Jan Kath, originally from Bochum, Germany…

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…has been an admirer of hand-spun and woven fabrics of the Himalayas for years.  Proving that the intricate patterns which characterizes the region, along with the painstakingly task of construction by hand can be moved into the modern era with contemporary artistry, the designer has opened a new showroom in New York on West 25th Street.  And what better way to introduce his beautifully crafted, one-of-a kind carpets than with the new “From Russia With Love” collection (pictured left) ?

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The German product company, Rimowa…

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…is expanding.  It’s not uncommon for heads to turn, perhaps out of admiration, perhaps put of envy, when one of their luggage pieces is seen on the jet way.  And now, their characteristic grooves and tight construction are available for Apple’s tablet line.  To continue reading the Product Design page, click here.

If the goal of a memorial is to allow us to pause and reflect…

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…then architect Peter Eisenmann’s and engineer Buro Happold’s 2005 work, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, i.e., Holocaust-Mahnmal, will leave you awed, stunned and perhaps even devastated.  Made of more than 2,700 stone monoliths of various heights, and taking up an entire city block, the sheer size and scope of it is almost to take in.  As you walk throughout the paths between the stones, an intentionally disorienting experience, you will be struck by the uneasy silence of the area–despite being located in downtown Berlin between the Brandenburg Gate and Pottsdamer Platz.

The effect it has upon you is similar to that you experience at Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, DC–unsettling and yet hopeful in the conviction we cannot allow these events in human history to be repeated.  To continue reading the Architecture page, click here.