by Winnie Yen
month I visited the Gropius
House in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Walter
Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus School in
Germany, designed the house as his family home when he came to teach at
Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. The house was completed in 1938. After Walter’s death in 1969, his wife Ise
If So, What?
by Louis Lin
Although IKB is mostly known for its work on private residences, we sometimes venture on projects of a much different nature. Last year, our Interiors department was corralled into partnership with a group of art enthusiasts with a mission to redefine the contemporary art scene in the digital age. IF SO, WHAT? is a hybrid o...
Sublime Acts of Poetic Imagination – Two Projects of Luis Barragán
by Alex Colucci
In his 1980 Pritzker
Architecture Prize acceptance speech, Luis Barragán said: “It is alarming that
publications devoted to architecture have banished from their pages the words
Beauty, Inspiration, Magic, Spellbound, Enchantment, as well as the concepts of
Serenity, Silence, Intimacy and Amazement.” He went o...
The Noguchi Museum
Located in Long Island City, Queens, the Noguchi Museum displays the
sculptures, furniture, and lighting designs of Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). Over
his lifetime, he created a wide variety of pieces experimenting with steel,
marble, iron, stone, wood, paper, and water. One of the most influential
sculptors and designers ...
Mid Century Modern in Los Angeles
by Andrew Dolan
the end of January, I had the pleasure of going to visit one of my favorite
cities, which in my opinion, gets a bad reputation. I love Los Angeles for
several reasons, one of which is its diverse topography. Los Angeles consists
of a massive desert sprawl of often bizarre and random architecture, fertile
Animal and Architecture, Part I
by Louis Lin
a lot of us, pets are an inseparable part of our lives. Their existence is
integral to not only our daily routine but also our living space. For most
people, to make a space accommodate the needs of animals seems somewhat of
an indulgent idea. The difficulty partially lies in the paucity of information on
March Material Madness
I thought I would take the opportunity to highlight a few
materials that we love for this week’s journal entry. As we are a part of so
many different styles of projects taking place all over the country, we are
always looking for new materials to enhance our spaces. These next three are
finds that we have been able to...
Chelsea Flower Market
I find myself shopping for flowers at the Chelsea
Flower Market for various reasons. Between photo shoots, events at the
office, and putting the final touches on a home, I am constantly shopping and
styling new arrangements. I often find myself browsing at the flower market, looking for the best that the season ...
La Sagrada Família
This past summer, I took a mini-grand tour of
Europe with some friends, our last stop was Barcelona. After having sat through
two semesters of Historical Styles in college, I was
eager to see all the architecture that I had learned about. My friends were
International Business and Sports Management majors, so I excitedl...
Hassan II Mosque
visiting Morocco last month, I had a very hard time deciding which cities to
visit in just a week. Everything I read hinted that Casablanca was one of the
more disappointing cities to see in Morocco as its name (associated with the
award-winning 1942 movie) carried a lot of weight and romanticized the city.
Another day, another scintillating exploration of the Hudson Valley, this time to Manitoga, Russel Wright’s home and studio
built on the rock ledge of an old quarry. View of the Hudson from nearby Cold Spring. Reminds me of a Japanese
wood block print.Russel Wright was one of the best known designers of the 19...
Modern Memphis Movement
1981 Memphis Milano or The Modern Memphis Movement began in Milan. A group of
designers led by Ettore
Sottsass gathered to start a revolution against serious and functional
modernist design. The group was named after Bob Dylan’s song "Stuck Inside of
Mobile With the Memphis Blues" as it was believed that they list...