A House in the Country
by Molly Denver
began as a lark. Every
weekend, my husband Brewster and I would pack the dog into our car and head out
wherever our whims took us within a few hours of the city. The idea morphed, and
we decided to focus these weekend jaunts to find a second home. Historic photo of our new farm, 1930.Historic photo of our n...
A Litany of Firsts
In an age of such great opportunity and advancement in the
field of architecture, it’s easy to forget those who blazed the trails and
cleared the path for us. So during Black History Month, I’d like to take a
moment to highlight the bold career of Norma Merrick Sklarek.San
Bernardino City Hall, San Bernardino, CABor...
When our clients, a couple with a young daughter, purchased
this loft in a former warehouse in Manhattan’s Tribeca district, it was a
50-by-80-foot box, evincing traditional details—steel beams, cast-iron columns,
an exposed-joist ceiling—and a subsequently added foot-deep concrete floor. The
brief was simple...
TEFAF New York
by Mia Jung
This week I had the opportunity to go to the The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) at the Park Avenue Armory. Normally the fair is held in Maastricht, one of the oldest Dutch cities known for its medieval architecture, and draws up to 75,000 visitors. This year, TEFAF brings two spin off fairs to New York. The firs...
Have a Seat
by John Ike
There is no shortage of chairs in which to sit down in our office. Robed Buddhist, meditating in yoga position, thinks of a chair. New Yorker Cartoon by Larry HatWhile the office standard is the Knoll Aeron chair, Tom, Joel and I all have Eames. That is sort of the beginning.Our large conference room has Brno ch...
After a summer of constantly being away or traveling for work, when Labor Day rolled around I decided to stay home and have a New York staycation. Kykuit as you arrive by carriage. The shallow steps at the porch are designed for easy exit from your horse drawn brougham.We visited places that had been on the bucket list...
New York Public Library
As a follow up to my journal on the Boston Public Library by McKim Mead & White, today I stopped by the New York Public Library right in our own neighborhood on 42nd street. The New York Public Library from 5th Avenue.The two libraries have a lot in common. Both Beaux Arts Symmetrical buildings built around ...
Off the Grid: Mohonk Mountain House
There's a magical place right outside New York City. Lake Mohonk Mountain House. Albert Smiley purchased a small inn and 280 acres of land in 1869, and expanded on the historic resort hotel until 1910. It sits on the Shawangunk Ridge, on the western side of the Hudson River.Smiley continually expan...
Cheers: A Collection of Beautiful Bars
“For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or
perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable:
intoxication.” Friedrich NietzscheIn the spirit of National Beer day, I'm offering up a *craft* list of my favorite bars - as much for the richness of their design as for their alc...
I’ve Looked at Parks from Both Sides Now…
by Joel Barkley
from east and west, and still somehow, it's parks'
illusions I recall. I really don't know parks... at all.I am presently working on two apartments that overlook Manhattan's Central Park. One is on the East Side and one is on the West Side. Every Wednesday, I traverse the park from one side to the other for construction me...
My Window with André: Working with André Leon Talley at Rizzoli
I recently had the
opportunity to work side by side with the famous André Leon Talley,
while he was creating the inaugural window display for the new Rizzoli bookstore on Broadway at 26th Street, and I was wrapping up
the construction process at the space.As Talley notes in his article for Vogue, it ...
Penn Station: New York's Ultimate TBT
The oft-told tale. In 1963 McKim Mead & White's great train station, rivaling (and copying) imperial Roman buildings, is torn down only to be replaced by a building that could most kindly be called banal. On this Thursday - another "throwback Thursday," if you will - I thought I would explore the story of the struc...