

Le Corbusier Pilgrimage

by Doug Crisp

During the late summer of 2016 I took an architectural pilgrimage of sorts, tracing some of the pivotal works of Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. 15th century chateau in Trélissac.Noted as one of the founding fathers of Modernist architecture, Corbusier’s works were in startling opposition to the popular ... Read More

02/09/17

A Tale of Two Houses; London and Paris

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Humans invent things--it's just the way we are.  We use new technologies all they time and they open up new possibilities and things we haven't considered before. Soane's house on Lincoln's Inn Fields. But sometimes our ideas outstrip available technology, and solutions to new ideas are found with previous ge... Read More

11/30/16

Vive La France!

by Ike Kligerman Barkley

In honor of Bastille Day, we  celebrate two important French architects that continue to inspire us today: Claude-Nicolas Ledoux and Auguste Perret. Claude-Nicolas LedouxA fashionable architect in the 18th century, Ledoux began his career designing private houses in the Neoclassical style for the upper echelon of ... Read More

07/14/16

Villa Savoye

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Une maison est une machine-à-habiter.  Le Corbusier famously said that houses were machines made for living. He wondered, why should houses look so traditional when we live in the Machine Age? His Villa Savoye is a stunning example of this philosophy.The villa was built in 1929, during an age ripe with innovation. Loc... Read More

05/19/16

Another from the Shoe Box

by John Ike

In the spirit of Joel’s shoe box archive, we blew the dust off a project from twenty years ago, the interior decoration of a grand old house in New Jersey.A ceramic display by Mongiardino.At the time I was enamored with Henri Samuel and Renzo Mongiardino, two icons of the past century. They both were experts at mixing gen... Read More

03/07/14

A Quick Break for Le Corbusier

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Looks like Corbusier could have used a break from the office as well. There are a lot of things I like about this blog. I’ll admit - one of them is its ability to get me out of the office. “Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes,” the recently opened retrospective at MoMA of the Swiss modernist, then, was an... Read More

06/27/13