All in Design

Book Review: The Alchemy of Things

“The alchemy of things explores interior spaces at the edges of the decoratively possible,” McCartney writes. Her exploration of eighteen homes bring the reader inside spaces that have been worked and re-worked, styled and curated over many years to culminate in what one of the homeowners describes as a diary – a catalog of personal obsessions and eccentricities.

The Women Who Redefined Scandinavian Rug Making

Inspired by Scandinavian folk patterns, Bauhaus abstraction, and hundreds of years of tapestry and rug-making in the region, artists like Loja Saarinen, Märta Måås-Fjetterström, and Ingrid Dessau redefined the tradition of Scandinavian Rya and Rollakan (pile rug and flatwoven rug) weaving, developing the iconic style we see today.

Get Out of Town: Modern Architecture Day Trips in and Around NYC

This labor day, ditch the beach crowds for something a little more modern. Staying local? Spots in the city like Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island and the Noguchi Museum in Queens feel miles away. If you've got a little more time, New Canaan, CT is just an hour by train, and is full of arch-forward excursions like the Philip Johnson Glass House and Grace Farms. If you're planning a whole weekend, try Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where George Nakashima's studio is open on Saturdays for free.

Vernacular Architecture and its Ambassadors

Ambassadors’ residences tend to be excellent examples of vernacular interior design styles, as they’re often crafted out of the best examples of their country’s furniture, art, and decorative objects. These formal dining rooms, living rooms, foyers, and even gardens are designed to showcase the countries they represent, without the institutional coldness of embassies.

Porcelain Stories: Meissen, Sèvres, Rosenthal and Richard Ginori

Many of my favorite porcelain houses - Meissen, Sèvres, Richard Ginori, Rosenthal - are products of remarkable people and their stories. As early patrons of the arts, they brought hand-painted treasures into middle-class homes on a huge scale. The artists and designers they sponsored (Gio Ponti, Walter Gropius, and Andy Warhol, to name a few) went on to fundamentally impact both the porcelain industry and modern design in general.

Trash Talk

The very modern history of trash cans - including one that inspired Rafael Viñoly’s iconic 432 Park Avenue - and a round up of some of the sexiest trash cans on the market.