Pictorial> Conservation work at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral is finally (almost) complete

Cleaning the Cathedral's exterior (Courtesy Murphy Burnham & Buttrick)

Cleaning the Cathedral’s exterior (Courtesy Murphy Burnham & Buttrick)

Shrouded in scaffolding for three years, renovations on St. Patrick’s Cathedral are nearly complete. Initiated in 2006, renovations stalled due to the 2007 economic recession, but began again in earnest in 2012. Pope Francis’ upcoming New York visit advanced the project timeline.

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Product> Design for Wellness: New Healthcare Furnishings

Interiors, National, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
WIELAND_trace-hip-chair

(Courtesy Wieland)

While technology heals the body in increasingly marvelous ways, healthcare interiors are taking a more holistic route, becoming more hospitality than hospital-like in their design and furnishings.

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On View> Psychadelic Farnsworth House installation gets a second life at a Chicago art gallery

(Kate Joyce)

(Kate Joyce)

Last year artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero led a collaborative effort to take over Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House with kaleidoscopic light and video loops. That project, INsite, followed similar work at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Robie House, and imbued Mies’ modernist touchstone with a vivacity often lacking in the contemporary experience of midcentury interiors. (Read AN‘s review of Luftwerk’s INsite installation here.)

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This Daniel Libeskind–designed chair might look sharp, but it’s actually very soft

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(Courtesy Moroso)

The indefatigable Daniel Libeskind has designed a chair that might make some think that he’s angling for a job to overhaul the USS Enterprise (or perhaps a $97 million earthbound residential replica of it).

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High-Style Hacks: Bjarke Ingels, Henning Larsen, and Norm Architects tweak an Ikea flat-pack classic

Interiors, International
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
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Reform_BIG1_2

(Courtesy Reform)

Danish kitchen purveyor Reform has enlisted Bjarke Ingels, Henning Larsen Architects, and Norm Architects to put their spin on a mainstay of Ikea‘s kitchen designs, the Metod. While the architects’ work is confined to surface treatments and small details, the results definitely elevate the kitchen above the generic flat-pack model.

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Wine supplier to the British royal family unveils enchanting new cellar by MJP Architects and Short & Associates

(Courtesy Berry Bros. & Rudd)

(Courtesy Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Britain’s oldest wine merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd, has unveiled its new subterranean Sussex Cellar, an enchanting juxtaposition of classic and modern by Short & Associates and MJP Architects. Wine suppliers to the British royal family since the reign of King George III in the early 19th century, the brand named its new cellar after the duke of Sussex, one of seven royal dukes who were regular customers during that era.

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Product> Hot Stuff for Kitchens & Baths

Spec Sheet  
LEAD-LaCornue

(Courtesy La Cornue)

Assertive style and high performance are characteristic qualities in the latest crop of new products and collections for the kitchen and bath. Often drawing on designs of the past, they nonetheless present an advanced aesthetic.

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Gallery> University of Chicago and Kliment Halsband Architects breathe new life into an old seminary building

(Tom Rossiter)

(Tom Rossiter)

Like many large research universities, the University of Chicago appears to always be building. One mainstay of campus construction is rehabs of existing institutional buildings. At the University of Chicago, that means figuring out what to do with a large stock of neo-Gothic buildings that once served as places of worship.

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In the office of the future, you can ride your bike to your desk, says global architecture firm NBBJ

(Courtesy NBBJ)

(Courtesy NBBJ)

In pondering the post-2025 office of the future, global architecture firm NBBJ believes in the power of “nudge architecture” as a counterpoint to alienating corporate culture and sedentary cubicle lifestyles.

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Scandalous no more: The Watergate Hotel post-$125 million renovation looks more classy and elegant than ever

(Courtesy The Watergate Hotel)

(Courtesy The Watergate Hotel)

As Washington, D.C.’s first “unapologetically luxurious” stomping ground for the rich and famous, The Watergate Hotel recently underwent a $125 million modernizing facelift. Inextricably connected with the Watergate scandal, the hotel has maintained its avant-garde design and curvaceous, classic elegance in a nod to its 1960s design by Italian architect Luigi Moretti.

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Gallery> Tour the rehabbed Chicago Motor Club, a Henry Ford–era art deco mecca for motorists

The new Hampton Inn Chicago Michigan Avenue, which occupies the former Chicago Motor Club building. (Kenny Kim Photography)

The new Hampton Inn Chicago Michigan Avenue, which occupies the former Chicago Motor Club building. (Kenny Kim Photography)

You can credit Chicago’s recent boom in boutique hotels with revving up an historic 16-story building once home to the Chicago Motor Club, which rolled back onto the market in May as a Hampton Inn.

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Product> Interior Wall Systems: Six Top Designs

Spec Sheet  
LEAD-Raydoor-2

(Courtesy Raydoor)

New interior door and wall systems encourage spatial efficiency and flexibility—essential traits in the contemporary office, where shifting, collaborative work groups are the norm. Here’s a look at some innovative designs for this ever-critical design element.

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