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Frank Maurice “Bunny” Allen was one of the last great gentleman hunters and safari guides in Africa. The shop F.M. Allen takes its cues from his life of luxury, adventure and romance. It has vintage British campaign items, such as a circa 1940 English traveling bar with six Bakelite-topped glass bottles and everything a host would need for a spirited outing. (February 2007)


Venfield’s second location, on East 60th Street, showcases Murano glass and sleek satin upholstery. Stephen Shadley says of Greg Ventra and Mark Field’s pair of shops, “Uptown there’s an array of vintage chandeliers and sconces, while downtown, a more intimate atmosphere features case pieces and additional lighting.” (February 2007)


A Los Angeles companion to Eric Thévenot’s decade-old Paris shop, Blend Interiors features new designs from the owner-designer alongside midcentury pieces, industrial items, antiques and accessories like ceramics by Jean Lurcat and andirons by Adnet. (February 2007)


Designers and museum curators call on Jacques Carcanagues Gallery for collectible tribal jewelry, textiles, architectural artifacts and furniture. Items include a 1920s Japanese painted kiri-wood tansu, $5,000, and an 18th-century gold-painted wood Laotian standing Buddha, $12,500. (April 2007)


Culver City, California, is home to the expansive Jefferson West and its folk art marquetry chest, $6,750. The chest, decorated outside and in, has a cedar lining, a removable shelf and an inset mirror. (June 2007)


A favorite of Mario Buatta’s, Yew Tree House Antiques of New York’s Upper East Side carries European furniture, paintings and bibelots. Items include an 18th-century Welsh low dresser, a 19th-century dairy cupboard, a 19th-century French copper weathervane and a portrait of the seventh Earl Spencer, the grandfather of Princess Diana. (June 2007)


Mantiques Modern’s multilevel Manhattan showroom contains offbeat Modern furniture and accessories along with singular pieces by noted designers. Among them are a 1940s leather wine holder, $1,600, and a games table, $2,900, both by Jacques Adnet; a 1968 starburst sculpture by Curtis Jere, $3,600; and a pair of Richard Etts cast-plaster lamps that depict the artist’s hands, $3,600 (right). (May 2007)


Kevin Stone and Mark Diamond travel around the world several times a year to stock their shop on New Orleans’s Magazine Street, Kevin Stone Antiques & Interiors, with items such as an 18th-century chinoiserie spice cabinet, $12,000, once used to ship spices from China to Europe and now displayed on a Georgian parcel-gilt stand. (September 2007)


Off the Wall Antiques has a collection of curious collectibles, among them a nostalgic 1930s carnival midway shooting gallery with all the bells and wistles, $12,500, and midcentury Frederick Weinberg swiveling barstools, $1,600 for a set of four. (July 2007)


Designer Juan Pablo Molyneux says of Bernard Steinitz, “He is one of the greatest antiquires in the world—he has an eye for the extraordinary, not only in quality but also in rarity.” The Galerie Steinitz (33-1-42-89-40-50), where Bernard and his son Benjamin, a director of the firm, are ensconced, has been a fixture of Paris’s eighth arrondissement for many years. The selection includes a pair of silver elephants made in India in the 19th century, $95,000. (May 2007)


Joann Carmel, of Yellow Bird Antiques (941-388-1823) in Sarasota, Florida, fills her shop with tapestries, objects from Asia, collections of bronze, busts of Napoleon and several rare first editions. One such first edition is an 1823 two-volume diary of Barry E. O’Meara, the surgeon who attended Napoleon and recorded the medical condition and conversations of his patients between 1815 and 1818, offered at $1,800. Designers such as Carleton Varney are supporters of the treasured gallery. (April 2007)


Gallery 440 (212.979.5800) in Manhattan has a selection of streamlined midcentury designs. Rena Dumas, the Greek-born architect and designer whose commissions include Hermès boutiques worldwide and the Paris headquarters of Christie’s, conceived an opaque desk in white and smoked Lucite in the 1970s, $7,500. A pair of signed aluminum sconces by Max Sauze, $2,000, cast starburst fingers of light on a wall or a ceiling. (May 2007)


