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Interior Design: Then and Now – Sandra Weingort

In my recent Interior Design: Then and Now program, I asked Sandra Weingort to share her design mantra. “I never buy anything that is not handcrafted,” she told me, “because I am not attracted to anything that feels mass-produced.” This phrase captures the essence of well curated interiors today—the quest for authenticity through the mark of the

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Héctor Esrawe: Gear

According to award-winning Mexican multidisciplinary designer Héctor Esrawe, “in the last 20 years, something in Mexico has changed.” This is in reference to the transformation and shifting away from international inspiration and instead embracing and rediscovering local heritage and culture while constructing a new national, personal, and contemporary identity in Mexican architecture and design. The way

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Interior Design: Then and Now – The Japanese House

In her recently published book The Japanese House Since 1945, architect-author Naomi Pollock celebrates iconic single-family homes in Japan and the distinct lifestyles that these extraordinary domestic spaces nurture. Examining 97 houses through a material culture lens, Pollock illuminates the way that Japanese residences have evolved over the last 80 years in response to progressing social

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Interior Design: Then and Now – with Studio MK27

In the opening pages of the newly published monograph, The Architecture of Studio MK27, Marcio Kogan shares a quote from legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer: “Life is more important than architecture.” These wise words have become a mantra for Kogan. Friends and family, he told me, come first—even as his successful career in architecture nears its

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Crafting Modernity: Design in Latin America, 1940–1980

As New York celebrates Latin American design and culture with a series of events, conferences, talks, and exhibitions, MoMA is in the lead with its new exhibition Crafting Modernity: Design in Latin America, 1940–1980. Containing a wealth of literature and numerous recent exhibitions in recent years—notably In a Wall, in a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at

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