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November 28, 2006

Literary gift-giving

Finding the perfect gift for the art aficionado in your life this holiday season just got easier.

In his new full-color illustrated book, Art In King Size Beds: A Collector's Journal, journalist and art collector Michael K. Corbin explores the works of today's living artists.

Check out more modern reading suggestions.

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October 12, 2006

Building Relationships

Cover_architecture_1Soaring steeples and Brutalist buildings may capture our attention as we walk by, but do they have the power to affect our emotions?

Philosopher and writer Alain de Botton explores the power of architecture in his new book "The Architecture of Happiness."

Check out the discussion broadcast Wednesday on N.P.R's "Talk of the Nation" here.

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August 24, 2006

Cement your style status

Musings with Fu-Tung Cheng

Cement_2The father of decorative cements - and one of the foremost kitchen designers - opens up to Pure Contemporary about the art of concrete.

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July 26, 2006

Color Quandaries


The sun is shining as a warm breeze enters your open window... perfect time to paint!

Need ideas to brighten (or darken!) your home?
Find out what others are doing!

More on Color from Caroline Barry

Check out this great color resource!

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March 13, 2006

Modern Architectural Home Plans

We recently received an Ask the Design Experts question from a reader looking for books on modern home plans. He wanted to get to work designing his own neoteric digs, but found that blue prints for modern can be hard to come by. Our experts hit the stacks and compiled a list of books that meet their requirements for inspiration, guidance, historic relevance and modern solutions.

Modern American Homes

Contemporary Home Plans

Harvard Five

Mid-Century Modern

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March 10, 2006

Kagan Still Ultra Modern Today

KaganTop names in fashion and design continue to choose Vladimir Kagan's work to bring a minimal, modern, luxurious look to their projects, and their own homes.

Giorgio Armani and architect Michael Gabellini chose Kagan's 1967 design Cubist Chairs for Nobu's Milan restaurant. Just for Nobu, Kagan the designed bar, counter stools and banquettes to boot.

Omnibus_new_brownTo revive Gucci's image, Tom Ford amped up more than its clothing. He paid close attention to the stores interiors and chose the reigning king of modern as his company's interior mogul. Ford purchased one of Vladimir Kagan's Omnibus sofas for his Santa Fe, New Mexico home then 360 more for Gucci stores around the globe.

When André Belaze, owner of The Mercer in New York and The Standard in Los Angeles, needed a fresh look for his newest hotel concept The Standard Downtown in LA, he chose Kagan too.

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February 22, 2006

Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure

Apartment Therapy's book, The Eight-Step Home Cure, is about to hit bookshelves.

Get a sneak peak at the home owners how-to-guide -- including tips for eliminating clutter, revamping the tiniest of spaces, and lighting usage.

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December 29, 2005

Sitcom Style

9781400051786Pure Contemporary has gone behind the scenes at "Nip/Tuck" to show you what set décor choices reveal about a character's traits and personality. We've told you about the stylish modern pieces flaunted on "Sex and the City" and how "Friends" made Pottery Barn's Apothecary Table as popular as it made Jennifer Aniston's layered locks. But we have not come close to the in-depth and interesting look at sitcom set design Diana Friedman achieves in her just released book “Sitcom Style.”

“Sitcom Style’s” nostalgic look into TV powerhouses like “The Cosby Show” and “All in Family” shows readers that sitcom sets are thought out detail by detail to convey specific things about characters. Jerry Seinfeld’s obsessive-compulsive personality is revealed in his alphabetized cereal boxes. Frasier’s dad Martin Crane is relaxed and laid back, like his taped together easy chair. The tactlessness of Roseanne’s family showed in the tackiness of their velvet paintings and kitschy décor.

Sitcom interiors affect mood and can reflect and enhance personality. The same is true in anyone’s home and the designers profiled in “Sitcom Style” explain how non-designers can make deliberate choices that will reveal who they are, or who they want to be.

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August 17, 2005

History, Theory and Practice of Product Design

Written in 1991, Professor Bernhard E. Bürdek's book quickly became a standard read for design students, designers, and fellow academics. It's been translated into Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Chinese. Now, a third much expanded and updated edition is available.

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