Among the midcentury furniture and lighting at Susane R. Lifestyle Boutique in Miami are a pair of Dorothy Draper ebonized chests with original hardware and silver-leafed detail, $3,000. A floor lamp by Karl Springer, $4,900; and a pair of French 1930s chairs, $3,600, infuse the the shop with vintage glamour. (July 2007)

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Hubbardton Forge earned the award for the Dyad lighting series.

Winning never gets old. At last month’s High Point Market, the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) awarded Vermont-based manufacturer Hubbardton Forge their fourth Pinnacle Award.

The company, securing the award for Design Achievement in Lighting, garnered the recognition for their Dyad collection of floor and table lamps. According to Pinnacle judges, the collection “exhibited strong architectural style softened by relevant materials,” a quality which ultimately earned the award for Hubbardton Forge.

The contemporary Dyad lamps feature bases comprised of locally milled hardwood juxtaposed with heavy-grade steel, and the collection is designed and manufactured by Vermont artisans. Clean, sculptural lines contrast the rugged materials of the collection presenting the end consumer with a classic, timeless product.

Previous Pinnacle award-winning Hubbardton Forge designs include the Pierced Arc (2002), the Fullered Impressions (2004), and the Stasis (2005).

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Rockwell Group has designed sets for Broadway productions including “Hairspray” and “Legally Blonde.”

The Kodak Theatre

From Broadway to Tinsel Town, Interior Design Hall of Famer David Rockwell always finds himself in the spotlight. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced last week that Rockwell Group will spearhead the set design for the 81st Academy Awards in Los Angeles next February. The event will take place at the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, which Rockwell Group designed in 2001.

“David is an innovator who possesses the outstanding combination of truly firsthand knowledge of the Kodak Theatre and superb design work in a variety of realms, including film and theatre,” said Laurence Mark and Bill Condon, Academy producer and executive producer, in a joint statement. “We’re pleased to be collaborating with someone whose talents are so diverse.”

Rockwell Group is no stranger to the stage as the company has designed sets for Broadway productions in New York including “Hairspray,” “Legally Blonde,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” and the upcoming “Catch Me If You Can” and “Houdini.” The announcement comes just two weeks after Rockwell Group received the 2008 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design.

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A LEED-certified museum and a glass-and-steel pavilion are set to open in November and December, respectively, in upstate New York.

The city of Buffalo, New York, is adding two major sites to its architectural landscape—the Burchfield Penny Art Center by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects and Toshiko Mori’s Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion. They will be joining the already rich architectural heritage of the city, where landmarks include works by Louis Sullivan, Eero and Eliel Saarinen, and Stanford White, among others.


Burchfield Penny Art Center, designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects. Photos, from left: Biff Henrich; K.C. Kratt

The Burchfield Penny Art Center will open first on November 22 at Buffalo State College. The 84,000-square-foot facility triples the museum’s old exhibition space to include 11 galleries over two floors, a 156-seat auditorium, an art conservation lab, administrative spaces, and a library. Clad in Zinc, manganese-glazed brick, and cast stone, the structure will be the first LEED-certified museum in all of New York state. (At press time, it is slated for Silver certification.) Its composition of geometric forms includes mostly rectangular volumes, with a single curving side and a cylindrical tower holding part of the reception and a unique, 25-foot-diameter gallery for Charles Burchfield’s own masterworks. Collections include 7,500 pieces by celebrated artists, photographers, architects, and designers, ranging from Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo to Gustav Stickley and Frank Lloyd Wright.


