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Best Thing in Venice: The Olivetti Store

So I was just in Venice, to see the Biennale. Art-wise, there wasn’t much that really wowed me, so I’ll start with the fantastic newly-restored Olivetti store in Piazza San Marco. Designed by the late, great Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa (one of my favorites) in 1957-58, the space has been turned into a stunning museum space by the city. They
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Bing Thom & The Rubell Collection, in…Washington?

I was impressed by the Vancouver architect Bing Thom, who I heard speak last week at the Sustainable Suburbs conference in Toronto. Vancouver architect Bing Thom. Image: vancouverism.ca Thom’s Arena Stage at the Mead Centre for American Theatre. Image: archdaily.com Not only has Thom just designed an improbably well-received Arena Stage at the Mead Centre for American Theatre in Washington
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Hot New Design Firm: Reigo & Bauer

Check out my profile of the young design team Reigo & Bauer, in the current issue of DesignLines magazine. The Toronto couple has renovated a Deco-style building into a number of apartments, retaining many original details. They make the most of the space in their tiny apartment, which opens onto a fantastic roof deck. And they have set up their
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Joshua Prince Ramus: “Constraints are the Mother of Invention”

Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus. Image: seattlepi.com On Friday, we went to hear Joshua Prince-Ramus, the president of REX Architects in New York, speak at Toronto’s Interior Design Show, for the Azure-sponsored talks. Prince-Ramus is an excellent and passionate speaker, who previously worked with Rem Koolhaas.  He is also an architect who – like Koolhaas –  clearly revels in the constraints imposed
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