Gropius House

by Winnie Yen

Last 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 donated t... Read More

06/28/18

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... Read More

05/03/18

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... Read More

04/19/18

The Noguchi Museum

by Dora Dmitriev

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 ... Read More

03/29/18

Mid Century Modern in Los Angeles

by Andrew Dolan

At 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 hills popul... Read More

03/22/18

Animal and Architecture, Part I

by Louis Lin

For 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 the kinds... Read More

03/15/18

March Material Madness

by Elizabeth Sesser

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... Read More

03/01/18

Chelsea Flower Market

by Patricia Cassidy

Lately, 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 ... Read More

02/22/18

La Sagrada Família

by Bailey Mcgrath

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... Read More

12/21/17

Hassan II Mosque

by Dora Dmitriev

Before 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. Funn... Read More

12/14/17

Manitoga

by Margie Lavender

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... Read More

12/07/17

Modern Memphis Movement

by Dora Dmitriev

In 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... Read More

11/02/17