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Design Hunting

  1. on set
    Building the Corporate Menace of SeveranceSaarinen’s impeccable Bell Labs campus conveys the terror of utopian office design.
  2. branding
    Disney Comes for the West Elm ParentsFor the discerning buyer who wants every surface in the house covered in Mickey merch … but in a classy way.
  3. reference manual
    Revisiting Barbra Streisand’s 300-Page Home-Design ManifestoFeaturing Martha Stewart’s advice on cow urine.
  4. mysteries
    The Untold Story of the Met Gala Red CarpetAs in the actual carpet.
  5. great rooms
    Let’s Make Our New Townhouse Feel Like This Biophilic HotelThe couple who bought this new townhouse loved the natural feel of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, so they hired its architects.
  6. design edit
    An Olmsted Index, Archive of Nakagin Capsule Tower Images, and More FindsPlus ideas for a 100 percent affordable-housing skyscraper at the World Trade Center.
  7. home design
    Does Seth Rogen’s Weed Palace Smell?He has a lot of ashtrays.
  8. shopping
    I Bought 6 Things at Martha Stewart’s Tag SaleBut I could have stolen any number of them.
  9. great rooms
    The Couple That Built Very Different, His and Hers Apartments, Side by SideShe collects stuff, he likes pared-down traditionalist Japanese rooms. After years of marriage, Dorothy and Stephen Globus grew apart. What to do?
  10. great rooms
    Joni Mitchell, Meet Edith WhartonMusician Chase Cohl checked into the Lafayette House early in the pandemic — and never left.
  11. design edit
    Death Masks, Dopamine Décor, Antiquarian Books, and More Design FindsPlus Julio Torres’s story about a plunger that just wants to be a vase.
  12. why this looks like that
    Artist Shaina Tabak Likes a Table That Inspires Double Takes“My furniture makes you work to figure out what to do with it,” she says.
  13. great rooms
    Quilts, Nan Goldin, and a Cello-Shaped DresserArtist Sam Roeck’s Williamsburg apartment is full of art he made, art by his friends and family, and many quilts.
  14. the group portrait
    A Basquiat Family ReunionThe artist’s sisters have put on an exhibition of his work to remind the world where he came from — and have a party.
  15. great rooms
    Saving the Modernist Scull House in the HamptonsDesigner Lisa Perry has restored it and is turning it into Onna House, a gallery for women artists.
  16. television
    The Rainbow Tyranny of Get Organized With the Home EditWe’ve had about enough of you, Roy G. Biv.
  17. mysteries
    You Found Harry’s CouchAnd by “you,” I mean incredibly diligent One Direction fans.
  18. preservation watch
    The Nivola Horses Are Finally Getting Their Feet BackArchitectural conservationists are restoring the sculptures for an eventual return to public space this fall.
  19. great rooms
    A Neo-Moderne Reinvention of a Derelict Village House, Abandoned for 10 YearsBefore and after photos.
  20. design edit
    Marimekko Wallpaper, a Transit Zine, and More Design FindsPlus an art and design lending library at the Tribeca art gallery 52 Walker.
  21. shopping
    The Founder of Yuns Wants You to Have a Well-Stocked ToolboxStarting with the “Maybach of hammers.”
  22. great rooms
    When a Gallerist Asks One of Her Artists to Redo Her Farmhouse UpstateValerie Goodman enlisted Jacques Jarrige to create a new interior — plus all the furniture and the art.
  23. why this looks like that
    Designer Sean Kim Sticks Strange Things on Practical ThingsAfter 3-D printing 2,000 lamps in his closet, Kim just wants to find his next hit.
  24. corner shop
    A Freaky Lamp Show in Fort GreeneLight-up socks, blenders with bulbs, and a banana pendant.
  25. great rooms
    Fashion Designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh Is Raising Two Kids in This All-White Loft“We’re working on becoming more minimal.”
  26. design edit
    Faith Ringgold’s Story Quilts, a Minimalist Vacuum, and Other Design FindsPlus, an exhibition about lower Manhattan’s malls at the Abrons Arts Center.
