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The 5 Laws for How to Find a "Diamond in the Rough" Property

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Everyone always wants to know how to find a place in this competitive market. It is difficult with inventory being so tight, but if you are clever and thorough, there are always places either by virtue of their poorly skilled brokers or owners, that don’t sell. Maybe these places either show…
New Moon in Leo

New Moon in Leo

Weeding Out the Riffraff

When the designer Sheila Bridges lost her hair to alopecia, she traded the glamour of the limelight for more meaningful pursuits — like writing a memoir.

From the desk of Thomas O’Brien/Aero Studios - Star Chart

Eilersen “Cocoon” Sofa. “A gigantic toybox of cushions.” Yes, please!

Eilersen “Cocoon” Sofa. “A gigantic toybox of cushions.” Yes, please!

The Brain of a Designer - from Coffee with an Architect. Funny ‘cause it’s true!

From Gagosian Gallery: 
Equal parts library reading room, school classroom, and natural history gallery, the exhibition consists of twenty-four tabletop displays of scale models, drawings, photographs, and video. Each tells the involved, inspiring story of the design process of a single building, from museums, libraries, and airports to private residences. Among these projects are Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Menil Collection, Houston; Kansai International Airport, Osaka; Fondation Beyeler, Basel; Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center, Nouméa, New Caledonia; The New York Times Building, New York; Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens; and the Whitney Museum’s new building in downtown Manhattan. A complete list and description of all exhibited projects will be available at the exhibition.
Piano has become the most sought-after museum architect in the world for his ability to harmonize buildings with their surroundings and the artworks exhibited within them. Innovative technologies enhance these highly functional spaces, but succumb visually to the serene formal neutrality, guided by natural light, for which the Building Workshop is known—which Piano refers to as “the immaterial elements of space.” The exhibition is a window onto the daily studio practice at the core of Piano’s ongoing legacy, demonstrating the passion for innovative thinking and construction that fuels the Workshop’s ongoing success.
Thursday, June 27-Friday, August 2, 2013Opening reception: Thursday, June 27, 6-8PM

From Gagosian Gallery: 

Equal parts library reading room, school classroom, and natural history gallery, the exhibition consists of twenty-four tabletop displays of scale models, drawings, photographs, and video. Each tells the involved, inspiring story of the design process of a single building, from museums, libraries, and airports to private residences. Among these projects are Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Menil Collection, Houston; Kansai International Airport, Osaka; Fondation Beyeler, Basel; Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center, Nouméa, New Caledonia; The New York Times Building, New York; Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens; and the Whitney Museum’s new building in downtown Manhattan. A complete list and description of all exhibited projects will be available at the exhibition.

Piano has become the most sought-after museum architect in the world for his ability to harmonize buildings with their surroundings and the artworks exhibited within them. Innovative technologies enhance these highly functional spaces, but succumb visually to the serene formal neutrality, guided by natural light, for which the Building Workshop is known—which Piano refers to as “the immaterial elements of space.” The exhibition is a window onto the daily studio practice at the core of Piano’s ongoing legacy, demonstrating the passion for innovative thinking and construction that fuels the Workshop’s ongoing success.

Thursday, June 27-Friday, August 2, 2013
Opening reception: Thursday, June 27, 6-8PM

Mike D’s Brooklyn Townhouse - New York Times

Mike D in Brooklyn

A hardcore Manhattanite and his family renovate a 160-year-old town house in Cobble Hill.