Classical and Modern architecture meet at Yale

Touching Literary History

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University reopened yesterday following a 16-month renovation to upgrade the 50-year-old building’s climate-control system, expand its classroom space, and restore the landmark to its original luster. The building’s architectural features—an exterior grid of granite and Vermont marble panels, a six-story glass-stack tower, and a sculpture garden […]

Detail of “Thor's Battle Against the Jötnar”

Norway Nasjonaldagen at ICFF

I’m in New York City attending ICFF with my client Global Lighting and Northern Lighting from Norway. Tuesday just happens to be Norway’s Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of the country’s constitution at Eidsvoll on May 17, 1814. The day in the Norwegian dialect is called syttende mai, meaning May 17th, or Nasjonaldagen, The National […]

Whitehall Palace with the Banqueting House

The Built Legacy of Henry VIII

  The 2016 Academy Awards are handed out this coming Sunday so I’m celebrating a film that showcases the built legacy of Henry VIII to delve back into the subject I began here on February 2nd. The movie that showcases Henry VIII’s architectural heritage so beautifully is A Man for All Seasons, which swept the Oscars in […]

An Indian woman in a village hand-sewing Welspun's SPUN collection.

Threads With a Soul

A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people —Mahatma Gandhi Soul is one of those words with as many connotations as there are people to consider it. Like truth and beauty, the concept of soul has been interpreted by many of history’s greatest writers and thinkers. Aristotle remarked, “What […]

Lumia against a backdrop of cracked earth.

A Book of Light

To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify,  to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry. —Paul Rand I’m absolutely giddy to share […]

A rendering of Michele De Lucchi's La Passeggiata

Michele De Lucchi: A Conversation of Soul

The Greek philosopher Plato likened thought to “a conversation of the soul with itself—a philosophical communication.” It isn’t unusual for me to attend thought-provoking events but the Salone del Mobile press conference on January 15th brought me a deeper experience than I would have expected thanks to the presentation Milanese architect Michele De Lucchi gave regarding […]

Interior view of the Jewish Museum in Berlin by Libeskind.

The Age of Genius

“Ordinary facts are arranged within time, strung along its length as on a thread,” writes Bruno Schulz in his short story The Age of Genius. “There they have their antecedents and their consequences, which crowd tightly together and press hard one upon the other without any pause. This has its importance for any narrative, of […]

Saxon Henry photographed a Lion door knocker in Parma

The Sense of Beauty

I am guessing this will not come as much of a surprise to anyone but me. As I was digitizing the majority of my design and architecture clips—all 400 of them—during the past few days it occurred to me that my twenty-year career as a journalist and author has been focused around the subject of […]

JoAnn Locktov at Streamsong

Poem at Streamsong

I’m visiting Streamsong Resort near Tampa to experience the natural beauty and incredible architecture, the latter created by Alberto Alfonso, who was featured in my book Four Florida Moderns. It has been wonderful to be able to catch up with the visionary who co-founded Alfonso Architects. The experience has been delicious in every way, from […]