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National Gallery of Art Presents Material Interventions

One of the great qualities of art is that it conveys meaning without words. Art makes us feel. Sometimes an artist uses color or composition or form to do this; the artists currently on view in a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. all use materials to elicit a certain sensory response in the viewer.

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The Stone Carving Trade of Dzitya

On the outskirts of Merida lies the little pueblo of Dzitya, which for generations has been home to some of the premiere stone carvers in Mexico. Evidence of the stone carving trade can be found in the names of towns throughout the Merida province, such as Tunich and Xcanatun.

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San Fran's Academy of Art University

A while ago, I was honored to take a trip to a city I’d never experienced before. That’s always a treat in and of itself, but the point of this one was to visit the Academy of Art University in San Francisco!

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Eldorado Stone Respects Mother Nature

Eldorado Stone offers up the Hawaiian Collection of four distinctive lava rock simulations, each with a unique color, texture and shape.

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Break it Down

A couple weeks ago I went to Sacco Carpet's 10th Anniversary party, and I--dare I say it? Thoroughly enjoyed myself. 

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Digging Deeper: Glassford's Wood Assemblages

Earlier this month, we featured Peter Glassford’s amazing wood assemblages. We are still so taken with his work, that we thought we would dig a little deeper into the species of tree he selects for his art.

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THE ART OF WOOD

Grace Jeffers explores the world of Peter Glassford, an artisan who creates beautiful wood collages.

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Keep the Crowd Listening...NOT Crunching

After two events that left two very different tastes in her mouth, Debbie gives a few pointers on how to keep your crowd engaged at your next showroom soiree.

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More From the Ladies of Arquitectonica

Our interview with Laurinda Spear and her daughter, Marisa Fort Adams, for our May issue’s profile on the leading ladies of the Miami-based architecture and design firm, Arquitectonica, covered a lot of ground. Here's what didn't make the print issue.

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A Few of KGB-Limited's Favorite Things

Perhaps one of the hallmarks of a great design firm is when they apply materials in a way that totally changes my perception. KGB-Limited in New York City has done just that by taking industrial, behind-the-scenes materials and working them with the careful hand of a French atelier. We have asked them for a list of five of their favorite materials and examples of how they use them in their work.

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