Burchfield Penny Art Center, designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects. Photos: K.C. Kratt

Wright will also be highlighted in Buffalo with the addition of the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion, a Toshiko Mori–designed visitor center providing an entry point for the architect’s historic Darwin D. Martin House complex. Home to the second largest collection of Wright-designed houses, the city mounted a $50 million program to restore the complex’s five structures, as well as to add the pavilion. Mori’s design pays homage to Wright’s Prairie style aesthetic, reinterpreting it for the 21st century via triple-glazed walls, a hipped and cantilevered roof, and steel support columns. The 7,775-square-foot structure will also house exhibit space; it is scheduled to open in December.


Clockwise from top left: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House. Construction shot of Toshiko Mori’s Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion, set to open in December. A model depicting the completed Mori-designed pavilion.Photos: Courtesy Buffalo Niagara CVB/Ed Healy

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The awards are organized by Chicago Athenaeum, with Metropolitan Arts Press and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.


2008 Winners: Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada; Ann Demeulemeester Shop, Korea

It’s time once again for design firms throughout the world to start polishing up their portfolios as the December 1 submission deadline for the 2009 International Architecture Awards is fast approaching.

Organized by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, in association with Metropolitan Arts Press and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, the annual awards honor outstanding contemporary architecture from across the globe. Finnish architecture journalist and critic Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine is curating this year’s program.


2008 Winners: House in Wakabadai, Japan; The Salt House, Great Britain

In order to be considered, entries for both built and un-built projects must be designed by architects as of January 1, 2006. Awarded projects will be featured in an exhibition scheduled for an international tour next year.

Last year, 110 projects from 38 countries were narrowed down from hundreds of submissions, ranging from skyscrapers to private residences. Past winners include Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Zaha Hadid Architects.

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Multiple honorees included Saucier + Perrotte Architectes and the team of Sid Lee and AEdifica.


Winner DNA Restaurant. Winner Adidas Originals showroom.

The best-designed Montreal businesses took bows this week as Communication Design Montreal announced the Grand Prix winners of its third annual Créativité Montreal competition.

Organized by Les Éditions Infopresse, the contest handed out 13 awards in categories such as urban planning, restaurants, showrooms and health/wellness/beauty. The major honoree was Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, which took home the night’s top Grand Prix, awarded across all project categories, for the Michel Brisson men’s shop. The firm’s design for its own headquarters also received a Grand Prix for large offices.


Winner Saucier + Perrotte Architectes headquarters.

Another multiple winner was the team of Sid Lee and AEdifica, which brought home Grand Prix awards for two collaborative projects: the Adidas Originals store, claiming honors for businesses outside Canada designed by a Québec firm, and SAQ’s Express 22h outlet store, which prevailed in the chains, brands and franchises category.

Sitting on this year’s awards jury were fashion designer Philippe Dubuc, Galerie Monopoli director and cofounder Sophie Gironnay, designer Jacques Bildeau and architects Marc-André Plasse and Sergio Morales.


Winner Michel Bisson showroom. Winner SAQ Express wine & spirits retailer.

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Windpower will generate all the electricity for public areas.

Copenhagen is set to receive a striking new entrance by Steven Holl Architects. The firm’s design — consisting of two public walkways towering 213 feet above the harbor to connect two towers — was unanimously selected last week after an international competition organized by CPH City and Port Development and ATP Ejendomme.

Dubbed the LM Project, the development is intended to be an iconic waterfront landmark, with green features located throughout. Electricity for all public spaces will be generated by wind turbines lining the top of the pedestrian bridge roof and both the Langenlinie tower and the Marmormolen tower are clad in high performance glass curtainwalls. The curtainwalls will collect rays from the sun via a photovoltaic solar screen, providing energy for a seawater heating and cooling system. Reflecting the site’s shipping history, the Langenlinie tower includes a “prow-like” public deck allowing access to bridge elevators and public amenities including cafes and galleries.

“With the winning project, we get a great high-rise building, which will bind the city better together and function as a landmark in the harbor,” says Copenhagen mayor Ritt Bjerregaard.

Renderings courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

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