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A Piece About A Piece: The Isamu Noguchi Table

Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) was one of the twentieth century’s most important and critically acclaimed sculptors. His work has transcended generations and crossed several aesthetic boundaries. His "simple" coffee table form has been a sou...

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The History Of Subway Tile

By Melissa Colabella You may know that subway tiles received their eponymous name after the distinctive 3" x 6" was selected as the choice design by George C. Heins and Christopher Grant La Farge who designed the very first station of Ne...

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Modern or Contemporary: What’s the Difference?

By John Hill, Houzz Contributor Modern or Contemporary: What's the Difference? What is the difference between modern and contemporary architecture? Why the distinction? At their most literal, "contemporary" is the architecture being pro...

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19th Century Europe – Chinoiserie Style

Chinoiserie translates to “Chinese-esque.” The style went on to become a key element in rococo design. Western fascination with eastern goods dates back to the Romans, who went crazy for the Chinese silk that reached them along carav...

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Octagon Houses

Of all of the Victorian styles, the Octagon is the simplest to identify with its eight sided construction. Some adaptations have six, ten, or more sides. Many sport octagonal cupolas or domes and porches; most have a raised basement. There are ...

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Craftsman Style Homes

By Melissa Colabella Here in the River towns (Hastings on Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown and Ossining) you will see a lot of “Craftsman style” homes for sale. “Craftsman” is a term that falls under the umbrella of the Arts...

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Second Empire

Where: Frequent in Northeast and Midwest. Comparatively rare on the West Coast or in the South. Common locally in the Rivertowns of Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, Scarborough, Irvington and Hastings on Hudson. When: 1855 – 1885 Look For: ...

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