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New York Botanical Holiday Train Show

by Sara Frantz

As a child, I spent many hours crafting fairy homes in the forest behind my house out of your basic fairy house building materials: moss, rocks, sticks, flowers, Elmer’s glue… Sara Frantz, 1999, age 10. Fairy home construction in Lee, MA. Paul Busse and his team at Applied Imagination have envisioned and brought to... Read More

12/22/16

Tribeca Loft

by Ike Kligerman Barkley

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... Read More

12/15/16

I like painting with watercolors.

by Joel Barkley

My first summer in college I studied landscape architecture in Italy.  I learned how to watercolor by spending an entire day sitting in one spot in a garden: Villa Gamberaia, Villa Petraia, Bomarzo…—no food, no wine, just painting with a block of smelly Fabriano cotton paper,  three little tubes of paint, and ... Read More

12/08/16

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

Architectural League x Ike Kligerman Barkley

by Samantha Herzog

On Friday, November 4th we had the honor of hosting the Architectural League at our office for their First Friday Happy Hour. The front of the event handout drawn by our Principal Architect Alex Eng.The event gave us an opportunity to look at our design process on finished houses, projects under construction and those ... Read More

11/17/16

Watch Hill Aerie

by Thomas A. Kligerman

 Ever since I was ten years old, I have spent nearly every summer in a small oceanside town in New England. Set on a point of land that juts out into the Atlantic, it is dotted with simple shingle cottages, many built in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Despite the passage of time, those cottages have never l... Read More

11/10/16

Open Kitchen, Open Opportunity

by Kendall Herman

In the 1950s, the advent of the open-plan kitchen put women at the very center of suburban home life. It was a time when suburban homeownership was the American Dream, and the media propagated the woman’s role as housewife. In our Nantucket House, the Kitchen opens up not only to the dining area but to the living ... Read More

11/03/16

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... Read More

10/27/16

Amish Paradise

by Ross Padluck

October usually finds me on a visit to family in the quaint and picturesque Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – affectionately known as Amish Country. The beautiful countryside is dotted with farm stands bursting with colorful and unique gourds, pumpkins and Amish specialties. What a way to embrace the autumn season! Lan... Read More

10/20/16

A House in the Catskills

by John Ike

I like limitations. When an old house sets the tone and you're forced to respond, magic can happen.  Such was the case with this Catskills renovation, but really much more addition.  Where do the old and new meet? See if you can figure it out. Massive stacked bluestone piers support the roof of the porch... Read More

10/11/16

A Seat at the Table: At the Intersection of Fashion, Architecture and Art

by Samantha Herzog

On Friday, September 30th, Solange released a new album “A Seat at the Table”.  With it came two music videos - Cranes in the Sky and Don't Touch My Hair. Frame by frame, watching these videos was like flipping through a Rolodex of every designer I think is cool right now.  The pink p... Read More

10/04/16

Oktoberfest

by Fred Holland

In the heart of Oktoberfest, beer has been on the brain more than usual.  I have always been a beer aficionado but I like to think my palate has progressed quite a bit since my fraternity days drinking Milwaukee's Best (which is not in fact Milwaukee's best) and Rolling Rock.  I have also worked in the business of... Read More

09/28/16