  27. shopping
    The Crown Heights Design Shop That Began As a Teenager’s Bud-Vase CollectionOf the Cloth’s owner is happy to part with his collection of vintage textiles, ceramics, and furniture.
  28. great rooms
    A Mid-Pandemic Move to a Former YMCA in Hudson“It was the Brooklyn lifestyle we always wanted…without the crowded streets and the inflated prices.”
  29. on trend
    Weird and Wild Florals Are Everywhere You LookFrom Katie Stout’s bronze chandelier to the cotton petals on Pelle’s light post, furniture is in bloom.
  30. why this looks like that
    Chris Schanck Goes Cosmic With His Surreal Chairs and ChandeliersAnd branches out into more personal, story-based work for his show at MAD.
  31. great rooms
    The 17-Year Bed-Stuy Brownstone RenovationRodney Lawrence and Terry Sonterre took their time.
  32. design edit
    Ebony’s Groovy Test Kitchen, Euphoria’s Bedrooms, and Other Design FindsPlus, a gravity-defying installation by Tomás Saraceno at the Shed.
  33. great rooms
    Just for Men No More: Before and After Photos of a Former Uptown Men’s ClubRiver Terrace has always been a Washington Heights power building. Its renovated men’s club now welcomes all.
  34. on set
    What Went Into Building The Gilded Age’s 19th-Century New YorkSometimes it’s CGI. Other times it’s a soundstage. And it can also be another city that stands in for the long-lost Upper East Side.
  35. great rooms
    Artist Andres Serrano’s Medieval-Style Greenwich Village Triplex“I realized that the things that made the most sense here were religious in nature.”
  36. design edit
    Vintage CorningWare, A Whimsical Windsor Chair, and More Design Picks This WeekPlus a new book about women who changed architecture.
  37. great rooms
    Before and After: Revival of an Actress’s Dated CondoTess Soltau enlisted White Arrow to gut-reno her apartment with showstopping views.
  38. color theory
    Madewell Is Selling Paint Now?Yes, and chore jackets in the very same millennial beige.
  39. great rooms
    A Two-Bedroom, With Room for a ScooterInterior designer Kammi Reiss created a serene apartment her husband could navigate with ease.
  40. design edit
    A Nightlife Residency, Architecture Posters, and Other Things I Liked This WeekPlus, an installation that captures the underwater sounds of New York.
  41. furniture
    The ‘Fantasy Furniture’ of a Feminist IconKate Millett at Salon 94 Design shows the subversive power of pleasurable furniture.
  42. great rooms
    Then-and-Now Photos: Staying Put In the Same One-Bedroom for 60 YearsArchitectural historian Andrew Alpern bought his one-bedroom Chelsea apartment in 1962 with no intention to ever leave. And he hasn’t.
  43. great rooms
    Meet the Residents of a New Low-Income Building by Robert A.M. Stern ArchitectsIn Brownsville, Brooklyn, not on Billionaires’ Row.
  44. design edit
    Lunar New Year Ceramics, ’80s Hip-Hop Flyers, and Other Things I Liked This WeekPlus reissued postmodern Bodum glassware from MoMA Design Store
  45. 21 questions
    Murray Moss Wants to Live in the Harvard ClubThe director of Moss Bureau answers Curbed’s 21 Questions.
  46. year in review
    Curbed’s 10 Most-Read Great Rooms Stories in 2021They include stories about a storefront church, a rock-star journalist, and a 300-square-foot East Village studio.
  47. great rooms
    Wait, You Bought a Used Lighthouse on Long Island?Randy Polumbo won the 1899 Orient Point landmark in a government auction and turned it into an artists’ retreat.
  48. design edit
    bell hooks on Design, a Tentacled Lamp, and Other Things I Liked This WeekPlus ‘Filipinx’ graphic design.
  49. great rooms
    Making an 1840s Cobble Hill Townhouse Whole Again: Before and After PhotosA project by Peter Guthrie and Susanne Schaal’s Yellowtrees studio.
  50. color theory
    Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2022 Is Really More of the SameMeet Very Peri, a “new” shade of blue.
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