Archive: Building Voice

  image above is a beautiful, inspiring image of Scott Brown and Venturi’s home. Something splashed across the design news today  that I think is a critical move in the advancement of women in any professional field.  Denise Scott Brown asked for the Pritzker Prize that her husband was awarded in 1991. Robert Venturi received…

Centerpieces

By Amy Azzarito There was actually a time when flowers were not welcome on the dinner table. It’s hard to believe but the big moment for floral table centerpieces didn’t happen until just after the 19th century. Prior, there simply wasn’t enough space on the table because food was served a la francais, a style…

Letter from Annie, July 2014

Hello, Welcome back to Chairs and Buildings! I am refreshed, the site is refreshed, and this summer is going to be great. I have been working with the very talented Kind Aesthetic to revamp the site. We have labored over ideas and concepts of how to make Chairs and Buildings better and more vital, as…

Flower Space

Flora and Fauna in design work is a tricky business. When I started studying design in the ‘80s, there were some nods to the impact of the Arts and Crafts movement when Venturi Scott Brown  used epic wall paper for their personal dining room, but frankly, if you were trained as a modernist, you had…

Cultural Clover

One of the most thought-provoking art events this summer is the cultivation and experience of the John Street Pasture . Devised by artist/farmer Andrea Reynosa, this Dumbo vacant lot has been transformed into a productive work of art. Reynosa exclusively uses clover in her pasture which creates a micro-climate that will replenish and infuse nitrogen…