| Feb 24, 2008
"I'd prefer to face indoors," I said to my friends Christopher and Dirk, who had taken me out for dinner on my first night in Finland's capital last October.
We were about to be seated at Lasipalatsi, the "glass palace" restaurant....
| Apr 19, 2009
Alfred A. Knopf: 352 pp., $40
My hopes, I'll admit, were not especially high for "Conversations With Frank Gehry," Barbara Isenberg's collection of recent interviews with the architect. Particularly in...
| Nov 30, 2008
Jorn Utzon, the Danish architect whose eye-catching, nautically inspired design for the Sydney Opera House overcame a series of controversies surrounding its budget and acoustics to become one of the most recognizable landmarks of the 20th century,...
| Jan 3, 2009
Brock Galerie owners Cameron Smith, above left, and Tom Kurthy are not graduates of the refinishing school of modern furniture. "We like to find things in a weathered state and not mess with it," Smith says. "Leaving something in its original condition is...
| Mar 6, 2010
It can be a bit delicate to ask a furniture shopper: "Oh, sir, um, maybe, ah, you'd like to see something a bit, hmmm, sturdier?"
We are, as a people, as a sitting-in-chairs public, big. Bigger than we ought to be, health authorities frequently tell us....
| Nov 2, 2006
IN the eyes of furniture restorer Denise Karger, no vintage flea market find is too far gone for a 21st century revival. Her advice for that Alvar Aalto armchair you scored at the Rose Bowl? "Refurbish it the right way," says Karger, who has run...
| Mar 28, 2009
As children of the Great Depression, Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman had modest dreams: They wanted to own their home and decorate it with beautiful things. In 1952, the couple left Detroit to start a mom-and-pop arts studio in Culver City, and in the...